Welcome! And Bienvenido!
Kidding! I don’t speak any other languages. Not fluently, anyways. I can get by in French, know a few greetings in Croatian and can definitely order a drink in Spanish. But that’s about it.
If you have a look at my “About Me” page, you’ll see that I love to travel. I have always wanted to be able to converse in another language, I just haven’t made the time to learn one yet. I’m a young 34; there’s still plenty of time! I have been to countries where all three of the above languages are natively spoken and long to take my kids back one day.
Rabac, Croatia (2015)
I was looking at pictures from our adventures over the years when my oldest son, Archer, snuggled in next to me to see what I was doing. I showed him pictures of our trip to Croatia when he was only 10 months old. He loved seeing “baby Archer” in all of the places we visited on the trip we took with my parents to see my dad’s home country. Even when I moved on to pictures from my trips with my now husband, Brad, waaaaay before Archer’s time, he asked whether that was Croatia. When I said no, he asked whether we could go there one day. Why, yes, sweet boy, I want you to explore all of the places in all of the world. Better yet, I want to take you there. To Ireland, France and Greece. And to countries that we can explore together for the first time, across all of the oceans in all of the places.
Los Cabos, Mexico (2018)
Our second born son, Maverick, is the baby of our family. Since he was born just over a year ago, we have taken one out of country flight together as a family of four. We took the kids to Mexico, where we spent a week in Los Cabos. Brad and I hold Mexico very dear to our hearts (see my memoir, when it comes out!) and I cannot wait to go back there with the whole family one day.
You can scour the internet and ask all of the people you know what their best tips are for travelling with babies, but I think the most valuable thing I have learned while travelling with kids is to follow your instincts. You know best whether your baby would do better with the stroller while away from home or if they will only sleep in the baby carrier and cry in the stroller so there’s no need to pack it with you (ahem, Maverick).
Your mom or dad instinct will likely always tell you to pack snacks, so if you’re taking a four-hour flight with two kids? Pack enough snacks to last eight hours and feed twice the amount of children you have and you’ll be good to go!
New York City, New York (2017)
Hitting the Pavement in the Big City
The things that I was most happy I packed for our adventure around NYC were my running shoes, a leather backpack purse (yes, I looked like I jumped out of 1999) and my camera! #tourist
Whistler, BC (2017)
Layers, Layers, Layers
This type of travel is not high on my list of priorities, though I do love a good winter accessory. Scarves to cozy up in! Winter coats for comfy puffiness! Mittens to keep those fingers warm! Toques to cover up your bed head! Check, check, check!
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (2012)
The Beach is Calling!
I love going somewhere warm (I'm not a naturally warm individual, in case you hadn't guessed!). I'm happiest when I can throw on a nice light dress and a pair of flip flops. It's all just so easy to dress (and pack!) for the warm weather.
The Linq Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada (2016)
Still wondering what to pack? I find it easiest to think through my day and then write a list of all of the things I need as the day progresses.
Here’s an example of what a day would look like on a sunny vacation:
Inishmore, Aran Islands, Ireland (2010)
Think through every other day while you will be away, especially travel days, and add the items you think you’ll need to the list. I’m in favour of travelling with as few of the bulkier items as possible, so we used a baby carrier in Mexico and did not bring a stroller or car seat. We just made sure the resort we were staying at provided infant cribs for night time and naps.
Don’t forget to take your partner into account either. If they’re anything like mine, they make a great pack mule.
I value my sense of adventure and am happy to have found it in my partner. I am even more thrilled to see that Archer has it, too, and if Maverick’s affinity for diving head-first off of the couch/bed/high chair is any indication of what his personality will be like, I know we’ve added another adventurist to the Wyers clan.
Search the World for your Adventure,