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Traveling Internationally With Kids

Monday, October 17, 2022

Have you ever thought about Traveling Internationally With Kids?

The Gunzel Family In Paris France at Hotel Plaza Etoile

Honestly, initially, I was TERRIFIED!

But, traveling with our kids has been a great learning experience.

For ALL of us!

In Paris at the Louvre Museum Arch and Gardens. Our first night in, we were a bit tired, but it was worth it to go at night and avoid the crowds.

We are happy to share some tips to make it easier and fun for you.

  • Travel early – make it to the airport 2 hours early to give yourself plenty of time for those extra bathroom stops, snack needs, and to make it through security before the crowds.
  • Paper notebooks and a pen make it nice to be able to journal, draw and play easy games like Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Ask if you can pre board if you have little ones or any medical issues. This will give you more time and make it easier all around because you won’t feel rushed.
  • Suckers and gum help ears to pop and avoid earaches.
  • Bring a light jacket or small blanket because planes are often cold and it makes it easier to take a nap.
The Gunzel Family ready to catch the train in Bayeaux France
Wyatt and Abbie Gunzel at the Train Station in France

Trains are one of the best ways to get around Europe, but ESPECIALLY with kids.

It's less stress, more views and lots of time to spend together!

Mona Lisa in the Louvre in Paris France with the Gunzel Family
Wyatt Gunzel and Abbie Gunzel with the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris France

Traveling with kids can be a great experience!

There are learning opportunities everywhere!

The WORLD can literally be your classroom!

There is literally nothing like getting to see the real thing in person!

Hello, Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci!

(If you go, try to do the special Mona Lisa by night tour without the crowds to get right up close.)

Abbie's First Blog Post Ever!!!

Teach them:

How to read the arrival and departure boards, how to check in at the front desks and kiosks, how to navigate airports, and how to pay attention and stay together in crowds.

For safety, always have your child go into the bathroom stall with you, always have somebody in your group with your bags, and less is more when traveling.

We have found that by packing in just one back pack each for a month long trip, we are able to mostly just wash socks and underwear and re-wear jeans, shirts and layer with sweatshirts.

This makes it so nice because we aren’t weighed down with a bunch of stuff!

Wyatt Gunzel and Abbie Gunzel Trains in Europe -COLLAGE
Gunzel Family Traveling With Kids Internationally -ANIMATION

Take lots of pictures!

You can always scrapbook later!

Or, use a photo site like to create custom photo books and keepsakes from your trips!

The Gunzel Family Traveling with Kids in Paris France

Also, a friend told us about a great resource for checking out local destinations.

It’s called:

Check out the link to find other things to do with locals when you travel.

Oftentimes, they are more affordable and will give you some great ideas you might not otherwise find out about.

We used it to find out about great areas to buy chocolates, ride a carousel and find a local market when we went to Paris and made our own local day out with friends!

Wyatt Gunzel and Abbie Gunzel on the street in Italy

Remember, today is truly a gift!

Make memories with your loved ones.

Today will never be the same again.

Do you have more tips for traveling internationally with kids?

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The Gunzel Family with their 5th wheel and Truck at the start of their 50 in 50 Trip

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