emily_hat_color

Sharing the adventure of living abroad with our two young children.

traveling with kids under five in Atenas, Costa Rica

Do you want to travel the world, but have young children?  Take them along!  If you have a spouse or well-meaning family member that thinks traveling with kids under five is a bad idea, you have my permission to use the following six arguments to gain your point.  Good luck. 1.  Young children don’t have a choice in the location, and they don’t really care.   Prepare them with the promise of a beach, pool, new friends, or surprise eggs…

Toddler girl's eyes

Many times, I’ve shared my adoration for the country that bewitched us from the start.  But, I’ve yet to display with detail either of my children’s perspectives.  As my daughter is still working on her bi-lingual speaking skills, she isn’t quite ready to articulate her thoughts, but we can get a glimpse of what it’s like to be one with Costa Rica, through her quietly observant eyes. Petra did some amazing things in the last year. She joined me in…

Baby on beach of the Osa Penninsula in Costa Rica.

Are you thinking about traveling to Costa Rica with children, but you’re concerned it might be too scary for them?  Well, my kids have shown me how fearless an under-five year old can be while staring into the mouth of crocodile, during a monsoon, in a river swarming with Dengue-infected mosquitos.  Alright, perhaps it hasn’t gotten quite that bad, but everyday life in Costa Rica has presented them with a few could-be qualms.  And I am happy to report that…

Spirit Airlines message

Because if you haven’t already, one day you’ll consider booking a ticket with Spirit Airlines.  And I love you too much to let you. #1 Be Good to Your Neighbor -Spirit’s flights are always full or even over-booked, which means you’ll have to get cozy with others.   The seats don’t go back, so in order to avoid a sore neck on an overnight flight, you might have leave a little drool on your neighbor’s shoulder.   However, warm them…

Mom holding kids at airport.

Flying alone with both of my children might not have been the wisest choice I ever made, but I did it.  I traveled over three planes and almost twenty hours with a toddler and sleep-deprived preschooler.  There were moments of shear madness, like when I had only ten minutes to make a connection.  Within this ten-minute blur, I had to pass through customs, immigration, collect and re-check a suitcase… while carrying both kids.  Sadly, I didn’t make the connection, but…

1 2 3 29