Traveling with Children Internationally

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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Ultimate Kid-friendly Itinerary for Spending 1, 2, 3 or 4 days in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Why do The 2 Idiots recommend Dubai?

Dubai is AJ’s hometown; he grew up here! He’s watched the city grow from a sleepy town where there were only a few skyscrapers, and today, it’s astounding how big Dubai is. The mixture of old and new is astounding. You can still see parts of what Dubai had been, combined with this amazing city coming out of nowhere with humongous skyscrapers and the best international cuisine all in one place. (This is one of our top places to eat in the world.) Dubai just wows you! While other cities such as Florencehave a history you can see, Dubai is creating history, and you can be a part of this new city as it thrives and grows. 

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What an increidlbe view of the Parliament building at night

Ultimate Kid-friendly Itinerary for Spending 1, 2, 3 or 4 days in Budapest, Hungary

Why do The 2 Idiots recommend Budapest?

There is something so magical about Budapest, which is the capital of Hungary. Natasha knew she wanted to visit the Danube River, but she never thought the city would be as beautiful as this. Although Hungary is a part of Europe, it was occupied by the Mongols in the 13th century, which translates into country’s look and culture being slightly separate from the rest of Europe. Resting on the Danube River, the city was actually two separate cities: Buda and Pest. When they united, they became the full city you can explore today, and the tourism folks like to say you have one city with two personalities.

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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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Ultimate Kid-Friendly Itinerary for Spending 1, 2, 3, 4 days in Zagreb

Why The 2 Idiots recommend exploring Zagreb?

When people think of visiting a Croatian city, they often think of picturesque Dubrovnik, where “Game of Thrones” was filmed. We decided to visit the capital city of Zagreb instead, and it is such a cool, energetic city that we would go back in a heartbeat.  Although the country is old, its democracy is young, and the people of Zagreb have such an excited and hopeful energy – you can feel it as you walk around. It reminds of our hometown of Charlotte because it’s filled with new businesses, restaurants and growth. It’s also very family-friendly and children are everywhere.

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