family travel Resources

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As a family of five, I get it: traveling can be HARD. Thankfully, there are things that can help make your trip easier. Scroll through this page for our favorite family travel resources.

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favorite ways to book tours

Get your guide

There are so many activities to choose from, and I love that you can make a wishlist (highly recommend). Their cancellation policy is fantastic and their customer service is top-notch, too.

guru walk

These “free” walking tours are run by locals who love their city, and it shows. Book a time slot and then leave a tip/donation at the end of your tour based on what you think the tour was worth!

airbnb experiences

Find something unique and fun to do when you’re traveling. There are so many fun things to pick from, plus, you likely already have an account, so see what’s near your destination today!

rest your head

favorites for family accommodation


Traveling in Europe with kids is a totally different ball game, and it can honestly be a little overwhelming trying to find a place for your family to stay. Here’s a quick breakdown of places we’ve stayed at, liked, and recommend. If you have a question about a specific place, shoot me an email!

  • Kinder Hotels are like the holy grail of amazing family accommodation in Europe. Think: all-inclusive/half-board with childcare included. Staying there is like going on a cruise but on land.
  • Yelloh Village and CenterParcs are our favorite budget-friendly versions of a kinder hotel. They’re super fun, casual, and great for longer stays.
  • Hostels aren’t just for backpackers; they’re a great option for families, too. Search for private rooms on HostelWorld, or see if your destination has a Meininger hotel chain.
  • We use Booking.com often; the more you book through them, the more perks you get.
  • AirBnB and VRBO are other great options. If you’re booking from here, make sure there are plenty of reviews available; I often double-check (by googling the name and finding the same listing on different sites) to make sure it’s a legit place to say. Also, keep in mind the extra fees and extra deposits—they add up quickly.
  • TripAdvisor is a great place to see where a hotel ranks within a city. I use this as another way to check reviews on a place or activity.
our favorite places

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Not all hotels are created equal, but I do my best to find the best, safest, and cleanest family-friendly places for our crew of five to stay when we’re on a trip.

OUR favorite family travel things

there’s a lot of stuff out there;
these are tried and true things we actually use and can’t travel without.
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passport holder

This passport holder holds up to 6* passports (we actually get 10 to fit!). Plus, you can use the zippered pocket to hold other important documents. It’s a must-have for family travel.

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packing cubes

Make packing easier with cubes. Each family member has their own color to use (super handy for long trips, like when we move with the military).

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anti-theft pure

Travel with please of mind with this purse. In fact, I have three from the same company. This one, a smaller one, and a backpack. The zippers lock, giving an extra layer of protection.

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Travel Potty

If you’re traveling with young kids and you go on road trips, you NEED this! All of my kids use this (even my 9-year-old)…when you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go!

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Fold Up Booster

Safety first, right? But when you have multiple kids, lugging around a giant car seat while traveling is HARD. Enter this fold-up booster seat; our kids carry their own in their backpacks!

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Kid’s Kindle

This Kindle is great for smaller hands, and excellent for budding readers to take on trips. (TIP: keep an eye out for Black Friday sales!)

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