Every year on May 9th, we celebrate the moms in our life. While we would argue they deserve much more than one day out of the year, especially after the year we’ve just had, we were still excited to take the opportunity to get to know one of the moms on our team. We interviewed Jessica, one of our Experience Managers who is not only an avid traveler but now a mom of a lovely two-year-old who let us in on some insider knowledge for traveling with kids.
When to go:
“If you’re able to go in the slight shoulder season, like September for Europe or May in the Caribbean, it will be much less busy and will go a long way for travels with the family. Smaller lineups, fewer crowds, less traffic, and more attention from staff and hospitality hosts. I know the kids are in school, but if you can make an exception to sneak them away, it will be worth it.”
What to bring:
“Whether you’re going to a park or across the globe, the same day-pack rules apply. Always have snacks, sunscreen, book/tablet, water, wipes (and if your kid is anything like mine, band-aids too), and more snacks.”
Where to go:
Punta Mita, Mexico, is an exceptional choice. It’s a gated community that’s incredibly secure and safe, filled with kids clubs, beach clubs, and everything you’d expect from a high-end resort, but you get the comfort of your own home-away-from-home.
“Paris, France, always finds a way on the top of my lists for where to travel. It’s a lovely place filled with fun things to do. Spend days taking in the arts and culture or lounge in one of the many parks for a perfect backdrop for sunny afternoon picnics. And what makes it even better is it’s so easy to get around, so you don’t even need a car.”
What to do
“While there are endless experiences to enjoy abroad in every destination, one of the things I can’t stress enough is making sure to plan for a day of rest. I mean, you’re on vacation after all. Make sure to spend a day enjoying the actual villa, playing soccer with the kids on the lawn, playing in the pool, playing cards on the outdoor patio, the list goes on. Or, you get a babysitter to take care of the kids one day, and you enjoy the villa all to yourself, maybe with an in-villa spa treatment, sipping wine, and taking in the views.”