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Hi everyone! Looking for tips on traveling with a two year old!
Posted April 22nd, 2009 - 2:20 pm by from Decatur, United States (Permalink)
Hi everyone! I am so excited to have discovered the couch surfing website. I have a very active two year old, and I love to travel … we have traveled and stayed with family and friends over the last two years. We are planning a trip in June … and more so than figuring out couch surfing with a two year old I’m trying to figure out how to make it a worthwhile trip. We are thinking about moving to the place we’re traveling, so it’s important to be able to get out and see the town and really see things.

When we used to travel alone, we were high-impact travelers – we pack a lot into each day, we hit the tourist high-points, we try to find the cool non-touristy landmarks, we do our best to meet locals, we try to find the hole-in-the-wall restaurants. We even spend a day looking at real estate, just for fun.

Enter Hunter, the two-year-old. Life at home revolves around meals, naps, pottying, diaper changes, occasional tantrums, and an early bedtime. So … how do y’all do it when you are traveling? We seem to never manage to actually DO anything between meals and naps when we are out of town. Plus our little guy HATES the car, so driving with him basically sucks.

I want to find out what YOU do, how you change your plans and maintain a routine and still have a good trip.

-Ingrid

Posted April 22nd, 2009 - 3:54 pm by from Alpharetta, United States (Permalink)
Hi, Ingrid,
Before our baby was born we also used to pack many activities during our trips. So I understand how different the pace feels when traveling with a little one in tow. We travel a lot with our 19 month old. What works for us is to keep her schedule as close to what she is used to as possible. That means waking up early, eating quick meals (or having a picnic in a park) and exploring one or two places on our must see list. We know we won't be able to see everything, so we narrow down our list considerably. At her nap time, we also take a nap. If we are tired, it is harder to deal with an active toddler. We make a list of one or two must-see things per day and that is it. The rest of the time we spend in playgrounds, parks, and other places where our daughter can spend energy freely. It also let us feel part of the community we are visiting, because we get to hang out at the same places the resident families hang out at. Soon your child will be more independent and you'll be able to slowly increase the number of activities you do each day. I hope this helps! Simone