One of my favourite parts of the Fearless Family Travel series is finding ordinary families who prioritise travel in their busy lives. This month I am please to introduce a family doing just that … Here is the Four on a World Trip who are an ordinary family who are taking a family gap year in 2018.
What is your family travel? Full-time, part-time, digital nomads etc.
We are an average family with 2 full-time working parents and are basically tied to our paid leaves and school holidays. As we always felt that this isn’t enough to please our desire to get out of the daily grind, we decided to take a family gap year in 2018, in one year from now.
How has your travel style changed since becoming a family?
Actually, it did not change that much. We like to travel but we are not the kind of people who would hike through the Amazonas or cross the Sahara. The trips we are taking are doable with or without kids, even though they require a bit more planning now.
What was your baby(ie)’s first trip? Why did you chose to go there? What were the highlights/lowlights etc?
Oh … If I remember correctly my big son went on his first trip to Corsica/ France when he was about 3 months old and the little one to Normandy/France at the age of 2 month, the lowlights were definitely the amount of stuff we took with us and the highlight that everything went smooth and we really could spent a good time 🙂
What is your favourite family travel gadget and why?
I have to admit that we never really had any special travel gear or gadgets for kids. They pack some toys in their bag sack and we buy a pack of chips or sweets at the airport and off we go 🙂
What is your favourite family travel destination and why?
We love Portugals Algarve coast in early spring. It’s a beautiful region, it’s already warm enough to go to the beach, the people are very friendly and welcoming and as it’s absolutely off season, it’s not expensive and not crowded.
What is the most family friendly accommodation you have ever visited?
Apart from the really good experiences we made in the Cerro Mar Atlantico in Portugal, it’s probably Camping Bergamini at Lake Garda. It’s a very small family run Camping place (with fix mobile homes amongst others) directly at the lake. It’s secured enough that the kids can run around freely, make friends and simply enjoy themselves and be kids.
Family travel bloggers can be guilty of showing only the good stuff – what is your worst family travel experience?
Haha thats most likely the first few days we spent in Canada. We did a road trip and just after arriving we heard horrible stories about the regions where we were heading to; about black flies that would ripp off our flesh and leave spots 100 times worse than mosquito bites .. Furthermore it was raining, we were suffering from jet lag and could not cope with the situation at all. We basically spent 2 days inside, terrified by everything flying that would come near us. Luckily the cabin fever got worst than our fear after a short while and we spent a good vacation after all.
What are your top three tips for other families who wish to travel?
First of all, don’t stress out. No matter how impossible your kid might behave or how bad the tantrum is, no-one knows you where you are, so who cares?
Second, don’t overthink it, especially in terms of luggage
3rd, don’t forget that being a parent on vacation does only mean that you transfer all your parent duties to another location and that this might be scaling down your comfort zone.
What do you wish you had known or done before starting family travel?
I wish I would have known about traveling families already years ago. It did not even occur to me to take an extended trip when my kids have been toddlers and I feel I missed an opportunity.
What are your future family travel plans?
We are not having any plans until September 2018 when leaving for our 1 year around the world sabbatical. I hope we can squeeze in one or two short trips, but basically we are in “saving money” mode for the big trip.
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