Traveling with Kids
Travel has been one of our passions as a couple for as long as we've been together. We knew that once we had kids we weren't going to let that slow us down. We have taken the boys with us on almost every trip we've gone on since they've been born. People look at us like we are crazy (and maybe we are!) when they see us pushing a double stroller and towing along all of the necessities it takes to travel as a family. Is it easy? No. But I wouldn't do it any different.
Last year was our first big over-seas trip as a four pack. My brother came along to help with the boys and take in the amazing sights with us. We started in London for a week then headed to Paris. It was such an easy trip considering we were traveling with a four year old and almost one year old. They acclimated to the time change with almost no hiccups and did an amazing job being on the go from sun up to sun down. It was the best vacation we have ever taken. It gave us a lot of confidence and made us think we could take on anything!
This year, we decided to head east again and this time spend two weeks exploring Italy and Austria. We went in November which is the rainy season for Italy and snowy in Austria. We managed to pack all four of us into two suitcases. We were a little over the weight limit but almost every airline gave us the pass without extra charges. They weren't kidding when they said "rainy season". We were soaked for almost the entire time in Italy which put a damper on things but didn't stop us from taking full advantage of touring the cities. My brother came along again since last years trip was such a success. We moved from city to city more frequently this time as we wanted to make the most of our time in Italy. I wouldn't recommend moving so often with two little's in tow. They loved seeing new things but they both had a hard time adjusting to each place.
I would encourage anyone who has kids to try and travel with them as much as possible. The memories and experiences you take away as a family far outweighs any stressful moments. It isn't a relaxing getaway but there will always be time for those trips when the kids are older. If you decide to travel abroad with kids, I highly recommend packing as light as possible. We were able to find laundromats in each city and had our clothes washed which was the best thing we did. Bring things that remind them of home so when they are feeling homesick they have something to cuddle. Anytime we fly, I always hit the dollar spot at target and pick up a few new thing they haven't seen before. Snacks are a must, too! As much as it is a pain to lug around a stroller (or a double in our case) it is so nice to have a place for the kids to rest when they need it and having the extra storage is a major bonus. We travel with our City Select Double Stroller and I highly recommend it for travel. Bradley is six and over fifty pounds and he can still sit comfortably in it. That stroller has been from the top of the Eiffel Tower to the beaches in Mexico. It is our favorite travel item by far.
We are researching where to take our traveling circus this year and we can't wait for more crazy adventures as a family!