Molly Bellar is the VP of Creative and Marketing here at FabKids, and for part of last year she traveled the world with her family, including two kids in tow! They packed up and hit the road for six months, taking planes, trains, automobiles and more around Europe, Australia and New Zealand. This week on the blog we’ll be sharing tips from Molly about traveling with kids, to accompany our Summer Road Trip series taking place over on FabKids’ Instagram Stories.
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- Trains, Planes and Automobiles. Exposing your kids to as many modes of transportation will not only help you get from A to Z, but it’ll be fun for the kids! In bigger cities and rural places we rented cars, and in cities known for great transportation like Lisbon and Paris we used the public transportation system. Consider having your kids help you research public transportation before your trip to help decide how to get where.
- Traveling is the easy part. Many parents worry most about getting to and from. This is going to sound crazy, but our travel days were the easiest. With travel – be it by train or airport – there are set rules. Brief your kids beforehand and emphasize they must take travel rules seriously. This helps instill a sense of responsibility, being trusted to travel like a “big kid.” After that they’ll get the hang of it and be able to follow suit in new situations.
- NO RULES IN THE SKY. Speaking of rules, THERE ARE NO RULES IN THE SKY! Want to watch Octonaughts for 8 hours? Great! Go for it. Want to eat goldfish? Awesome, here ya go! Literally, no rules apply. Let the kids do what makes them happy. It will make your life happier too.
- Home Away from Home. AirBNB is a great option for families. They make it so simple! I always looked for houses or apartments that also had kids living in them so they would be kid-friendly and have toys and things for them to play with.
- Adapting to Each New Home. Adapting in general was really hard at the beginning of our trip, making sure the homes had toys to play helped. Regardless of where we were staying, literally just adapting to a new pace of life was the biggest challenge. I think we totally underestimated that. It took a solid six weeks for things to feel normal and smooth. But those six weeks were the hardest time ever. What really turned it around was creating behavior charts for both kids – this became an excellent tool for us to talk about their behavior and for the kids to see their progress. We would fill them out two times a day, once in the afternoon and once after dinner. It was so nice to have an ongoing conversation around their behaviors and how they were feeling. This was seriously a game changer.