This is one of the sections that separates The 2 Idiots Travel Blog from any other travel blog out there. We have done extensive traveling with our child and are excited to share our experiences, tips and travel advice with you. We have topics around managing sleep with a child, different modes of transportation, using technology and so much more.
Do you remember what it was like in the olden (i.e. pre-iPad) days, when you would go to a nice restaurant with your family? You would spend about 60 percent of your time entertaining your child, 20 percent making apologetic looks to other diners, 15 percent wondering why you ever thought this was a good idea, and maybe 5 percent enjoying your time there. Well, multiply that by a 100 and that is what it can be like to travel with a child. But there is a cure: Technology. And we think it’s a pretty good cure!
This is every parents’ nightmare when traveling with children – their sleep routine will be disrupted, no one will get any sleep, and everyone will be miserable. This rings true especially when you know you’ll be crossing time zones. But, from experience, we can tell you that children are very adaptable, and worrying about their sleep schedule shouldn’t keep you from traveling. Yes, you may have some trying times, but overall, things will likely go more smoothly than you thought. We’ve compiled a few tips that we’ve learned along the way and that can help you feel more confident when traveling with young kids.
When you’re in a foreign country or an unfamiliar city, it’s important to be ready for anything. For example, you may wish to take a short trip by bus, either as part of a tour or simply to get around town. Bus travel has its perks, including affordability, but also significant drawbacks—especially when you’re traveling with a toddler.
Over nearly nine months of international travel with our 2-year old, we obviously took our fair share of flights—roughly 40, if you’re keeping score. But we spent plenty of time in the car, as well, renting vehicles in several different cities and exploring our surroundings via automobile, always with our little man in tow. (We also had several tour guides who carted us around, so our experience in this regard was quite varied.)
Whether you’re taking your toddler halfway across the world or simply across town, a good car seat is non-negotiable. With that said, not all car seats are created equal. And, as you consider potential car seats for domestic or international travel, you’ll no doubt want one that’s lightweight and flexible, in addition to being safe and secure.
When you are traveling around the world—or even just a few towns over or to a friend’s house, you never know exactly what the accommodations will be like where you are staying. Some hotels may have nice portable cribs, while others leave you wondering if your child would be better off sleeping on the floor. And even if you bring your own, we’ve found that some travel cribs are a nightmare to set up; there are so many pieces that must be put together in just the right way. Safety, ease of use, and portability are key.
Traveling with your family? First book a suite (hey, we are on vacay we need some space from the kids), then get the over-priced breakfast at the hotel (are those really eggs?) and then have to rent a car because the hotel right in the middle of the city was way out of budget. OR just make your life easier and book an Airbnb: wallet and sanity intact.
Today, there are more lodging options than ever before, especially thanks to platforms such as Airbnb. And we’re here to tell you that, even if you’ve got kids in tow, Airbnb can make your travels much easier and more pleasant.
Quick background: On our most recent trip, we had roughly 100 different destinations, and we used Airbnb for about 85 of them. On the whole, it was an incredibly positive experience, not least because we learned so much about how to use Airbnb effectively.
Flying with a two-year-old. For some parents (and probably a lot of non-parents, too), the very idea can seem harrowing. Actually, though, a plane trip with a toddler can be surprisingly smooth and pleasant, so long as you make the right preparations. Part of that includes investing in the right gear to keep everyone safe and comfy.
Yes, it’s vacation time… nope just kidding. You are a parent traveling with a child. It’s an 18 hour long flight, jet lag, screaming toddlers, judgy passengers, non-helpful flight attendant and bad airline food. It feel likes the halloween version of vacation.
Trust us, we know how you feel and it’s really not that bad and in this post we have some tried and tested tips for you. By the time our son was two and a half, he’d already been on 40 international flights with us, spanning some 19 different airlines. So, we have some decent experience—and in this blog, we’re going to share a few of the lessons we learned along the way. (We’ve also embedded a few links to some favorite products for air travel, so that you can click and buy them instantly.)
Without the right stroller, it can be hard visiting your local shopping mall with a toddler in tow. And if you’re planning any kind of domestic or international travel, forget it: You need to invest in a good stroller for everyone’s comfort, convenience, and general sanity.
But with so many strollers on the market today, which is the best for international travelers? The one we’re going to recommend isn’t necessarily the cheapest one out there, but it offers huge value and a lot of perks. If you’re traveling, it’s a wonderful product to have.