Updated: Dec 2, 2019
Written By: Brianne Parsons
It’s been an interesting few years around our house. We have travelled to 10 countries and countless cities around Europe all for my husband’s employment. We have 2 boys ages 2 and 3 years old so this journey began when my youngest was only 4 months old! Yes, call me crazy but we have navigated our way around Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Croatia and most recently we came back from Poland. In the past few years I have had to get pretty creative when it comes to keeping the wee one’s happy while we travelled and I think it’s time I shared with you all my most favourite travel tips and tricks to have a semi peaceful time!
1. Plan your breaks and map out playgrounds or open space along the way.
We travel mostly by car once we’ve arrived in whatever country we’re in. So plan your stops in advance that way it breaks up the drive and you end up seeing more along the way.
2. Lower your expectations of what you’ll fit in in a day.
Little ones need a chance to adapt to their surroundings. Dragging them to all the adult attractions will leave everyone in tears by the end of the day. Take it slow and enjoy the view. We have an unspoken rule that for every one adult attraction we do, we then do one for the boy’s. Usually we end up liking the kid stuff more anyways.
3. Snacks and distractions
Enough said. You can never have too many snacks and distractions, especially when flying or travelling through an airport! We go ahead of time to the grocery store and pick out all the kids favourites and I rarely say no in this situation. Play games, eye spy, play dough, tablet time is a free for all on any trip.
4. Get them pumped up before the trip
I have found at least with my boys, that if we show them all the wonderful things we’re going to do on Pinterest and YouTube that they start to understand what’s going on and they get excited. It also keeps the anxiety at bay. We try to learn some words in another language and try foods from that country even before we leave.
In any travel situation, regardless of how far you go, I think these tips will help any momma keep their you know what together. Safe travels.