We’re Back From A Month In Europe!

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IMG_8135We’ve just returned from our four weeks in Europe and I’m very excited to start sharing all of our experiences and tips with you.  For three of the four weeks we were gone it was just me and the three kiddos.  My husband got to join us in the middle of our trip for a week, which was a nice way to break up the vacation.  The flights went well in each direction on Condor airlines.  Here is what is coming up on the blog in the month of September from our recent travels:

  • Tips and advice on how to pack for multiple children for multiple weeks overseas when traveling alone.
  • A review of Condor airlines and their kid friendliness.
  • How to find cheaper hotel alternatives and the pros and cons of private rentals and hostels.
  • Adjusting kids to time zone changes.
  • Overviews of each location we visited and recommended activities for kids in Paris, various German cities, Austria and Slovenia.
  • And finally, how to bring vacation learning home.  Projects and experiments that allow your kids to apply what they learned on vacation to school and everyday learning.

Stay tuned!

The Journey Begins…again.

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Ok, here it is, my first official post for this site.  This blog is a new journey, but is more a continuation of what I’ve already been doing with my kids for the past four years.  This time, I hope that is is better documented.  I wanted to start this blog to show other moms that it is possible, and can even be enjoyable, to travel with small children.  As my oldest is just 6 years old and my youngest is 1 year old, I’ll be focusing more on traveling with small children.  Though they are often the most challenging.  Most of all, this blog is an answer to the question I get all the time from other parents, “Where are the most family friendly places to go overseas with your children?”  My short answer is “Just about anywhere!”  Here I hope to redefine what it means to be “family friendly” and give other moms (and dads) confidence in taking their little ones out into the great big world.

When we lived in Europe and traveled around with our children, it was more about what my husband and I wanted to get out of the trip.  The kids of course benefited quite a bit from just being out and exploring with us, but I never gave much thought to the other connections they could make to their own little world.  Now that we’re living in the US again, it’s not as easy to just hop on a cheap train and arrive in a foreign country within 3 hours.  So I’ve had a chance to think about what I really hope my children will learn from travel and how it impacts their identity and education.  These questions and answers will be explored and explained throughout my blog.  Here are the main categories you will be able to find on Mommy and Me Overseas…

  1. The actual stories of Mommy and Me Overseas. Where I took my children, how I survived, what I learned, what I would recommend, etc.
  2. Writings on the exploration of what it means to be a global citizen or experience multicultural education while actually being in another culture. What I did to prepare the children for their next encounter on an academic level.
  3. And finally, how to develop a sense of identity in a child that has moved between two different countries and continues to travel to multiple countries as they progress through the years.
  4. Tips on saving money and making travel more economical with kids so that they can experience the world when they are young.