We’ve been asked many times how we could possibly take a 5-year-old child to Europe. How did we manage to spend several days in Paris with a picky eater, visit the city’s amazing restaurants and walk the halls of its majestic art museums, all with a — CHILD. Pretty easy, actually. This week’s Friday Travel Inspiration is meant to encourage you to visit Europe with children.
I celebrated turning 37 on Jan. 8 with a listing of 13 of my 37 life travel moments. If you read the first post, you were introduced to the baby road tripper, the kid in knee-high socks at South Beach, the college kid falling in love with Bourbon Street, and the shame of eating at Hard Rock Cafe in Paris. Now that you enjoyed the appetizer, it’s time for the main course. In no particular order, here are Nos. 14-26 of my life travel moments, where together we discover love, laughter, parenthood and what the pee hat is all about.
If you’re considering a visit to England for the first time, chances are you’re only thinking about London. As much as I love the capital city, for my money, I’m going out to some of the “other” British cities. And I’m not talking small villages, even though some of my favorite places on Earth are English villages. I have lots of favorites, but if you’re thinking about a first-time visit to the United Kingdom, here are my favorite four non-London England cities to visit. When we visit the U.K. we’ve always had a car, but all of these cities are accessible via train and motorcoach.
When we took our then-5-year-old son to Europe, some people wondered how we’d be able to enjoy all the sites, great food and culture of Paris, Scotland and England. After all, traveling to Europe with kids can provide unique challenges. It wasn’t always easy, but with five must-have items, we were able to not only survive Europe with our son but greatly enjoy it. These five items will help other parents enjoy Europe with kids.
Not all travel has to be fantastic. Yes, you read that right. But before you accuse me of sending mixed messages about how I feel about travel, let me explain what I feel fantastic travel is.