Let's Travel

Let’s discover!  First on the to do list is to pick a place.  There’s so many destinations that are kid friendly like the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, or almost anything in the Caribbean!  I think what’s key is to look for locations close to you especially if you have really young children that haven’t traveled much.  To be honest, when my girls where 1-3 years old we traveled mainly between NJ/NYC & MIA a few times to the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos.  It was just easier, flights were short and because it was most familiar to us with all the baby gear available where we stayed.  If your kids are older definitely start venturing out!  Decide if you want mostly site seeing and relaxing like Guatemala vs an adventure like Costa Rica or a little of both like Turks and Caicos.  To be honest though, I find that every country has a little of both relaxation and adventure you just have to look for it and plan accordingly.  I absolutely love Europe and South America but flight times and days you have available for vacation comes into play- you don’t want to be traveling 2 full days if you only have 5 days to spare.  https://www.lonelyplanet.com/ is a great website to look around and choose your next location.  They have insights into different countries and so many great places to explore!  

Once you have picked a location, start crazy google and tripadvisor searching on what there is to do in that country.   I always make sure I choose activities or excursion that we can do with my 5 year old since she’s our youngest. Nothing is worse then planning an itinerary come to find out it’s not doable for all in your group.   I’m dying to go to Peru and India but realistically my kids are too young for these places and we will have to wait a while.....but it will happen!

Next on the list, start your flight search-ticket prices can help dictate where you’re heading.  Generally the further you go the more expensive the flight. I usually start on expedia and kayak to compare the best flight deals.  Sometimes I go directly to the airline to see if their prices are less but I find that they’re not with the exception of Jet Blue. I’ve also heard booking on a Tuesday night helps with prices but haven’t been able to prove it-lmk if it works for you!  Booking early is also huge on savings. If you know when you have vacation days try looking for flights early so there’s plenty of availability or use search engines to notify you when there’s low prices. Since I know when my girls have vacation, I start planning our journeys far in advance!  I may be crazy but I already planned December and I’m starting to think about February’s break. Almost everyone has similar days off for “breaks”so I’ve found that the longer I wait the less availability there is for hotels or houses (I’ll get into housing in a later post) and the higher ticket prices will be.

Remember, any place worth getting to is never easy, so start early and happy planning!


 

Tales of the Traveling Teo Chicas - My Mini Me's

I get asked all the time, “How do I do it?  How do I travel alone with my girls for prolonged periods of time?”. Actually, I just returned from an amazing 6 week Asia and Dubai trip with my three minis Aisla (10), Soleil (8), and Luna (who is 5 but sometimes is still in her terrible 2’s).  Yes, I’m alive and no I’m not ready to give up my kids for adoption or commit myself to a mental institution!  In truth, I’m a little sad that I’m back home and not somewhere exploring this beautiful world!! 

I’ve been traveling with my three crays since they were 3 months old.  Traveling is my ultimate favorite thing to do.  According to my husband, I do it right by traveling with my best friends aka my mini me’s. 

The other day I overheard a lady saying, “I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to travel.”  She had just gotten back from Greece, loved it, but missed her 3 year old twins.  Of course I love couples only trips, but thought ummm... they are totally old enough to travel!!  My friend immediately introduced us having known about my multiple travels with my girls.  I began to tell her about my travels and how I do it and her response was, “that sounds difficult.”  Truth be told it’s a good amount of work and planning but so worth it.  Though I have had my share of “why now” moments, in the end I have never taken a trip with my girls that I regretted the “adventure”it took us to get there.   

We have traveled all over Europe, Central America, the Caribbean and most recently Asia.  Funny enough, my mother-in-law jokingly told my girls, “Your mom wants to show you the entire world before you go off to college!”  Little does she know she’s actually right on point!  Eventually my girls will grow up and there may come a time (teenage years be damned) when they may not want to travel with me, so, I’m not waiting for that time.  There is no better time then the present because tomorrow may never come.  

Although it’s not always super easy, it’s very doable and eventually they become seasoned travelers.  With this Mini and Me Travel Blog I hope to give tips and to inspire other courageous moms to travel the world with their kids. Truth is they will only be this age once so might as well live it up, make it an adventure, and create memories that will last a lifetime.  

 

 

Darling Darcy's First

Such A SWEET LITTLE GIRL, DARCY.  She celebrated her First BirthDay in Style!  The event was beautifully decorated by Angi & Co., every little detail was amazing.  The cake was by Cakes by Christine NY, of course not only beautiful but soooo delicious, I should know I stole a piece :)   The guest really had a great time and showed so much love to this little one!   

Memorial Day Tribute

A tribute to our fallen heroes.  

Coming from a third world country, I appreciate the small things others may not.  Sitting outside of a cafe drinking coffee with jewelry, my kids and my purse by my side.  Being able to walk the streets with my kids any day at any time .  Leaving my car parked in front of my house.  There are so many little things we never think of as a luxury.  As sad as it is, I could never do these things in my country of birth.   So, I appreciate the little things, I appreciate freedom and the ability to just "LIVE" .