Travel Advice

Explore articles on travel advice from the 2 Idiots. These articles comes from our extensive travel experience across the world.

Sub-categories under Travel Advice

General Travel Advice – Travel advice from maximizing Airbnb to managing foods during an international trip
Traveling the World – Learn how we packed, planned and made our around the world trip happen
Traveling w/ Kids – Your one stop resource for traveling with kids
Cruise w/ Kids – Learn how to make the most out of family cruises.

 


Latest Travel Advice Posts

GB Pockit vs. Pockit Plus – Which to buy?

Going away on holiday with your family soon? Sounds like you’d have a great time. But you and everybody else knows that it’s an even better time if you’ve got the right stroller. The GB Pockit and GB Pockit Plus are among the best strollers you should consider for travel. Believe us. We have taken ours all around the world and intend on keeping the stroller until the wheels fall off. It might seem that the GB Pockit Plus is simply an upgrade from the GB Pockit, but they actually have a lot of differences between them. Do you want to know the main differences between both strollers and know which of the two is a better buy? Look no further. This post will tell you everything you need to know about the GB Pockit vs. Pockit Plus so you’re set and ready to go on your next adventure with the family.

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22 Best Travel Gifts For Kids (2019 Guide)

Holidays are for spending time with loved ones, eating calorie-dense foods, sappy Hallmark films, and gift-giving. But if we’re honest, oftentimes shopping for presents is more stressful than joyful. After all, what are you supposed to buy for someone who has everything? This is especially true when shopping for kids. Of course, you could always take the easy way out and buy another baby doll or race car, but gifts like these get played with for a few hours and then tossed into the abyss of forgetfulness. If you really want your gift to stand out, consider some of these travel gifts for kids. Not only are they fun and kid-approved, but they are super practical for children who spend much of their time on the road — or in the skies. Here are 22 of the best travel gifts for kids.

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Parent-Approved: The 12 Best Travel Backpacks for Toddlers And Kids (2020 Guide)

Whether you’re a first-time traveler or a globetrotting veteran, there’s one thing for certain: the way you pack can make all the difference. Because no one wants to be stuck lugging an unwieldy suitcase around the airport or through a new, foreign city. Fortunately, a good set of functional luggage can save you from that fate, ensuring that your trip is as stress-free as possible.

Through our years of traveling, we’ve discovered that it’s easier to tote a backpack than drag roller bags through airports, on escalators, and down cobblestone streets. We love traveling with backpacks, and we think you will, too. If you have a toddler or infant then obviously you’ll have to tote a lot of their baggage. But if your child is older, there’s no reason why they can’t carry all their travel supplies on their own. That’s why we’ve come up with this list of the best travel backpacks for kids and toddlers.

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Parent-Approved: The 9 Best Travel Umbrella Strollers (2020 guide)

Read any of our blogs and you know we love to walk to get to know foreign cities. With a toddler, this requires a great travel stroller. Typical strollers can be big and bulky, which makes them difficult to manage when on the road — they have to be checked at the airport, they take up a lot of space in a trunk, a hotel room or a cruise cabin, and they are often too big to manage in crowded museums and attractions.

This is why a good travel stroller is necessary when taking a long trip, particularly umbrella strollers that are lightweight, compact and fold easily. The following collection of best travel strollers are low in weight and can travel well. Better yet, these strollers have high marks from parents who actually used them on trips.

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Tips To Go Snorkeling With A Toddler (exclusive book preview)

We love snorkeling because it’s a great way to see underwater wildlife with your family. When people hear we have taken Aarav snorkeling, they think we literally went snorkeling with a toddler, which is not possible, he’s too young. He has, however, accompanied us on several snorkeling tours, including in the Galapagos, Bali, the Great Barrier reef, and Grand Cayman, among others.

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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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Parent-Approved: The 6 Best Travel Infant Car Seats (2020 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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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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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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