Parent Travel Advice

EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY: Use technology to make your travels easier

Note: This is the ninth and final article in our series around our travel philosophy, Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. In this article, we breakdown what the 2nd E in Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. stands for. If you want to first get an overview on Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. itself, please click here.

We are big fans of technology. (Then again, we are both software engineers, so we may have a slight bias.) Technology begins with using tools like TripAdvisor and Google Translate to help you with your trip. Planning a trip requires some research, and there are many websites that can help you find your routes, seek out accommodations, and book your trip. When in a foreign location, having apps and resources to help you find your way, decipher a different language, or make alternative plans when weather suddenly changes is imperative.

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LEARN: Understand you won’t have a perfect trip but you will learn as you go along

Note: This is the eight article in our series around our travel philosophy, Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. In this article, we breakdown what the 2nd L in Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. stands for. If you want to first get an overview on Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. itself, please click here.

As parents, we make mistakes all the time, and most of the time — if we are honest — we don’t really know what we are doing (even when we act like we do!). We are imperfect, but we continue to learn as parents.

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BE PREPARED: Prepare mentally and have a plan for when things go wrong

Note: This is the seventh article in our series around our travel philosophy, Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. In this article, we breakdown what I in Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. stands for. If you want to first get an overview on Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. itself, please click here.

You can help wipe out a lot of anxiety you may have about traveling with a young child by preparing yourself mentally before a trip, as well as being prepared as a family during a trip. AJ is more the free spirit when it comes to travel; he can go with the flow without skipping a beat. Natasha? Well, she worries about what could go wrong and wants to be prepared for the worst.

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IMPROVISE: Improvise and go with the flow

Note: This is the sixth article in our series around our travel philosophy, Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. In this article, we breakdown what I in Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. stands for. If you want to first get an overview on Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. itself, please click here.

There are friends who stick to strict schedules for their children but sometimes, those schedules could cause you to miss out on things, or doesn’t always work. We are big believers in improvisation: Improvise and go with the flow with eating habits, eating times, sleep schedules and nap schedules.

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XPERIENCE: Experience new things and build amazing memories!

Note: This is the fifth article in our series around our travel philosophy, Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. In this article, we breakdown what X in Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. stands for. If you want to first get an overview on Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. itself, please click here.

Don’t be afraid of trying thing you did prior to having kids; continue to build upon those amazing memories by experiencing new things.

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EMPATHIZE: Empathize with each other, with your children and with other families

Note: This is the fourth article in our series around our travel philosophy, Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. In this article, we breakdown what the 1st E in Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. stands for. If you want to first get an overview on Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. itself, please click here.

When Natasha would get cranky after a long day walking around a city, it wasn’t a moment to fight with one another. She was simply tired and needed a break. Empathizing help us realize what the other was going through, allowing us to help each other if we got cranky, “hangry,” or ill.

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LIVE: Live your life and don’t wait for the perfect time to travel. Do it now!

Note: This is the third article in our series around our travel philosophy, Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. In this article, we breakdown what L in Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. stands for. If you want to first get an overview on Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. itself, please click here.

Can you believe that almost a third of a child’s life at home with you is when they are young? Don’t miss out on that time together; enjoy it fully! Too often our friends tell us they will wait for their children to get a little older or have other reasons that prevent them from traveling.

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Aarav enjoying the amazing black sand beaches of Santorini

FOCUS: Focus on your child, not others

Note: This is the second article in our series around our travel philosophy, Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. In this article, we breakdown what F in Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. stands for. If you want to first get an overview on Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. itself, please click here.

When it comes to traveling with children, stay focused on your child and not about disrupting others. Yes, we have boarded planes to “oh, no, they have a toddler” look, and we have had tour guides tell us strollers are not the best for their tours. Our focus remains on Aarav and if he gets cranky on a plane, we don’t worry about how strangers feel about his crying. We worry about our son and what is making him cry and how we can make him feel better.

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Our Travel Philosophy: Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E

Note: This is the first article in our series around our travel philosophy, Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. In this article, we give the overview of what Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. stands for and in future articles, we breakdown each letter at a time.

Before our son, Aarav, was born, we loved to travel together. AJ grew up in Dubai, traveling often with his family when he was young, and then continuing on his own once he left home. Natasha didn’t travel as much as a child, but once we met in North Carolina, she developed the travel bug through AJ, and ever since, we were travelers.

We knew we didn’t want to stop seeing the world when Aarav was born. We made up our minds to continue traveling, taking smaller trips and vacations before deciding to embark on our around the world adventure. We wanted him to see the world with him and share our experiences as a family.

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5 Reasons to Travel with Your Kids NOW

When people have kids, their life takes a major turn. Whereas they used to go out or travel, now they stay home. They tell themselves that they’ll start doing these things again when their kids are older or when this happens or that happens.

After our son was born, we didn’t want to get stuck in that vicious cycle of always having excuses for putting things off. We weren’t going to put our lives on hold; instead, we would bring our son with us and make him a part of the journey.

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