Tell us a little bit about your tribe and your holiday style.
We’re a family of four. My daughter, Chloé, is four and my son, Liam, is two. They both love to travel: my daughter is constantly suggesting new destinations while my son gets excited whenever he sees an airplane.
We love to see as much of a place as possible when travelling. We’ve had to slow down quite a bit after having kids, but our days spent travelling are still very full. We’re usually out of our room early in the morning and only come back to crash in the evening, exhausted from everything we saw and experienced during the day.
What has been your favourite family holiday and why did you love it?
We’ve loved every holiday we’ve taken as a family, but Cuba stands out for me. In February 2015 we spent three weeks touring the western part of the country, visiting the following cities: Matanzas, Havana, Las Terrazas, Vinales, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Varadero.
We stayed in casa particulars, and it was so easy traveling from one place to another. We could spend as many (or as few) nights in a place as we wanted, since we had the freedom of not having anything booked in the next city. The flexibility was so appreciated with two young kids.
The Cubans were very friendly, and incredibly welcoming towards our kids. They would invite my daughter to dance, serenade her or offer her candy. My son was still an infant, and everyone wanted a chance to hold him, which was quite nice during meal time!
There were also so many kid-friendly activities. My daughter didn’t like the beach much, but we had plenty of other things to see and do during our three week stay, including caves, horseback riding, hiking, playgrounds…
What 3 destinations are top of your family travel bucket list?
- Slovenia – The pictures of Slovenia are spectacular, and I love that the country is so compact. There’s a wide diversity of scenery and many family friendly activities all within easy driving distance.
- Jordan – Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea have been on my bucket list for so long!
- Nepal – This destination will have to wait till our kids are teenagers. However, someday, our little family will be trekking in the Himalayas and sipping chai with the Nepali people!
If you had to pick one travel item that makes travelling with kids easier, what would it be?
Packing cubes! The first time we traveled as a family, I felt as though I was always packing or unpacking, or looking for something. The packing cubes have made traveling so much easier. We each get a cube with our day clothes, and one with underwear/pyjamas and bathing suit. My suitcase holds everything the kids and I need, everything is organized, and when it’s time to head to the next city, I just need to throw the cubes back in my suitcase and off we go!
What’s your best piece of family travel advice that you can share with the Our Tribe Travels community? Do it! See it as an adventure, and not as a vacation. Parenting is exhausting and frustrating at home, might as well take that show on the road and enjoy what the rest of the world has to offer! You’ll grow as a person, but you’ll also grow as a family – grow closer, stronger and happier.