Traveling with Tots provides tips and tools for parents who want to travel with their young children, during pregnancy, or are considering expat life abroad.
Hi, I’m Shaina (pronounced like China with a ’S’). I moved to London in January 2020 with my husband and son as US Expats. We had a baby girl one-year-later. We love savouring our life in London and traveling around Europe as a family of four. It comes with it’s own nuances, so I wanted to pull together a resource for all other parents who want to travel with their children (and maybe even move abroad!).
When I was in my 20s, I hit the checklist of my ‘traditional’ goals (i.e., college, grad school, worked in consulting in public health, got married, and had a baby). I kind of felt like the biggest adventures were behind me, and everything moving forward was mapped out. And then when I was 30, my husband received the opportunity for us to move to Europe for a few years. I was terrified of moving away from family and managing my kid alone, much less having more so far away. But we decided ‘when else in life will we ever do this’, and took the plunge.
It isn’t always easy, and we miss our family/friends, but this has been the most amazing experience to bond as our little unit of 4 and make this memories together. Because life isn’t over when you have kids – it’s just a new chapter! So far, during pregnancy and with one or both of kids, we have been fortunate to have travelled from the US to the UK, Canada, Pakistan, Netherlands, Brussels and from the UK to the US, France, Italy, and Greece. Next up is Croatia! We know that we are truly blessed, but for us to enjoy these trips, it has required quite a bit of strategizing and research.
After being asked by friends in-person and over social media on our tips and thoughts, I decided to create this blog! The goal is to share our experiences on traveling with a toddler and baby, separately and together; traveling while pregnant; and living as a US expat in London with kids. The goal is to empower other parents to be able to take these trips, domestic or international, or even make an international move – and thoroughly enjoy!