If you’ve traveled with small children, you know that “enjoy” and “vacation” don’t always belong in the same sentence. In Episode 53 Meagan and Sarah share tips for reclaiming a little bit of R & R in your family travels, even during the little years.
We talk about how to making packing and getting out the door less hectic, ways to get aligned with your co-parent and make use of each other’s travel strengths, and how to structure your time away from home so that kids have fun and parents get a little bit of a break, too.
Links we mentioned in Episode 53
- How Meagan packs her family of seven into two suitcases (The Happiest Home)
- Our very first Bonus Interview Episode, with Asha Dornfest, in case you missed it
- Mom Spends Beach Vacation Assuming All Household Duties In Closer Proximity To Ocean (The Onion)
More great travel resources we think you’ll love
Our podcast buddies Asha and Christine (Edit Your Life) and Liz and Kristen (Spawned) both covered travel in recent episodes. See below to listen to their awesome tips, and for some additional resources they recommend:
- Edit Your Life Episode 33: Family Travel Hacks
- Helpful tips for flying with kids from been-there-done-that moms who survived. Mostly. (Spawned)
- Travel resources from ParentHacks.com
- Travel resources from CoolMomPicks.com
- Budget family travel tips: 5 smart do’s and don’ts to save you a ton on your next family vacation
- 6 simple tech tips for travel with kids
- 5 easy ways to eat healthy while traveling with kids
- 10 really cool activity books for kids
- 9 surprising items that make family travel easier and more fun
- 9 travel essentials for babies that are worth the money
Great podcast and excellent show notes page. I was going to write about how we do travel but it would sound just like Meagan. From the way we split up tasks, how we never leave on time so we’ve given up on having a set time, how we eat 30 mins in to a road trip to who drives.
A few times we have packed up, realized it was super late, slept at home in our own beds and left early the next morning. That is the only way we leave early in the morning. On accident. I will say I have a super great camping pack list. I wouldn’t go camping nearly as often without it.
I just listened to this episode and found it very reassuring. We have a 7yo, 5yo, and 3yo twins and have never taken our kids on a real vacation because it just sounded like too much work to me. Staycations have worked great for us. BUT I am finally feeling like maybe I’d be ready to try it. Being past the baby stage (especially with two of them) makes a huge difference.