Travel: it’s not just for grown-ups! Trovers like Tikva of Gezin op Reis and Caz and Craig of yTravelBlog are proving that big adventures are really for the whole family.
And their adventures aren’t simple visits toa giant mouse named Mickey, either. These parents have packed up their kids for months-long global adventures to provide a lifetime of incredible memories.
Tikva and her husband write the Gezin op Reis (“Traveling Family”) blog, where they share the ongoing adventure of exploring the globe with a one-year-old. And thus far, Tikva says, it’s been an incredible experience.
Bangkok with Kids (Gezin op Reis)
Bangkok with Kids – a photo list by Gezin op Reis
The Gezin Op Reis family has visited over 60 countries and counting, including many that the rest of us just dream about: Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal, Iceland, and so many more.
As they travel, their infant daughter is growing up in a world rich with flavors, colors and cultures. She’s played with children who speak a different language and discovered scrumptious baby bananas in Asia.
For others who want to keep traveling after children are born, Tikva has some sound advice: “If you want to travel with a young child like us, you will have to accept that things will never go as you plan. So come prepared with enough food, diapers and toys to keep the baby happy and just enjoy your trip.”
Another family exploring the world with little ones is the Makepeace family. Caz and Craig co-write yTravelBlog, and are on a journey to “get to know Mama Nature on a deeper level.” They are a family of four from a small Australian town called Woy Woy, an hour north of Sydney.
Caz and Craig are both self-admitted travel junkies who travel with their two daughters in pursuit of sports, music and festivals. Together, they love discovering more and more about this beautiful planet we live on. Their girls have seen firsthand how other cultures live, and learned that despite surface differences, people everywhere have so much in common.
Currently, the Makepeaces can be found on an epic road trip across Australia. Australia Bucket List – a photo list by Caz and Craig @yTravelBlog
While the road trip is a bucket list adventure for sure, it’s also a strategic decision. Caz shares some wisdom:
“We think road trips are the best way to experience family travel, especially if your children are young. This helps them have a little bit of stability and a sense of “home.” It’s a great way to reduce your costs as well because you can carry more things like cooking utensils and camping gear.”
Like most parents, Caz has her fears – she occasionally wakes up in a cold sweat terrified about crocodiles. We asked Caz how she keeps her sanity while traveling with the family (especially to croc-filled tropical paradises):
“You have to be super flexible and open to change. You must travel slowly and involve your kids in the process as much as possible. We always ask for their input on things to see and do, and we talk about our next destination some time before we get there. We find this really helps them prepare for what lies ahead and gets them excited.”
Keep up with the stories of GezinOpReis and Caz and Craig @yTravelBlog by following them on Trover! Also, don’t miss great tips from Caz and Craig’s on their U.S., Asia, and New Zealand lists.