After many years in the rat race, Natasha and AJ decided to take an eight-month sabbatical from the corporate rat race and travel the world with their 18-month old son. Since then they have visited 44 countries, taken four cruises, embarked on over 70 flights, and explored over a hundred unique destinations with their son (now four years old). Recently they launched The 2 Idiots Travel Blog and wrote their first book How To Travel With Kids (Without Losing Your Mind) with the purpose of sharing their insights and inspiring families around the world to travel more with their kids. We had the opportunity to pick their brains and are excited to share some of their brilliant travel tips here.
1. Please tell us a little about yourselves and your family and where you’ve traveled together as a family.
We are AJ and Natasha, originally from India, but now live in Charlotte, NC. After many years of climbing the corporate ladder, we decided to take a break and travel. We have now traveled to 6 continents, 44 countries and 115 destinations as a family, including an incredible 8-month trip across the world when our son was almost 2-years old.
2. How has traveling changed the most since you became parents?
Traveling as parents is very different. We used to be able to pack everything in a carry-on but now I have to pack a lot more. Also, the pace is slower, you need to bake in time for toddler tantrums, snack breaks and toilet runs.
3. Babies seem to need a lot of stuff at home. Do you have any packing tips for traveling with a baby or toddler, including any essential items or items you wish you had just left at home?
Babies and toddlers do need a lot but strollers and car seats have come a long way. Also, people tend to overpack; you can in most places buy diapers and baby food. Depending on your destination try to take only the essentials: travel stroller, travel car seat (our foldable one is our favorite), travel bassinet (you can get these at hotels and AirBnbs also, check ahead), some food (formula or favorite snacks), a few toys and clothes.
4. Which countries or cities have you found to be particularly family friendly?
Spain is our favorite country for family travel; they have parks everywhere and the restaurants are so chill about having little kids running around. But in general, we've found most countries around the world to be pretty accommodating for kids and families.
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