We can all agree that moms are the best, especially ones that like to travel with kids in tow. We thought we could share some motherly travel tips from experienced traveling Moms.
What is worse than carrying a baby around for 9 months? Taking a baby on vacation! That might be the response of a few moms out there, but traveling with kids shouldn’t be viewed as torture. Moms do so much all year round and they shouldn’t be depriving themselves of a well-deserved vacation. Check out some travel tips from experienced Mom Travelers…
Mom Travel Tip #1
I would recommend to all the moms to practice the “slow travel”: stay more time in the same city, so you’ll get to experience more than just the tourist spots and will have much smoother days with the babies and kids.When you have more time, you can plan your travels to include more fun and culture for everyone: it´s much easier to choose one or two of your must-see places each day and have free time to explore the best places to go with the little ones. If you have the opportunity to stay somewhere longer, you can even try to live like a local, and you choose your favorite parks and kid-friendly cafes to go back to.In the last year, thanks to home exchange, we have been abroad more than we have been at home. I choose to stay 15 to 30 days in each city – and would recommend it even if it’s all your vacation time. My baby boy made tons of friends at the parks in the neighborhood in London, went to pre-school in Jamaica and played with kids in Florida. It’s the best way to learn about the culture, respect, and diversity.
-Tip from Máira, follow her on Instagram @maenomundo or her blog www.momintheworld.com
Mom Travel Tip #2
We have a 3 yo and a 5.5 yo and we go on at least one big international trip each year, so they spend lots of time in airports and on long-haul flights from California. To make it through the flights without getting completely stressed out, we suspend nearly all of our “normal rules.” They get virtually unlimited access to their tablets (with breaks for sleep when we deem it necessary) and as many granola bars, fruit snacks and cookies as they want. Everyone arrives at our destination happy. Remember: it’s their vacation too!
-Tip from Melissa Conn, the author at The Family Voyage
Melissa and her family in Ireland
Mom Travel Tip #3
My daughter is now 9 years old and we have been traveling with her since she was 9 months old. My favorite tip is to think of the first 18 months as a bonus period in terms of travel. The baby has no opinions, everything is new and interesting to her, she’s really portable, doesn’t need kid activities and is happy to just go where you go. So you can still travel to the places that you like, you just have to bring a stroller or carrier and diaper bag along and plan your day around naps and feedings. If you’re lucky you’ll have some moments to yourself enjoying a cappuccino, lunch or glass of wine while the baby naps. Savor this because by starting at 18 months they get very active and hard to keep up with. Travel becomes more challenging for 2-3 years and you might decide you just want to do easy beach vacations for a while!
– Tip from Eileen Gunn at FamiliesGo!
Mom Travel Tip #4
My favorite tip for mums traveling with kids is to travel carry-on only and use backpacks. Traveling light is a great way to save time and money when flying and using backpacks means you always have your hands free to hold your kids’.
– Tip from Marta, write about cultural travel for kids at Learning Escapes
Marta on vacation with her family
Mom Travel Tip #5
Have an agenda in mind for your daily explorations during your vacation but also be flexible and remember to laugh at the tantrums instead of getting angry. Traveling with two kids under the age of six isn’t easy but it’s rewarding as long as I have a stocked snack bag and point out entraining nooks and facts so that they aren’t bored in places like museums and galleries. Also be sure to know where the playgrounds are for some downtime between attractions.
– Tip from Yashy Murphy, Travel Writer, Lifestyle Blogger and Social Media Consultant at Baby & Life
Yashy and her family
Bonus Tip: When we travel with two kids under the age of 6 we love finding houses with a full kitchen and separate bedrooms or hotels with interconnecting rooms…why? So that mom and dad don’t need to sneak around in the dark to enjoy a glass of wine or beer after the kids’ bedtime. – Tip from Yashy Murphy, Travel Writer, Lifestyle Blogger and Social Media Consultant at Baby & Life
Want to make the best of your next family vacation?