toddler travel

How to Travel like Adults…With a Toddler

Before we moved to Europe, it seemed as if all of our friends either stopped traveling once they had kids or they only went on Disney vacations (or to visit the grandparents). And while there’s nothing wrong with an occasional Disney trip (the first place I want to travel to after we move back to Seattle is Aulani) I couldn’t imagine that being the only kind of vacation we ever took.

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A Luxurious and Relaxing Weekend in Mallorca (With a Toddler)

So when my husband asked where I wanted to go for my birthday, I immediately said, “To the beach.” I didn’t much care which beach we went to, as long as it would be (substantially) warmer than Oslo. That didn’t really narrow my choices down, though, so I started looking for places in Europe where it would be over 20 degrees Celsius in October. After a little research, I decided on Mallorca.

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Norway: A Toddler-Friendly Bucket List

One of my biggest regrets about leaving Prague so soon is that we didn’t see nearly as much of the Czech Republic as I would have liked. Determined not to let that happen this time, I immediately started a list of places I want to visit in Norway. Unfortunately, with a toddler in tow, we aren’t headed to some of the most Instagrammed places any time soon. (Trolltunga, anyone?)

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24 min du Mans?

If ever we’ve had a travel/parenting fail, it might be this one.  But for my more-than-a-little car-obsessed husband, a trip to the 24 heures du Mans was a necessary edition to our year’s itinerary.  

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Is Hallstatt, Austria the cutest little town ever?

Nestled in a valley in the Salzkammergut, the small town consists primarily of a small square on the lake with a large church steeple reflecting on the water. I think the view of that church (which is incredibly simple inside, especially compared to the ornate Catholic churches in Salzburg) is the reason why Hallstatt is so popular with tourists today.

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Easter Weekend in Salzburg, Austria

When my husband found out that he got three days off for Easter, any reason to stay in Prague for the weekend evaporated.  I turned to Google and started searching for Easter egg hunts in Central and Eastern Europe—or if that failed, cities where they didn’t celebrate the holiday by whipping women and girls.

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Lisbon: 2 1/2 days with a toddler

We’d barely been back from Cancun for 24 hours when we started planning our next “sunny” vacation.  (Coming home to dirty snow and a high of -2 Celsius was not fun!) At the top of my list for a while now was a trip to Portugal so after quizzing my Facebook friends on the benefits of Lisbon v. Porto, we were off for a week in a {slightly} warmer climate.

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Sintra & Cascais: 2 1/2 days with a toddler

When I asked my Facebook friends whether we should go to Lisbon or Porto (nothing like crowdsourcing your vacation plans, am I right?) a third place (albeit one close to Lisbon) kept coming up—Sintra.  One quick Pinterest search later and I knew we had to go.  So we booked our tickets for a week in Lisbon, with the intent of spending half our time in Lisbon and half in nearby Sintra.

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Adventures in Transatlantic Travel with a Young Toddler

First off…if you are looking for the secret to how to ensure that your toddler doesn’t cry during a fourteen hour flight and immediately adjusts to the new time zone, keep on walking.  I spent hours scouring the internet for that information before our last big trip and couldn’t find it.  There were tips for babies (but mine was (mostly) weaned so feeding him during takeoff and landing was not an option) and older toddlers (but mine isn’t interested in crayons or stickers, so those are out).  But nothing about how to handle a 13 month old who had just recently started walking.

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