Why You Should Consider A Multi-Family Trip

Friday, July 15, 2016

In mid-June, some friends came to visit us in Vilnius. With them, we planned to take an epic road trip through the Baltics ending in Helsinki ... with our 2 babies (both under 14 months old!). What could go wrong?!

Honestly, I was nervous about this trip. I haven't traveled with friends since my time in China and I've never traveled with two babies before. J and I have also never had such a jam-packed schedule when traveling together ... especially with Baby ISO. But, our planned itinerary sounded awesome and we were excited to show our friends around the Baltics and explore new places together. 

Our Itinerary:

June 10-12: Vilnius, Lithuania
June 12-14: Jurmala, Latvia
June 14-16: Saaremaa Island, Estonia*
June 16-17: Tallinn, Estonia
June 17-20: Helsinki, Finland (our friends left on June 19)

*Change in plans: Baby ISO got very ill, so instead of going to Saaremaa Island, we stayed in Riga, Latvia. I'll have another post about this in the coming weeks.

Despite the sick baby and change of plans, we had a great time on this trip. We visited 4 counties, ate a ton of great food, and had so much fun letting the babies play together. Soon, I'll be sharing detailed posts about what we did in each destination (except Riga since we were tending to a sick baby). It was also incredibly comforting having support from friends while we were in the hospital with Baby ISO. 

If you are thinking of doing a multi-family trip, I'd absolutely recommend it. Here are some of the reasons I'd suggest traveling with friends and kids.

  • Doing a multi-family trip gives you the flexibility to hang out together as adults while kids play together (or play together separately)
  • If something goes wrong, you have backup.
  • It's fun!
  • If your kids are older, you could take turns babysitting so you could go on a date with your spouse.
  • It gets you out of your comfort zone since you'll do things each family likes.
  • Comic relief.
  • Extra hands, diapers, toys, laughter...

 Have you traveled with friends before? Would you travel with another family?

If You Only Have Time To Do 3 Things In Warsaw

Monday, July 11, 2016

Back in late April, I had a glorious week-long visit to Warsaw, Poland and was able to leisurely see a lot of the city. However, I have a feeling that for many, Warsaw is a quick stopping point. If you are only in Warsaw for a day or two, here are three things I'd suggest you squeeze into your schedule that don't involve eating.

3. Walk over a bridge for a great view of the city


To visit the Praga district (I thought it was over-rated FYI), I walked over both most Swietokrzyski (photos below) and the bridge on route 629 going from Old Town across the Vistula River. The views from both bridges was great and provides a different perspective for seeing Warsaw's skyline and old town.

2. University of Warsaw Roof Gardens on the Library


What a great use of green space to beautify an area! The gardens on the roof of the University of Warsaw Library were incredible. It was awesome to be able to walk onto the roof of the library and have a stunning green space to relax and take in the view of the city. Just look at that view of the Palace of Culture and Science in the fourth photo below!

1. Warsaw Uprising Museum


If you only have time to do one thing in Warsaw, you should visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum. This museum was incredibly informative and clearly illustrates Polish lives and the struggle, decimation, and hope during WWII. The profiles of specific historical heroes and villains were particularly interesting. There is even a full-sized plane, background noises, and lighting setting the scene.



Have you been to Warsaw? What are your top three things that you'd suggest people visit?