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Posted June 18th, 2010 - 6:53 am by from Modesto, United States (Permalink)

I'm new to Couch Surfing. I have a family of 4: My Husband, myself and 2 kids.

I was hoping to get some information and stories from others that have traveled with 2 small children. How do other couch surfers react to children? and how would people staying with me deal with my kids?

My daughter is almost 3 and my son is 1.

I also have pets and sometime my dog travels with me, she is a small chihuahua weighs about 8lbs. How does that work with people?


Posted June 30th, 2010 - 12:23 pm by from Alpharetta, United States (Permalink)
Welcome! I think that if the hosts themselves have children it is a lot easier because your kids have instant playmates and the house is kidfriendly (hopefully nothing expensive to break stored where kids can get to it, hazzardous items kept locked or stored in high cabinets, etc). As for traveling with the dog, I would suggest checking with each surfer, because that varies... Many people have pets but won't necessarily welcome a visiting dog, others will. And others don't have pets and don't mind pets. Read their profile and ask them...
I think that staying in a family home with kids is almost more natural for the kids than a hotel, because they will have many of the things they are used to at home. When I travel with my 3 year old, I take her blanket, favorite toys and books, so that at bedtime, she feels safe and goes to sleep at ease. I hope this helps! Happy trails!

Posted July 26th, 2010 - 4:52 pm by from Modesto, United States (Permalink)
Thank you so much for your post, it does help. I need to jump feet first and just do it. I am so nervous about traveling with the kids.