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Have you ever asked yourself: do I really have everything we need? Have I forgotten anything? Rhetoric question, of course. We all have asked this question at some point in our lives, probably every time we are off to travel the world (or the neighborhood). For all those among us whose mind is flipping, we have created the ultimate Mom and Dad travel packing list.It contains all the essentials plus some really helpful tools for everyday life. And we tried to keep it simple. Since everything we need does not equal everything that can fit into...

So I woke up this morning, painfully thinking of last night when I had enjoyed too much of those great spaghetti aglio e olio and cool white wine for dinner. Pinot gris, just to let you know. On a beautiful summer night in Southern Germany, this was my way to get rid of the travel stress and tension. A bad habit!Speaking of bad habits and how to break them: I used to fight them.That's why I decided: no dinner for me today. And to go running - that same day as well as on a regular...

I write this as someone whose entire life - from childhood, though adolescence and into adulthood - has been enhanced by stories of all kinds.I love the way stories allow us to leave our world behind and dive into other people’s lives, explore the dark depths of the human soul, and see things from different perspectives. Logan P. Smith hit the nail on the head when he said:  “People say that life’s the thing, but I prefer reading.”  I read all kinds of books, from novels to biographies, from the classics to thrillers (anything, in fact, except...

Three weeks to go. And my fear of traveling is slowly growing.The big day is coming closer. All of a sudden, it's less than a month until we are supposed to leave our cozy home, the beloved couch, the possibility to binge on netflix, our garden, children-free kindergarten hours. I won't be able to take my favourite cereal or my espresso shots with me. I won't be able to just close my office door if family life goes crazy.Hope. Fear. Excitement. Doubts. An overwhelming "To Do" list. Packing lists. Knowing this would be the biggest...

A tour of the best temples of Thailand's capital was on our 5-day - itinerary primarily for us parents. Since we didn't know if or when we would be able to come back to the city, we did not want to miss out. So we decided to go on a one-day tour and visit two or three of the main Bangkok temples. The kids were already well adapted to Thailand's climate, the streets and hospitality (in this case meaning that everyone always wants to make contact with them), thanks to our holiday on stunning Koh...

You’ve settled on the idea, chosen the destination, and summoned the courage (and funds) to do it. Great! You’re ready for your big trip abroad! Oh, but wait. You’ve got small kids. How are they going to feel about leaving everything they know behind?Traveling as a family has plenty of advantages (read my reasons why if you’re still stuck on that point). But if you really want to enjoy both the build-up and the trip itself, the trick is to prepare your children for what’s to come - and that’s where we can help. Through both trial and...

Have you done the planning for your next trip? Are you actually ready for take-off and keen on leaving behind the daily routine? Do you picture yourself enjoying that first morning coffee outside on a beautiful patio with stunning views, maybe across rice patties?But instead of anticipation, all you feel is despair? You're sitting on the floor in the bedroom, clothes and other items gathered around you, and you just don't know where to start? The kids are climbing in and out of the suitcase, rearranging everything you have just rolled up into tiny pieces?...

Traveling has so many benefits for adults, and a lot of them apply to children, too. Sure, the prospect of traveling with kids might not hold the same appeal as roaming around South East Asia with nothing but your backpack to slow you down or renting a cottage in the countryside with friends for the weekend. And it might not seem as possible either. But as we’ve discovered, there are some very convincing answers to the question ‘Why travel with young kids?’. And with that motivation, anything is possible. Why travel with kids? Skip ahead to...

Travel expectations? Well, when somebody asks me how I like Australia and New Zealand, it’s not so easy to give a good and complete answer. An answer that considers all the beautiful places these "islands" have to offer. The unique flora and fauna, the colors, the friendliness of its people.But also the disappointment we were left with again and again when we realized that the once-in-a-lifetime - experience, which was described in the most colorful words in travel guides, blogs, reports from friends - was nothing more (and nothing less) than "ok". Of course, that's...

Are you wondering what kinds of travel toys for kids you will need to keep them entertained on your next trip? What the really necessary items are? Or have you maybe decided not to take any toys and now want to find out if that by any chance is a realistic approach?When we started our journey, we were to become the biggest adventurers and explorers of all time. According to Julian. All he needed to achieve this goal was his Lego and Playmobil armada. To moreover catch bandits, whalers and other dreadful villains he understandably would...

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