15 Awesome Ways to Entertain A Toddler While Traveling

15 Awesome Ways to Entertain A Toddler While Traveling

We've traveled with a toddler.  Actually, we travel with TWO toddlers now.  We consider ourselves master toddler entertainers. HA! But seriously, we have conquered toddler boredom time and time again. OH, and while we do love a good movie, we don’t always resort to screen time to entertain our two. We’ve compiled a list of the most effective toys, books, and games that have captivated our toddlers while were trekking around the world with them. If you’re looking for toddler entertainment inspo, you’ve come to the right place!

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25 Travel Must Haves for Babies & Toddlers

25 Travel Must Haves for Babies & Toddlers

"We've traveled with a baby.  We've traveled with a toddler.  We've traveled with a baby AND toddler.   We've also traveled with a lot of crappy products and a lot of REALLY HELPFUL products. 

Here a list of the 25 BEST products we have used while traveling with our kids!"

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How to ENJOY Tent Camping with Toddlers

How to ENJOY Tent Camping with Toddlers

We recently went tent camping with toddlers. We not only survived, but we actually ENJOYED it! We did everything from hike to campfires to using the “back country” bathroom. Our kids had the best time helping set up the tent, helping collect wood for the campfire and their favorite; roast marshmallows. If you’re not in a place financially to travel to lux hotels, I invite you to consider tent camping with your family. You will get to explore new places, connect in the quiet and save some cash!

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How to Have the Perfect Day at Keukenhof with Kids

How to Have the Perfect Day at Keukenhof with Kids

We recently visited Keukenhof in Lisse, The Netherlands.  This world famous Flower Park dates back to the 1500s starting as a fruit and vegetable garden.  Once Keukenhof Castle was built, landscape architects came in and designed the basis of what is now Keukenhof Gardens.  Today, Keukenhof is home to over seven million blooming flowers and allows visitors from all over the world to experience living catalogs from over 100 companies and 500 flower growers.  If you're visiting The Netherlands in the spring, Keukenhof and the surrounding gardens must be on your list.

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The Best of San Antonio, Texas with Kids

The Best of San Antonio, Texas with Kids

We recently spent a week in San Antonio while visiting my husband on one of his work trips.  This multicultural city was more than I had imagined it was going to be.  I was born and raised in South East Texas for 11.5 years before moving to Virginia.  I am familiar with Texas, but I was happily surprised with this family friendly city and all of it’s delicious food.

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The Perfect Day Trip to Bratislava

The Perfect Day Trip to Bratislava

Bratislava is the PERFECT day trip for families. The train ride is easy, Slovakia is gorgeous, and Devin Castle is a MUST. You can find so much charm in this city and public transportation is very easy to use.

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36 Hours in Montreal with Kids

36 Hours in Montreal with Kids

"Our trip was a whirlwind and there is so much more of Montreal I would love to see.  However, if you only have a short stopover, it's totally worth getting out and seeing this beautiful city.  You won't be disappointed." Tavia

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Best of New Orleans with Kids: Audubon Aquarium

Best of New Orleans with Kids: Audubon Aquarium

As soon as we entered the Aquarium, I knew our 2-year old was going to love it.  The entrance is decorated with 3 life size sharks; including a Whale Shark!  After a quick stop in the lobby for a preemptive potty break, we make our way around to walk through the Great Maya Reef.  I LOVE WALK-THROUGH AQUARIUMS.   This surrounding view of the sharks, sting rays and fish is impressive.  We walked through as three scuba divers were cleaning, feeding the fish and one was carving a pumpkin!! Yes, he was IN THE TANK carving his Halloween pumpkin!  It was humorous and impressive as he had to fend off several curious sting rays!

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Best of New Orleans with Kids: Audubon Zoo

Best of New Orleans with Kids: Audubon Zoo

We recently traveled to New Orleans with our 1 & 2 year old.  We connected with the Audubon Institute to explore some of their attractions.  We were able to visit the Audubon Zoo and the Audubon Aquarium!  Both are highly recommended....even if you're traveling without kids! 

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DockATot + Travel

DockATot + Travel

"Now, I don't know what voodoo is attached to this dang DockATot, but it worked a true miracle that only sleep deprived parents can fully appreciate.  It took our crappy sleeper and flipped her to sleeping champ.  A couple weeks after using it, she was sleeping through the night without waking at all.  We became functioning humans again."

Tavia

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Paying for Travel: 9 Ways We Make It Work

Paying for Travel: 9 Ways We Make It Work

"One question I always get when people ask me about traveling is "How do you afford it?"  Well, let me be really honest with you: WE. ARE. NOT. RICH.  We do not have sponsorships. (Although I wouldn't turn them down ;) -- HINT HINT AIRBNB) WE PAY OUT OF POCKET FOR ALL OF OUR LEISURE TRAVEL. We are a military family with two kids living off of ONE paycheck.  The only answer I can think of is: Priority. We prioritize traveling.  We don't do huge home improvement projects, drive fancy cars, live in huge house, etc.  We put our money where our interests are: travel.  Here are 8 ways we are able to afford traveling more than once a year:"

Tavia

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Harpers Ferry: 10 Tips for Planning a Trip with Kids

Harpers Ferry: 10 Tips for Planning a Trip with Kids

"We decided, this particular morning, to go to Harpers Ferry over going to Gettysburg. It was a last minute decision and I wasn't convinced it would even be worth the visit.  My step-dad described it to me as "a historical park with a city on a hill" -- and now we all know he is the WORST ever at describing awesome places.  Our time at Harpers Ferry was better than I could have ever hoped.  So much history, unbeatable nature & the weather could not have been more pleasant."

-Tavia

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GUEST POST: Jenny - An Adventure Worth Taking

GUEST POST: Jenny - An Adventure Worth Taking

"My husband and I are missionaries in the Baltic States and frequently fly throughout Europe for meetings and conferences and to the United States for support raising and to visit family.  With that said, our kids see their bags packed and do not make a fuss about it.  They don’t see the need anymore.  I have a daughter that is 8 and a son that is 4."

Jenny

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Travel Beds: Size Matters

Travel Beds: Size Matters

"There are a million options out there for Travel Cribs (AKA baby cots, pack n plays, etc).  I am not even about to go into comparing them ALL to each other, but I wanted to share this option since so many of my parent-friends are struggling with their tall toddlers and where they sleep on trips!"

Tavia

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I left my Husband and Still-nursing Son in Another Country on Accident

I left my Husband and Still-nursing Son in Another Country on Accident

"...I was pretty thrilled with myself because I knew I would have time to get seats and get situated and all Jimmy would have to do is get on the train and give us food!!  PERFECT!!  We board the train. (<-- WORST decision we make all day) My parent’s grab a table and the 4 seats and take Charletta with them.  I am battling bicyclists to get our giant double stroller on the train.  After they finally get their bikes loaded and I get the stroller situated the door to the train closes and the train starts moving. IT. STARTS. DRIVING. AWAY....."
-Tavia

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