We are mothers of »born to be« travelers. Not staying many times at home. Not staying too long even in one country. Always active with our kids (and partners ) and just looking to have a good time as mothers.
We are asked frequently by other mothers or mothers-to-be about advice on the subject of travelling with children, so here we are sharing our experiences. We hope that this blog might help other moms and dads embarking on travel with baby/toddler, whatever it be a short daily trip or long distance travel.
I am at thirty something mom of a three year old and a big travel fan. I am Slovenian, living with family in Cologne, Germany.
Travel and experiencing new places has always been a passion of mine. Since I met my husband seven years ago, I am also a kite fan and diving fan and for last five years, passionate Pilates instructor. So our travels are mainly orientated on destinations where we can be somehow active, but above all, on finding new places where we can all have a good time.
Getting Erik on board definetly changed our life in many ways and made it more fulfilling and richer than we could ever imagine. However one thing that hasn’t changed is our desire to travel and to inspire our son to discover, to experience, to learn and have adventures. And for us…having a child actually doubled fun of travelling, not limited it!
Erik was curious about the world from his early beginnings. During his first three years he visited 17 countries and spent “countless” hours on the road. Most of the time happy, curious and luckily for us, very flexible. His first word was “kite”. He loves air planes and long car rides, he loves wind and looking at kites in the air and especially he loves going out of home. So we’re a bit of gypsy family:) And we just love it.
I am a mother of a 2-year-old, a wife to a 32-year-old, a sister, a friend, a start-up founder and a traveler. My family basically lives in travel bags since we migrate from our home in Ljubljana to our second home in Maastricht, the Nederlands every month, … well, almost every month.
Before the ‘big change’ my husband and I were sworn backpackers, always enthusiastic about going on longer treks and sleeping in wooden houses with no electricity. At least twice a year, we would go on a longer trip. After the birth of our baby boy, we first thought we would have to wait years before embarking on any new adventures, but we quickly learned a very important lesson – a child can handle much more than we think. We already started travelling when Taras was 4.5 months old, and since then we’ve visited more than 20 countries and became experts on how to pack and fly with a baby.
Taras is a boy with a Northern look, a Ukrainian name and Southern roots. He usually falls asleep with a pile of books and his ping pong bat in his lap. As a faithful viewer of MTV, he dances his heart out every time he hears Pharell Williams’ Happy. Born a traveler and a talker, he spoke his first words at 7 months and could alternate between 3 different languages when convincing fellow plane passengers to take him into their lap and share a warm meal with him when he was only a year and a half.
I’m in my early thirties, very active, full of energy and with a general positive attitude towards life. I’m mostly surrounded by wonderful people, so I believe I’m born under a lucky star. In the summer of 2012 our little family gained a new member and we started a completely new chapter …
Before I became a mother, I spent most of my time hanging around with my boyfriend (now a husband) and my girlfriends. I was always in sneakers, on a windsurf, bike or skiing … and beside that I could not miss a single party, show or an event. Our vacations were always dedicated to windsurfing and in pursuit of perfect windy conditions. But in between I still managed to find the time for a “non windsurfing” journeys and trips.
Our family life is teeming with constant movement. As every fully employed person I’m struggling with my vacation days too. Each start of the year I’m counting them back and forth and combining them with the national holidays and weekends to maximize the outcome.
Lev (a lion) is a real kid. Active, mischievous and unpretentious. He always roars the loudest “Yeeeessss” if you ask him whether he wants to go on a trip and he is a main star of our GoPro. So we are all the time at the near by playgrounds, bike trails, hills, shores or windy beaches. He doesn’t like long drives too much, but when he’s tired, he’ll sleep anywhere. An afternoon sleep in his stroller was never a problem, but now he likes a good hammock just a much. As a every decent lion, he eats everything and adores street food.
I am a mother of a playful three-year-old girl, an owner of two sweet dogs, a girlfriend, a human dimension of wildlife researcher and an enthusiast for nature and all its wonders. Ever since I was little, my family and our dog have been chasing over the mountains and lakes of Slovenia. With years go by, my desire to explore has led me across the border to the neighboring Italy, where I’ve become a regular guest, and to other corners of the world.Our lives have definitely changed since the arrival of our new family member. A whole new dimension opened for us and we began to see the world in a different way. Children often see what adults take for granted. With this new insight into the world, our getaways are colored and marked with the joy and excitement of our little girl.
Laura is a girl of Slovene-Italian descent and it shows in her fiery nature. She began travelling, especially by train, when she was only a few months old, going all the way to Rome, tracing back her Italian roots. There is (almost) nothing in the world she would not mind trying out. Her loud and hearty laugh puts everyone around her in a good mood. Laura’s company mainly made of boys with who she loves hanging out and conquers them in short distance running or in climbing-the-slide contests. She adores her tattered teddy bear Mido, with who she “cleaned” the streets of Thailand, Greece and Italy, and loves taking care of our dogs ever since she first met them.