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The 6 best travel car seats for toddlers

Parent-Approved: The 6 Best Travel Car Seats and Boosters for Toddlers (Front-Facing, 22+ Pounds, 18+ Months)

We spent hours researching car seats for our children to make sure they are safe and secure in our cars, yet when we hit the road, we discover our enormous “tanks” of car seats are difficult to carry, hard to install and can get damaged during transit. So, how do we keep our children safe when we are taking taxis or tours and riding on a plane? Bring on the lightweight car seats that keep our kids secure but are lightweight and easy to install.

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Parent Approved: The 6 best travel bassinets from The 2 Idiots Travel Blog

Parent-Approved: The 6 Best Travel Cribs for Toddlers

Traveling with a toddler for months on end meant we seriously researched travel cribs to keep Aarav safe and sound as he slept in various hotels and Airbnbs. Our choice was the Lotus Guava, which you can read all about in our Travel Crib Recommendation, but there were some runner ups that may be the right fit for you. All of the following travel cribs are lightweight, pack up and travel well, and are relatively easy to set up. Most, however, are not made for babies under a year old; for that, you’ll want to review our list of parent-approved travel bassinets.

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Parent Approved: The 6 best travel bassinets from The 2 Idiots Travel Blog

Parent-Approved: The 6 Best Travel Bassinets

Our favorite thing about traveling with an infant is we could go practically anywhere with our son and he’d sleep. Dining out? A piece of cake as he would fall asleep in his car seat en route and then could sleep through the noise of a restaurant with the greatest of ease. And, when it comes to staying in a hotel, there is no need for an extra bed. All you need is a bassinet.

Before companies catered to babies, older travelers, so we have been told, would remove a drawer from the hotel dresser, pad it with a blanket and use it as a bassinet. Today, we have lots of travel bassinets that are safe, comfortable, and easy to carry.

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Whats on our travel bucket list - 12 ideas for our next trip around the world

What’s Next On Our Travel Bucket List? 12 Places For Our Next Trip Around The World

We may have traveled to over 50 countries each (and over 40 with our child) but that has not cured our insatiable wanderlust. We knew our 9 months of nonstop travel would have to end, yet even while on the road, we were always planning for our next big adventure, saving our list of places we wanted to visit onto our phones. Our list has grown since we have returned home. Some would call it a Bucket List.

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Our scariest travel experiences

Our Scariest Travel Experiences

Everyone has fears about what could go wrong. Before we traveled, we worried about how we would communicate in countries where English wasn’t common, about having enough money, about what would happen if Aarav got sick. Even after our worldwide tour, there are always worries, yet we don’t let any of them stop us. Still, we are asked often if we experienced any scares on our travels.

Most travel bloggers will have you believe it’s all roses, all of the time. We tell the truth about traveling with kids. Yes, we had a couple of scares. They do happen!

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7 Mistakes to Avoid on a Long Flight With Kids

As parents who have traveled with our toddler for 9 months straight, taking 39 different flights around the world, we can’t help but notice when there are parents attempting travel for the first time. It’s easy to spot the newbies: there is a sense of panic before boarding, their children are hungry, and they are not not working as a team.

Don’t get us wrong — Aarav has had his tantrums and we have certainly had our moments. But with all of the trips we have taken, we now know what to do, and what not to do when flying.

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How to find a babysitter when you travel

How To Find Babysitting Help When You Travel? (exclusive book preview)

It can be extremely daunting to leave a child with a babysitter we just met in a different country. While traveling as a family for 9 straight months, we decided a babysitter was necessary every now and then — we needed and wanted to have dates on our travels. It’s not for everyone to make such a decision; we get it. However, we used a babysitter in Bali, Rome, Lima, Peru, and Santiago, Chile, so we learned a few things. If you are wondering how to use a babysitter during your next trip, our tips may help you feel more at ease.

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New Years Eve in Sydney

5 Tips for Protecting Your Memories While You Travel

Travel is wonderful for all of the experiences it provides you and your family, but long after a trip is over, the best part of travel are the memories you make. Your family will always have the special bond that comes from making it through a journey together, laughing about travel mishaps and fondly recalling meeting a local family that you still may be connected to via social media. To keep those memories vivid, you’ll also want to take lots of photographs and videos, and both are irreplaceable if lost.

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Amazing view of the casinos around Macau

Ultimate Kid-Friendly Itinerary for 1 or 2 Days in Macau, China

Why do The 2 Idiots recommend Macau?

We hate when we read travel websites that do nothing but rave about how wonderful every destination is. It’s misleading. We want to be honest about our experiences, and we honestly don’t recommend families visit Macau. It is a nice enough place, super new and super clean, and one of the only places in China you can gamble. Unlike Las Vegas, however, it just doesn’t have the same energy and things to do with kids. Unless you want to visit to gamble and play games in the casinos, which are nice and super expensive (more expensive than Las Vegas!), it’s just not on our list of cities to visit with kids.

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