The Best Way to Make Travel Easier

Creating a Travel Rhythm

We looked at the map. We had plotted our car ride for the 6 hours it would take for us to get to the beach. My husband and I then thought how that seemed daunting with kids.

That first time it may have been daunting, but since then we have seen how it really isn’t as bad as it seems. Traveling with kids just takes planning. That planning may need to include adding a little extra to your travel time, but it is always manageable. I am going to give you something that has helped us so much and I hope it helps you also!

What is a Travel Rhythm?

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Culture Defines Humor

Learning to be Funny

If you have ever been around small children, you know sometimes they come up with the silliest jokes. Their jokes may not actually be that funny, but they are crazy. You know the children are trying so hard to match the humor they see around them.

With children, they are still exploring language and all of its nuances. However, they are also learning the societal expectations of what is considered funny. They see, much like we know, that humor is simply part of life. It is as much a part of life as other responses we have to events every day, such as anger and sadness.

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4 Ways to Make Flying with Kids Easier

Flying with Kids

We booked the flight. We were going to be in Indonesia for 2 months for my husband’s internship. After much conversation we decided to take both kids. They were 20 months and 9 months old. The travel from where we lived included 9 hour flight, one layover, and a 12 hour flight. I had flown long distances, but this was my husband’s first flight. To say we were nervous was an understatement!

Since then we have flown internationally without or without kids many times. We are much less scared. In fact, our children love flying and it has become a past time for them. I do realize this is not the same for children who do not usually fly, but we have learned some things that will help anyone. Here is our best advice for anyone flying with kids of any ages.

Family Flight Advice

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4 Ways to Make Road Trips Easier

Road Trips on the Horizon

As a family who travels extensively locally and internationally, we have had our fair share of long car rides. And I do not foresee that ending anytime soon. I remember hearing from parents, before I became a parent myself, that road trips were the worst. I saw on television that families dread being in a car together for too long. It really made me nervous the first several times we had long car rides.

Seeing that road trips were not going to end anytime soon, I made it my mission to find ways to enjoy them. Not only was I going to choose to be happy, but I also wanted to give my entire family a good experience. I wanted to take advantage of the precious time I would have with my children in close proximity. Over the years, road trips have continued to get easier for us, and I wanted to pass along some of the things we have done to come to enjoy them.

4 Useful Tips for Road Trips

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Cold Treats Around the World

In the warm weather, who doesn’t love a cold treat?!

If you were to look at the concept of ice cream around the world in different cultures, you might be interested to know how much culture impacts this cold treat. From the common ingredients to the method of making it, we wanted to show you some popular options from around the world.

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World Connection in Unexpected Times

At the beginning of 2020, I do not think anyone was making New Year’s resolutions that would fit within the setting of a world-wide pandemic. There is no way we could have prepared for government-forced shut-downs and travel bans that would impact every country at the same time. Every person on earth currently, whether “necessary” or not is being impacted by the introduction of crazy unknowns.

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Word of the Year 2020

In 2018, I heard of this interesting idea to have a word for the year. You can reflect on this word and really dig into how it has a place in your life. Words are powerful because they have more than just a surface meaning.

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Learning Culture at the Grocery Store

It may be odd, but I love taking my children to the grocery store with me. I like to set time aside to spend getting what I need, but I also like taking our time to just look around. Of course, when my children were very small, it was harder to do this. However, once they turn three or so, I love the conversations that come up and the amazing learning opportunities.

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6 Ways to Respect Another Culture

I have discussed some ways to respect other cultures in many of my posts. It is definitely on the forefront of my mind when I discuss culture and traveling. I am usually willing to sacrifice bend my comfort in order to respect another culture, but by no means am I perfect at it. Through my travels I have learned a couple of things, and I wanted to share them to help you so that maybe you could have easier travel internationally and be better equipped to respect other cultures.

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What to Remember when Teaching About Cultures

When I created this blog, my heart was to promote parents learning with their children about other cultures. Of course, one of the best ways to do that is to travel, but there are many ways to expose yourself and your children to other countries and cultures. (For some ideas check out this post.)

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