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.
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?