My son was less than two years old when we went on a family vacation in Japan. My husband and I pursued our dream of bringing our offspring to Disneyland to meet his all-time favorite character, Mickey Mouse, in person. To prepare for our first-ever, out-of-the-country, family trip, I scoured the web for every possible tip, advice, and recommendation on how to make our experience pleasantly memorable and comfortable especially for our toddler. Our son is now three years old and my husband and I are planning on another family getaway overseas. It’s a good thing that I came to know about The Toddler Travels: Tips and Thoughts for Your Little One’s First Vacation Abroad when I had the opportunity to attend its formal book launch. Now I have a single reference for our future adventures!
I was actually late for The Toddler Travels book launch; no thanks to the horrendous Friday traffic! My son and I left two hours before the event and had a ride with my husband from Ayala EDSA to Fully Booked but I was still an hour late. And I was not the only one. Anyway, it’s a good thing that I was able to catch up with the on-going discussion. The author, Genevieve Gutierrez-Figueroa, a fellow yaya- and maid-less mom (by choice) to a little one, dished out helpful tips on how to minimize stress and have fun with your young child while travelling abroad. She even shared a few personal experiences that will certainly dispel the fears and worries of families who are planning to embark on a journey with their young ones for the first time. Here are more travel-inspired stuff that I have learned from the self-published writer of The Toddler Travels:
- For beginners, start with short-haul flights. You may want to go explore the Philippines first or go to countries that do not require a visa.
- Singapore has a baby-friendly airport.
- The author suggested Tokyo as a family destination since it has Disneyland, a zoo and all sorts of kid-friendly places.
- You can never say that kids are too young to remember. The author shared that she was amazed that her own daughter remembers the places that they’ve been to and the things that they have seen.
- With the current state of Manila traffic, you have to go four hours earlier to the airport to be relaxed and avoid the hassle. Genevieve added that it takes time to finish security check for baby stuff.
- Don’t rush when travelling with your kids. They have their own pace.
- To get the best out of your family vacation, travel for at least three full days.
I can’t wait to get my own copy of The Toddler Travels. It will definitely help me out in preparing for our next family vacay and enjoy our overseas family bonding all the more!
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