I love traveling. I love my kids. Not surprising that all the travels I do now are with them as a family of 5.
The four of us carrying all our luggage for a 9 days Baltic cruise trip in Copenhagen in October 2017
The daughter of a couple I know in Spain (I met the parents when traveling in Africa) had been to 10 countries in her first year. I was determined to follow their footsteps. Having kids was not going to stop me from traveling.
Me and the boys in Monaco in September 2017
I had booked all kinds of trips during my first pregnancy and got all worried about how to breastfeed while on the go and a million other things. I have since learnt to slow down, to take one step at a time, and to stop worrying unnecessarily.
Our recent sledging trip to Leukerbad (the largest thermal spa resort) in the Swiss alps
My motto is “Don’t Over think, Just Do.”
That is how we’ve booked to fly to Canada, Mexico, Colombia and Panama this June with 3 kids under 4. (The newborn will then be 2.5 months old on his first flight to his second and third continents)
How much traveling have we done since we’ve had kids?
Our first son visited his 15th country at 16 months of age.
Our second son visited his 17th country at 14 months of age.
Our newborn will be visiting his 10th country at 8 months of age before 2018 ends.
Random strangers were taking his picture in The Hermitage, St Petersburg
In the next few months our first son will be visiting his 30th country across 6 continents at the age of 3 years old. He has been to London 8 times and once to Scotland.
How do we afford to travel with them?
Life is certainly a product of our choices. Undoubtedly traveling with kids can be expensive but it is possible depending on what we choose to spend our money on.
Both my husband and I have average respectable incomes for Swiss people. We don’t spend loads on a normal day. We hardly eat out in Switzerland (it is expensive).
At the moment, I am still a full-time working mother. I try to maximise the travel we do as a family using the annual holiday allowance I have and all the public holidays by planning and booking many things well in advance to save costs.
An example I will use is London – the place I consider my home away from home. We used to travel there on weekends up to 4 times a year. Keeping this up with the kids has only been possible by ensuring we are on Easyjet’s subscription list, being informed as soon as new flights are released. I generally wouldn’t pay more than 70 CHF per person to travel to London.
Tips and more
I hope to share as much as possible about our traveling adventures with our kids and share some tips that have worked well for us.
Hopefully you are now inspired to book those flights and plan some awesome travels with the young ones!
Hobbiton is certainly a destination not to be missed when in New Zealand!