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it’s no secret that we love to travel and explore and have adventures together as a family. we definitely don’t have all the answers when it comes to how to travel smoothly with little ones, but i have rounded up a lot of answers to some of our most frequently asked questions when it comes to traveling with kids (especially abroad) below!

for your reference, i have also written this post about traveling abroad with little ones a few years back (more applicable to if you’re traveling with two year olds and younger) as well as handling airplanes with kids HERE.

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IS TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN ACTUALLY WORTH IT?

i know some people feel strongly that taking kids around the world when they won’t be able to remember it all perfectly is such a waste. josh and i disagree with this argument because we believe exposing our children at a young age to different cultures, smells, tastes, languages and people, helps shape them as human beings and these experiences can leave a lasting impression that is hopefully for the better. we have also found that in our experience, not many things have topped the memories our family has created as we have spent time together exploring and learning, discovering and trying new things together.  if anything, it has truly helped build a special bond i am thankful for. also, we kind of love to document through photos and videos and our kids ask often to watch our travel videos again over time or look at pictures from past trips. sometimes a certain photo or video will spark a memory from that trip we never documented and it’s fun to realize they are remembering much of it all on their own and holding it near and dear even years later.
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DO YOU TRAVEL WITH A STROLLER? WHAT ABOUT TRAVELING WITH CARSEATS?

we are big believers in bringing the stroller along if you are visiting a city. we have brought our double stroller on the majority of trips we have taken (including abroad) because it serves as a home base during our days of exploring where the kids can sit and relax or sleep and nap when needed. i think we have an advantage here though, because we live in new york city and our kids have been accustomed to stroller naps, etc. since their earliest days. and since we usually enjoy wandering by foot in most places and sometimes walk several miles in one outing, having the stroller as backup for our kids has always been wonderful. also, it truly helps in the airport! we don’t ever check ours with our luggage but use it throughout the airport and check it at the plane doors.

as for carseats, we do not travel with them. mainly because we live in the city so we don’t use them often here. if we are renting a car on our trip, we will usually rent the carseats as well. not having them and carrying them around especially helps us achieve our goal of packing as light as possible. i know it can add up quickly if you are renting 3 carseats per day on a trip, but we don’t even own 3 carseats here in new york and we also don’t rent cars a whole lot when we travel. i know many prefer to travel with a carseat for the main purpose of using it on the airplane, but we have always just used regular seatbelts with our kids on our flights. everyone is different, so it’s probably just your preference!

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this can definitely be tricky (ie. that trip to australia last spring where we were on the completely wrong schedule after returning home to new york for like 2 solid weeks straight!)

one of the biggest things that helps our family is to jump straight into whatever time zone we are in once we arrive. so if you arrive in paris and it’s morning there, but middle of night where you came from, just hit the ground running for the day instead of going to the hotel and sleeping for a few hours.  daylight really helps you out here, and can trick your kiddos rather easily.  also, black out curtains in a hotel room can also help trick everyone into sleeping if it’s nighttime where you are but daytime where you came from.

it’s also important to remember here that this time change can be a big shift for little ones and they might crash at 4PM for the day and it’s okay. the biggest thing we’ve learned when it comes to traveling with kids in general is to just be as flexible as possible and not feel too tied down to structured sleep and nap schedules when you’re away from home. but do note that if they are crashing at 4PM for the night, it might be a good thing to get to bed early as well, because sleeping when they sleep is kind of key. the plus side to this way of thinking is that maybe everyone will  be wide awake and completely ready to head out for the day at the crack of dawn, and maybe you will get to witness a beautiful sunrise together because of this, or have the city to yourself before it gets crazy and crowded… little things that may have not happened otherwise! there is always a silver lining, even with littles and a time change, trust me!
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HOW DO YOU HANDLE BEDTIME AND SLEEP SCHEDULES IN SHARED HOTEL ROOMS?

this has gotten a little bit trickier for us as our family has grown. if we can’t find a hotel room big enough for all of us (usually 2 queen beds and a rollaway), we get connecting rooms. this is helpful since our kids might go down for the night a little earlier than we do, and this way we can stay up for a few hours working or planning the following day’s itinerary, etc. we keep the adjoining room door always open between the two rooms so it’s kind of like a mini apartment. but connecting rooms can be really hard to find in europe,  and last summer while in italy, we actually had to book two separate rooms that were not connected. this meant we all hung out in one of the rooms during the daytime hours together and then at nighttime, josh and i split up and each took one or two of the kids. i hated it, but we made due that trip.

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HOW DO YOU HANDLE MEALS OUT WITH KIDS WHEN TRAVELING?

the biggest thing we do is eat early! before the crowds! i also wrote this post all about other restaurant tips and tricks we have found to make eating out with kids far more enjoyable for everyone! (things like games and conversation to have at the table, asking for a booth or corner table and ordering right when you sit down/asking for the check when your food comes, etc! see all the tips here.)

we also always do a grocery store run when traveling and keep lots of healthy snacks and water on hand everywhere we go. because no one wants to deal with anyone that is hangry (hungry and angry) including mama when traveling. ;)

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HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT PACKING AND HOW MUCH LUGGAGE DO YOU RECOMMEND BRINGING? 

this varies depending on the destination and how long we are away. but the main goal is to pack as light as possible! i talk a lot about how we pack for trips with kids in THIS POST if you’d like to check it out. the less you have, the freer and happier you will feel. you might remember our very first trip to italy when eleanor was just 19 months and samson was 5 months and we did the entire 2 week stay in italy with just two large carry on backpack bags. we were doing a lot of train rides in-between cities on that trip and it really saved us to have our hands free with the little ones and not weighed down with overly large suitcases. we have tried our best to keep to this mentality since, although for longer trips we now usually check 1 big rolling duffle bag (this one) and take our things for the flight and electronics in our carry on back packs. we were actually just at the airport in morocco last month and the guy behind the ticket counter was so confused as to why we only had one bag to check! he wouldn’t let it go! i guess it appeared kind of crazy to be a big family with one bag?! haha! (to stay organized and hands free, we make sure to have an extra bag for the airplane to keep all our coats or layered clothing in, and we have one bag dedicated for food, water, toys, games, puzzles, and other things to keep everyone entertained, which you can read about in the next question.)

i try to keep to just a few outfits for each child that i can interchange and usually just one pair of shoes. we also bring detergent and a bleach pen with us and i usually wash a few items at night in the hotel bathroom depending. (we made the mistake on one of our first international trips to have the hotel do our laundry and it’s true what jim gaffigan said about that, they must have been washing everything in champagne for the price!) so bring along some detergent or see if you can’t find a local laundry mat close by depending on where you are!

we also buy bulkier items like diapers after we arrive wherever we are going. they take up so much room in your luggage, that we only bring as many as we might need for a day and a half or so of travel and then buy them again once we arrive. we also try to wear all of our heavier coats or hats or things that are trickier to pack on our travel days so we aren’t having to pack them away. 

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HOW DO YOU MANAGE LENGTHY FLIGHTS AND PLANE TIME WITH KIDS?

i have written a few posts on some tips we have learned when it comes to flying with kids in the past. you can find those posts HERE and HERE!  but don’t stress yourself out too much about having little ones or babies on a plane! you got it!

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YOU’VE DONE OVERNIGHT RED EYE FLIGHTS AND DAYTIME FLIGHTS, WHICH IS BETTER WITH KIDS?

i think this depends on you and your kids! josh and i both used to be able to take red-eyes like they were nothing before our kid days, and i think we have really aged lately because they are truly torture now! like, everything hurts for days afterwards! the last redeye flight we did with the kids was a 10 hour flight home to new york from hawaii a few years ago and while our kids slept the entire way, josh and i didn’t! haha! i think it’s just a tradeoff depending on if your kids do well at night and you know they’ll sleep, and also if you know you can manage as well! sometimes the redeye flights are so significantly cheaper than other flights it’s hard not to consider. we actually just booked a trip for a few months from now and are taking a redeye flight home because the airfare was undeniably cheaper and i feel like i have ample time to mentally prep for the steady back ache that will follow me around for a solid 4 days afterwards. but since our kids do ok on them, we just went for it. so you know, definitely your preference!

i will say though that if you can swing a direct flight, it does make all the difference when it comes to a long day of travel with little ones and managing jet lag. in our experience, breaking it up with a leg in-between just extends the travel day in a not great way. having to endure an additional take-off and landing can also be rough on the kids ears, so i do think it’s worth springing for a direct flight if you have the option!

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HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORTATION? DO YOU TRAIN, BUS, RENT A CAR, ETC?

this depends on the country or where we are. we definitely prefer public transportation since we love the subway and train system in new york and are accustomed to it. it’s also a great way to really get a feel for the country or culture you are experiencing when you get around the way the locals do. so if we can get around without a car, we definitely prefer to make due without one. when we do rent, we make sure to call ahead to make sure we can reserve 3 carseats ahead of time to rent as well. sometimes some rental car companies don’t keep many on hand, so be sure to check before!001090130

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY OF TRAVEL LOOK LIKE WITH YOUR FAMILY? 

we like to plan about 2 big activities or major sites to see per day, one for the morning and one for the afternoon. traveling with little ones is definitely a different kind of trip where you aren’t really able to spend countless hours in every single museum and site or walking tour. we have learned that remaining really flexible is what makes the trip more fun for us, because we are all more relaxed this way. only having about 2 big activities planned is also a great way to see where the day takes you. we will try to figure out a few different options for food or other activities based around our two main events for the day ahead of time, so we are prepped with more ideas or options while we’re out, and then we just keep it open ended depending on how everyone is feeling and doing as the day goes on. we also always get a lay of the land in terms of where the nearest parks or playgrounds might be ahead of time! you never know when you might need to make a detour and just let the kids run free in a playful space for a little while!

we usually like to have breakfast at the hotel before we head out, and then try to stay out to tackle our 2 activities for the day and whatever else we do around them before heading back to the hotel. we have found it difficult to try to come back to the hotel during the day to regroup. we try to bring everything with us that we will need and stay out as long as we can. some days that means we come back by 4PM because we’ve had a successful day out (or maybe not a successful day out) and we are all done for the day, while other times it’s meant we have still been out far past 9PM because by some stroke of good luck, we are still doing well and the kids napped at some point earlier in the day and are happily still going strong. i feel like i’m repeating myself a little bit here, but i really think it’s all about remaining flexible as you start your day and not trying to cram too many things into your itinerary for the day. it can be a really fun way to travel when you leave room to wander and take it at a slower pace with your little ones.

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HOW DO YOU MANAGE SCHEDULING ACTIVITIES AND OTHER OUTINGS THAT KEEP BOTH THE ADULTS HAPPY AND ENGAGED AS WELL AS THE KIDS?

through a lot of trial and error, i think we have found the magic solution for this set up! it can be tricky when there are 5 of us and sometimes what josh and i want to do or see or eat is obviously not of interest to the kids, or vice versa.  when they were much smaller and little babies, it was kind of a breeze, because they’d just sleep on you in a carrier or in the stroller as you’d wander around museums or shops and they didn’t really have a say in the activity because they could care less! (we would often time meals at ourdoor cafes during stroller naps!) as our little ones are 6, 4 and 2 years old, we have to juggle a lot of differing interests.

josh usually always takes the lead in planning our daily activities and itineraries and finds a lot of incredible options for the kids. we love seeing them so happy and engaged when we travel that josh and i usually don’t mind spending several hours poking around different kid museums or playgrounds when we travel. we spent an entire morning at the science museum and then another entire afternoon at the transport museum in london last month because our kids were so freaking happy in those spaces, that we were happy and content as well.

but something we have found to work really well especially with samson and eleanor as we plan our outings is to involve them in it. samson in particular really loves maps and navigating and it’s been helpful the last several trips to bring them into the planning stages and discuss and make plans together. it’s also a great way for them to learn about the country or city beforehand and get acquainted with everything we are about to experience! josh actually suggested that on an upcoming trip, we should help them learn all about what that particular city has to offer and leave it completely up to them to plan the entire thing (giving them the proper tools and outline to do so!) so, we are going to do that on an upcoming trip this summer and i’m really excited for it.

another big thing we have found that is helpful for keeping everyone happy with the itinerary is a sort of “something for you, something for me” mentality.  we tried this out last month in england and it worked so well. for example, one of the main things i wanted to do was have teatime at sketch and obviously that wasn’t something my kids were crazy about wanting to experience (although truth be told, they loved it!). but samson also really wanted to go back to the hotel midday for a hot bath (he is the cutest with his baths!) and so we agreed that if we paused all our activities to go back to the hotel so he could have a bath, that i’d put a timer on my phone for an hour or so and once it was up, we’d head back out together and mama and papa would choose the next activity. afterwards, eleanor would choose something for us to do. the great thing about this, was that samson came out of the bathroom very excited after about a half hour of having his bath and to say, “ok! i’m ready! your turn, mama! what are you going to choose for us to do?” so we are definitely going to do more of this taking turns sort of thing for future trips since it worked so well this last time and teaches them to think about what others want to do too and taking turns for everyone. ;)

we also often travel with a few little cameras (and now journals) for the kids so they can really document the trip for themselves and learn to really see and feel things on their own. (you can see more about the cameras we bought for them that we bring along on trips right here, as well as some of the photos they have taken on past trips!)

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i think the most important thing to remember (and sometimes it takes me a while to get there), is to just have fun! sometimes there is a mentality around traveling with little ones to kind of rush because you have to go-go-go to fit everything in and try to do it all, but what works best for us, is to kind of slow down and just be as present as we can in whatever we are experiencing or doing with our little ones. in our experience, i don’t think many things in life can top traveling with your family. once you get over that first panic attack of “are we crazy?!” it’s all worth it, i promise! :)

ps. if i missed anything you are curious about, feel free to ask in the comments and i will do my best to respond!

 

  1. Rena

    It is very impressing how you manage it to travel with the kids. And once more I see you do enable your children a wonderful childhood!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

  2. Thank you, because next month I will travel alone with my two kids, and after booking the travel, now I am in the panic attack “Am I crazy??” Why I do that??? :)

    Very useful

    Kisses from France

  3. Corina

    I cannot get over E’s braided hair. she is such a beauty
    love how you always see the positive side of things
    keep rocking, Naomi

  4. Rachael

    Thanks for the tips they will definitely come in helpful come this Oct/Sept when we head off to Italy with our 3 kids. During your trips in colder weather areas such as your last trip to England did you
    pack multiple jumpers for your kids to wear or just hope one dried quickly in ordee to wear it the next day. I am finding it much harder to pack lightly for a colder trips. Thanks

  5. Melissa

    This is such a great post! I’ve got an 18 hour and 20 minute flight coming up real soon with my little baby! I’m not stressed, but man! I just know he’s going to drive everyone insane! He hates being in a car and even when he’s happy he squeels so high that it could break glasses. Good luck me. If anyone is going to Ireland soon. Change your plans!

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  6. Jasmin

    When going on an international trip with little ones, is there a sweet spot to the amount of time to spend not at home? For example, 10 days gets to be too much but 5 is too short so you normally try to spend 7 days?

  7. Valerie

    Thank you! I was eagerly anticipating this post as we are taking our 6 and 3 year old to Italy this summer. We are going no stroller and it’s the biggest debate for me on whether or not to take it. Rome, Tuscany and Positano by train, rental car and ferry. Leave it right?

    Always love your travel posts. Thank you for inspiring us to take our little ones in this trip!

  8. Ella

    Hej Naomi,
    I have no kids yet but I wanted to let you know that your first paragraph about traveling with little ones sums it up perfectly.

    I was really lucky that my parents traveled all through Europe with my little sister and me right from the time when we were born (they loved travelling before they had us, too). I learned to walk in Italy for example. What a nice little story, right?
    I love all the memories I still carry in my heart – now being 31 years old – about all these journeys. And you are so right, they shaped me to become the human being I am today.

    All these travels taught me that getting to know other cultures, foods, languages etc. is fun and not something to be scared of! That you will always find friendly and lovely people, no matter where you go. And isn’t that comforting to know? Up until today it does not feel like a “real” vacation if I can understand the language of the native crowd :) I am lucky I live in Europe where there are so many countries to explore. And it seems that my long long list of places I wanna see just doesn’t get any shorter. That’s why I stick to my little rule to not visit a place twice (minus places where family and friends live, of course) – because no matter how lovely it is there are a million more lovely places waiting to be found.

    Keep traveling and let me assure you, your little ones will love all the memories they make today!

    xo from Germany
    Ella

  9. Love this! Thank you so much… we have a toddler and travel a lot with him too. It’s tiring some times, but really worth it. Xx

  10. Julie

    Wow, what a thorough post Taza, thank you for that! As a mum of 3 who also loves travelling I am always all ears for fellow parents’ good tips so I really enjoyed reading this blog post. I agree with you that when travelling it’s all about balance and maybe seeing a little bit less of the attractions and mixing it with playgrounds/ice cream eating/chilling on a beach….I love my kids to discover the world and as you say, these are precious memories. I am not sure I am quite ready to take them on the other side of the world just yet but I am certainly enjoying taking them to lots of places in Europe (We live in London). Much love, Julie xx

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  11. this is amazing! so cool to have all your wisdom in one place. your children are so lucky to have seen all these amazing places- way to go, davis fam!

    xo, brittany
    cool backpack roundup on my blog today!
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  12. Pumla

    A big topic for future posts is how you find deals for family travel that is affordable. The Davis family seems to do this very well.

  13. Jasna

    I love your positivity and optimism! This was such an inspiring read!

  14. Berni

    What a great post! You have such a beautiful family, and your enthusiasm and zest for life are as wonderful as they are infectious! Love your blog! :)

    xo from Buenos Aires, Argentina

  15. such great tips!! i LOVE traveling with my kids. yes, there’s more organization necessary and potential chaos but the memories!! best ever.

  16. Caitlyn

    I second the comment on how to find deals to travel, especially airfare (what resources you use to find deals)!

    • TAZA

      we love using sky scanner and are also subscribed to scott’s cheap flights!

  17. Lisa Defibaugh

    Taza thanks! We’re traveling to Paris in a few weeks for 11 days with our two girls and trying to soak up as much helpful info as possible. I know packing light can make such a difference and I was wondering if you had some suggestions for good kids walking shoes that are also cute. I’ve been eyeing some kids birkenstocks but I’m worried they will fall of their feet or have a long break-in period, and want something that will also go well with dresses etc. any thoughts?

    • TAZA

      we have actually really like the birkenstocks that have the strap around the ankle for the kids. helps them stay on their feet and they find them really comfortable. i know keens are also a great travel shoe (we took them to italy and switzerland last summer) because they can work for hiking but also water as they are water proof. nice to have the toes covered as well for protection. other wise, a solid pair of tennis shoes can always work!

  18. Aly sharette

    I know it’s probably way too much work, but I would love it if you compiled a list of where you guys have traveled and maybe your top 3 things you did while there!

    • TAZA

      we haven’t done that but that is a great idea!

  19. Becca

    This post is so helpful! What do you about packing your camera (if you take a camera)? I am planning a long trip and I’m not sure how to handle bringing such a bulky item!

    • TAZA

      we have a tom bihn carry on bag that is made for more electronic type stuff, so we put our camera and laptops and cords and all in there. as for when we travel around our destination with our camera, we don’t take a camera bag with us, we just take turns wearing it around our neck or arm. when the camera is out, you’re more likely to use it. when we’ve tried to pull it in and out of a camera bag as we are traveling, we usually miss the shot most of the time.

  20. Hannah

    I just want to say that I looooove these posts! My husband and I took our 6 week old for Christmas in London with my family, and I was terrified out of my mind at first. But I read a ton, and we did it, and it was great! Of course she’ll never remember it, but we got so many pictures and different story books and I can’t wait to tell her all the places she got to go with Mommy and Daddy. Plus, it was a huge confidence boost as a parent ;) We now have a blast planning trips for our little family!

    I will also say that people were incredibly considerate on our trip. I think as long as you are cheerful, kind, and confident, no matter the situation, it rubs off on people & they are likely to respond in the same way.

  21. Sierra

    So many great tips! A lot of people also think we are nuts for traveling with our kids but as a family these are special memories, even if they are just for us—we love exposing them to new things. Our double stroller has seen some miles and we always bring ours along with us too. That’s one thing I don’t think we could be without! Beautifully Candid

    • TAZA

      love that you feel the same way about your double, sierra! haha, and traveling as well! xoxo

  22. joana david

    thank you so much for this post, naomi and josh.
    it’s funny to see that no matter where you live and where you travel (and how many kids you have), we end up doing the same things to bring happy and enjoyable trips to the family.
    i also truly believe that it’s totally worth it to travel with kids and it’s one of my favourite things to do.
    one thing we love to do it’s to write a postcard from the places we visit and ask our friends and family to do the same. the kids love to recieve postcards and see how many places our family and friends visit during the year. it’s a family tradition that i really really love!

    • TAZA

      yes, love this idea! we did this actually on our last trip in england where the kids bought several post cards for friends and family back home! want to keep it up, thank you for sharing!

  23. Anne

    Have you tried Air BnB at all? My parents always rented apartments/ houses in Europe with me when I was little, and I find it so helpful to do the same with my kids. It’s nice to have the different rooms, especially the kitchen so you aren’t having to pay for hotel breakfast every morning.

  24. Annie

    Hi Taza!!!

    I’ve always loved your posts on traveling with little ones. They’ve been so helpful for our travels. I had a question about traveling with your bugaboo. I love our bugaboo donkey so much, which is why I’m terrified of traveling with it. I’m nervous it’ll get beat up on the airplane which is why I’ve always avoided taking it with us. Just wondering if you’ve had an issues ever with checking your stroller and if you think it’s worth the trade off of not having to buy (and then store once back at home) another umbrella stroller just for travel? Thank you!

    • TAZA

      we always bring a few oversized heavy duty black garbage bags with us and put each of the donkey seats in their own bag as well as the base chassis. it helps them stay clean when they throw the stroller under the plane and the bags don’t take up a lot of room when we pack them to carry with us as well as through the airport! we have tried to travel with smaller umbrella type strollers before but have yet to find one that our kids sleep comfortably in and also can hold up considering we really really “use” our stroller. it’s definitely been our preference!

  25. Carole

    Totally unrelated to this post but I was wondering if blogging is the sole income for your family? If so, dang girl…good for you!! I’ve always wondered if Josh dresses so well for an outside job or just because. :-)

    • TAZA

      hi carole! yes, we work together full time on the blog and other projects that have come through it! we feel really fortunate to get to work together doing something we love.

  26. So funny about the small hotel rooms in Italy–we experienced the same thing pre-kids. My husband was in Bologna for business and I joined him the last 3 days he was there. We shared a single bed in what was barely larger than a bathroom-sized room! Needless to say, we did not spend a lot of time there!

    Your observations were helpful to remind me to plan accordingly for Italy, as we love it there and intend to return, this time with kiddos.

  27. Mariana

    Which large carry on backpack would you recommend?
    Love your post, Love your pics!!

    • TAZA

      we love the carry on backpacks by tom bihn!

  28. Jess.

    OH my goodness. That picture of E and S napping together in the stroller made my heart explode. Maybe it’s just me, but I think these seem like great travel tips whether you have little ones or not. xox

  29. Amy

    My biggest question is how do you AFFORD to travel with 3 kids?! Paying for 3 extra flights!

    • TAZA

      hey amy, you can find good deals on airfare through sites like sky scanner or subscribing to scott’s cheap flights. you can set up alerts and things based on filters sometimes too for specific searches! sometimes finding a good deal on the airfare is how the trip even comes to be!

  30. Erica

    This post is perfect timing! We are leaving on Sunday for a 4-week road trip with our 2 year old and 8 month old. I’ll admit I think we’re a little crazy, but we know not to expect too much and remain flexible. They may never remember the trip, but we will!

  31. Lexie

    Yes!!! I appreciate this post so much! So many gems here. I just got home from spending two weeks in Holland with my 6, 4, and 1.5 year old (by myself, I should add! My husband was there for a business trip.), and I often felt like it was worth sacrificing the things I wanted to do for my kids’ happiness. If it was something with a long line and not a whole lot of stuff that would keep their interest, I knew they’d just wind up bored and antsy, then I’d get cranky, and I wouldn’t enjoy it anyway. I’d much rather skip the museum or whatever and spend a day eating frites and feeding canal ducks, ya know? That museum isn’t going anywhere – if it’s that important to me, I can plan another trip when my kids are bigger. It’s like you said – watching your kids have a blast makes you so happy as a parent.

  32. Shelly

    This post is great – I have 5 kids and I have lived abroad for 10 years (my youngest 2 were born overseas). I agree with most tips but some things would only work in the developed world. I know you visited Peru but that country is very tourist friendly. I can’t imagine taking a double stroller to places in Africa or southeast Asia (like Burma or Laos). You would end up leaving it at the hotel – if you could even get it to the hotel in the first place:) We love traveling with kids – I agree it’s totally worth the work!!

    • TAZA

      hi shelly! that’s amazing, we haven’t done africa or asia yet so i definitely can’t speak to those places. i am sure you are far more equipped to share your experiences here since you’ve lived abroad for so long and done it with children! thank you for sharing!

  33. Audrey

    This is really great advice, thank you! For now, it’s just my husband and I, so it’s easy for us to travel around (and we currently live abroad, so we travel often). But we definitely want to have kids in the future, and I’ve always wondered how families such as yours make it work. I also grew up in a family that traveled a lot, and have always wondered how my parents made it work with all 4 of us!

    Thank you for this advice, I’m sure I will be referencing this in the years to come!

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  34. Lek

    So much in love with your family..

    • TAZA

      aw, thank you! xoxo

  35. Jennifer

    Thank you for this great post! We’re going to be visiting NY in the summer with a 5 month and 3 yr old. We plan to primarily use the subway. In the event that we need to take a taxi, how do you handle that with carseats?

  36. Meghan B

    Thank you! This is such a good resource. I saw that you guys use Tom Bihn gear and that your kids had Fjallraven packs as well. Do you have any recommendations for gear, especially for children? Do you have a preference? Thanks so much again for answering so many questions!

    • TAZA

      we have really loved the tom bihn gear as you have probably noticed. they didn’t have kid backpacks until recently and we have liked them a lot. they usually just carry some little activities and toys in them for the airplane, and then we pack their things in with ours.

  37. Manon

    Hey Naomi,

    I wanted to know how do you and Josh manage the kids (and maybe yourselves ;) ) when there is turbulence during the flight ?

    I’m a very anxious person when it’s bumping in the plane, i’ve always wonder how to do this with kiddos !

    Thanks for your advices !
    Manon

    • TAZA

      hi manon! we have been fortunate to not have too many flights that have had crazy turbulence. only once was i nervous because the flight attendant started getting nervous and i was like, “if she’s freaking out, this must be bad.” but i think like most things in life, if we can try to stay calm, it helps our kids remain calm, too. so i always just try to keep my composure even if i am freaking out slightly inside!

  38. Kayla

    This is an absolutely fantastic post!!! I Will be re-reading this one over and over again as my kids grow up! Makes me excited to travel with my babies now instead of anxious! Thanks again for the inspiration!

  39. I love this!! Have you done many posts on traveling tips for adults (or in general)?? I’m curious how you pack such amazing outfits, and plan awesome trips ;)

  40. Elise

    I love this post! On a bit of a different travel topic, I was wondering what type of shoes you would recommend for men and women for traveling in Europe that are both very comfy for lots of walking and able to be more “dressed up” at times? My husband & I are planning to travel to Germany & France in a few weeks and are wanting to pack as minimally as possible (just 1 or 2 pairs of shoes), but still want to look nice & be comfortable! :)

    I love your travel advice! Thanks for sharing of your life with us – it is beautiful to read about!

    • josh

      Hi Elise! I have take just a pair of Birkenstock shoes (not sandals) for our trips during the last 12 months. We must think alike, because I chose them for the same reasons as you: comfy/good for walking, and can be dressed up at times. They have come out with tons of different styles just in the last few months. Would be appropriate for Germany too!

  41. Elizabeth

    First, thank you for all the tips!! As a fellow mama of three (4 months, 3 & 5) I’m gearing up mentally for all the trips we’ve got planned in the coming months, these tips came at just the right time for me!

    Also, did you ever make a guide to D.C.? I’ve searched your site and found reference to one, but can’t find the actual guide. We’re traveling there soon and would love some ideas!

    Last question- do you have tips for keeping babies and kids cool & comfortable (& safe!) during hot summer months? The weather is very temperate where we live and I’m a bit nervous about traveling to VA and D.C. in June and how to keep my littles safe and cool enough.

    Thanks again for your wonderful blog! It is my happy corner of the internet.

  42. Lulu

    what about carseats in cabs? We are going to New York (and later London) and assume we’ll take a cab from the airport to the city. Do people typically put a carseat in a cab?

  43. Lu de la rosa

    GREAT MEMORIES

  44. Elena

    Hello from Russia! You travel so much! How do you find time for this? Does your work allow you to travel?

  45. Laura

    Ohhh, I have been waiting for this post. Thank you!

    We are taking our (then) 4yo and 1yo to the Netherlands in December and the thing I am most nervous about is the time change so I’m glad to see you have covered that question! I will be referencing this post a LOT in the coming months as we plan our trip. :)

  46. Hazel

    This is lovely! You have a very beautiful family! I enjoyed reading this post and definitely learned alot! Thanks!

  47. Daniela

    me encanto, siempre le he dicho a mi esposo que hagamos un viaje al extranjero con nuestros hijos, pero al mismo tiempo me parecía una locura, me vuelvo loca preparando maletas, me diste muchas buenas ideas, que haré practicas en paseos en mi país para irme preparando mentalmente, muchas gracias por las ideas!

  48. Tamara

    @Rachel: I know your question was intended for Taza, but I feel I might share my idea on this anyway ;)
    My suggestion for travelling to cooler climates is to take a (thin) fleece jacket. They are lightweight and dry super-fast. I like to take one that I can combine with a rainjacket (I recommend one in England ;)) or a softshell jacket. This way I can layer them “onion style” on cool days and just decide to wear one of the jackets on warmer days.

  49. Alexandra

    Hi,

    Sorry I’m late commenting (and I believe it’s my first time commenting on your blog which I have been following for a while now), I was just hoping you could give some tips on how you afford all this travelling with having to buy 5 tickets and having to pay for accommodation for 5.

    Thanks a lot,

    Alex

    • josh

      Hi Alex,

      Great question! I signed up for a notification service that sends emails and texts when there are airfare sales and discounts. It has saved us thousands of dollars! This year, instead of choosing where to go and looking for tickets, we looked for cheap tickets and then decided where to go based on what costs less. We try avoiding traveling peak season, or at least choose days 1-3 days off from the most expensive days (like the first day school is out for spring/summer/winter break). Google flights is my go-to tool for knowing which days/dates are the cheapest and for finalizing dates for the deals that come up. We also try (!) to get airfare ahead of time (when the deals are happening), although some times we make last minute changes.

      There are also several hotel sites and apps I use for finding discounts for hotels. I like Hotels.com and have found really good deals on there.

      Hope that helps!

      Josh

  50. Beth

    Do you use anything on hotel beds to keep Conrad from rolling out? Our 3 YO is still in a bed with a rail and we’re looking at heading abroad this summer

  51. Lauren

    Hi! Thank you so much for this. I love the idea of taking one huge bag for my family and the Patagonia bag you use would be perfect. But do you usually have to pay oversize or overweight bag fees for it?

    • josh

      Nope! We haven’t ever had to.

  52. Barb

    You guys seem to really do a great job with the kids and have really inspired us to be more adventurous with our own two kids and traveling. We also love our bugaboo donkey but I have always checked it because I assumed you aren’t allowed to take it to the gate. How do you manage to to get it all the way to the gate? Do they usually allow you to go through security with it? I would love to figure out how to use it at the airport since it is a lifesaver when we are walking around our travel destinations.

  53. Lindsey

    Thank you for all the information! This is very inspiring and I could not agree more with showing your children the world. I am getting ready to travel abroad for the first time and with my husband and 1 & half year old. I am nervous about safety. Any ideas or tools to stay in the “safe” areas to travel. We are hoping to be gone for 3months (or more if all goes well).

  54. Lana

    i couldn’t agree more with you when you say :” exposing our children at a young age to different cultures, smells, tastes, languages and people, helps shape them as human beings and these experiences can leave a lasting impression that is hopefully for the better” . I am from Brazil and to me is not only good to expose my daughter to other cultures but,it’s also a necessity. I really want her to be used to my people, language, food, etc; specially because my parents still live there. My baby is just 2 years old and can say she’s already bilingual as she speaks English and Portuguese. I am so happy to hear her saying words like “Oi-hi”,” Tchau-bye”.

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