Author: The 2 Idiots

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8 Tips to Survive Flying with an Infant

When our son Aarav was born, our friends who were well-acquainted with our love of travel told us to slow down until he grew up. But we were travel junkies. We wouldn’t let having a child keep us away from our next fix. Besides, traveling is awesome, and we wanted to share this passion with our son. We knew that for our son’s sake and our own, it was necessary to introduce him to travel as early as possible.

So when we decided to travel with a four-month-old, we knew not to expect smooth sailing. His first flight was rocky. But we learned. And with each trip we take, we learn even more. Though Aarav has now been on over 70 flights, we’re still learning. However, one thing we know for sure is that there’s no substitute for proper preparation. In the spirit of helping you prepare for flying with an infant, here are a few of our favorite tips for flying with a baby.

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Flying with a Newborn on a Plane 101: Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

We love traveling, and so does our son. Well, considering that he was only four-months-old when he went on his first flight, he hardly had a choice. He didn’t choose the travel life. The travel life chose him. His first flight was not easy, but we never expected it to be easy. Like any parent flying on a plane with a newborn, we were terrified. But we decided to go anyway.

If you enjoy traveling, it’s essential to make it a habit early on during your child’s life, both for your sake and your child’s. And no matter how long or short the flight, it’s best to be prepared. Here are a few things we’ve learned about flying with a newborn on a plane. Though they can’t guarantee you a hiccup-free trip, they’ll certainly help your flight be more enjoyable.

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Tokyo with Kids: The Ultimate Kid-Friendly Travel Guide

Traveling in Tokyo with kids is easy and fun. The seamless public transportation system allows you to efficiently get from Point A to Point B with little to no hassle. The locals are friendly and readily willing to provide advice and help whenever needed. There are all kinds of food, and don’t get us started on the lights. Kids love bright, shiny, and colorful things, and all of Tokyo’s lights are definitely bright, shiny, and colorful. All this coupled with the countless things to do in Tokyo with kids makes it one of our favorite places to travel with little ones. Below, you’ll find the ultimate guide to Tokyo. We’ll tell you the best places to stay, where to eat, and the top things to do in Tokyo with kids. So strap on your seatbelts because we’re taking off, baby.

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Parent-Approved: The 6 Best Travel Infant Car Seats (2019 Guide)

Traveling with infants requires a good car seat that can travel with you. Not only will you want and need a seat that keeps your baby secure when riding in taxis or on car-led private tours, the seats can also keep your infant safe in their own seat on an airplane.

We reviewed car seats that are lightweight, travel well, and are relatively easy to set up. These are for infants up to age 18 months. They all weigh less than 22 pounds and convert from a rear- to front-facing seat. If traveling with older children, you’ll want to review our list of parent-approved car seats and boosters for toddlers.

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Top 10 Best Kid Friendly Hotels in Tokyo

Tokyo is an awesome place to visit with the entire family. There’s lots to do, it’s easy to get around, and the people are friendly. Unfortunately, many of the city’s hotels have small rooms and single beds, and finding a family friendly hotel in Tokyo can be tough. That’s why we’ve taken the time to compile this list of the best kid friendly hotels in Tokyo. Whether the hotel has many kid-friendly amenities, is located near one of Tokyo’s most popular kid-friendly attractions, or just caters to the needs of kids, here are the top 10 kid friendly hotels in Tokyo in no particular order.

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Top 10 Best Baby and Kid Friendly Restaurants in Tokyo

One of the most difficult things about traveling abroad with children is the food issue. While most places have a McDonald’s or some other kid-friendly fast food, what happens when you actually want to sit down and enjoy a nice meal? What about when you want to eat some local food? How can you be sure they’ll offer something your kids will actually eat? During our travels, we spent a good bit of time in Tokyo. One thing we discovered is despite this country’s love affair with food, it’s surprisingly unaccommodating for families wanting to eat together. From cramped quarters to restaurants with few or no child-friendly amenities, finding a place where the whole family can gather for a meal is a bit tough. But don’t despair. You don’t have to cramp your culinary style just because you’re eating with kids. Here’s our list of the best kid friendly restaurants in Tokyo. At these child friendly restaurants in Tokyo, you’ll find play areas, dedicated children’s menus, highchairs, booster seats, and other kid-friendly amenities that can make your eating experience enjoyable for all involved.

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20 Travel with Kids Quotes that Will Inspire You to Travel More

Taking a family vacation is unlike any other experience in the world. This is a great chance for you and your children to get out in the world and explore. Traveling with kids a truly rewarding experience, so we wanted to provide you with twenty of our favorite quotes that will inspire you to travel more with your kids. We’ve also thrown in a few of our quotes because why not … it’s our blog :). For more in-depth information on how to travel with children, including countless practical tips, be sure to check out our book, How to Travel with Kids Without Losing Your Mind.

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Top 5 Washington, D.C. Museums for Kids (4 of them are FREE!)

As the capital city of the United States, it’s no surprise that Washington, D.C. has much to see and do. In fact, you might not know where to start. While you want to be sure you and your kids see major landmarks like the White House and the Lincoln Memorial, you should also set time aside to visit one of the city’s many impressive museums. A museum? With kids? Am I crazy? While it might seem as though your kids will be bored during these visits, nothing could be further from the truth. Not only are the best museums in Washington, D.C. for kids filled with impressive displays and exhibits, but many also have an interactive aspect, so your children can play an active, fun role in their own education. As a bonus, most of these museums don’t charge admission. Instead, they simply encourage a donation. This means you can pay whatever you’re comfortable with, which is a huge bonus for budget-minded travelers. 

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Five Reasons Why an Airbnb is Better Than a Hotel

Where you stay during a vacation can make or break your entire experience. Years ago, we didn’t have much of a choice other than booking a hotel room. Today, we have Airbnb, and with those, our options are endless. We’re not limited to a single room like we are when we book a hotel. We have an entire house that actually feels like home. Cook meals in a full kitchen, and catch a little break from the kids with separate bedrooms. Want a house with three bathrooms? You got it. Looking for a penthouse suite? Just tick the box under the filters. In a battle between Airbnb vs. a hotel, who would reign supreme? We think Airbnb. Here’s why.

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6 reasons it’s easier to travel with an infant than a toddler

When it comes to traveling with children, some people are wary about traveling with an infant and think it best to wait until their kid is a little older. After all, they contend, you need to pack bottles, strollers, car seats, formula, diapers, and enough clothes to cover those more-than-likely diaper blowouts. But there are actually many advantages to traveling with an infant. From free plane rides to less sass, here are reasons why traveling with an infant is way easier than traveling with a toddler.

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