So, yes, I am back in the land of the “writing living” after a long break to ramp up my Estate Planning law firm and to devote more time to my littles.
It’s good to be back.
If you missed my last post on 8/16, it was Tip #6 in my series, Kids are Portable: The bathroom improv game. Today’s post is tip #7 in this series. Then stay tuned for my following three posts:
Thursday, 9/8: Peru – A high elevation vacation
Monday, 9/19: A short story
Friday, 9/30: Tip #8 in my series, Kids are Portable
Kids are portable, Part VIII
Welcome to my series on the “how tos” of international travel with little kids. My first seven posts discussed the following tips:
Tip #1: Bring along little bits of home for the kids
Tip #2: Anticipate that some things will go wrong, but most things will go right
Tip #3: Instead of having a “schedule,” have a “suggested itinerary for the day”
Tip #4: How to maintain your sanity abroad – childcare
Tip #5: Pack, then repack, then repack again, Parts I and II
Tip #6: The bathroom improv game
If you missed these posts, you can check them out here: Kids are portable, Kids are portable, Part II, Kids are portable, Part III, Kids are portable, Part IV, Kids are portable, Part V, Kids are portable, Part VI, Kids are portable, Part VII
Tip #7: Size matters when picking a place to stay
When we traveled internationally with only one little, the size of our accommodation didn’t matter much as we could squeeze our infant son into tiny places (even closets!). But once our family grew to two littles, we had to pay attention to details when selecting places.
On our five-week Asia trip last year, we used Hotels.com to make most of our reservations because the rates are reasonable, they include a lot of photos, and they generally provide room size information. We realized the dimension of the room is important when you only want one bed, but need to create sleeping space for two littles.We also realized it was worth spending $10 to $20 more per night than we would have spent with only one child because that slight price increase opens up a number of additional options when you’re traveling in many developing countries.
However, even if you are willing to pay a bit more for additional space, sometimes you won’t have many options. We didn’t have many choices within our budget when we spent the night at the Kavin Buri Green Hotel in Udon Thani, Thailand before crossing into Laos the next day. We had just enough room to walk around the one bed, and yet we had to find floor space for both kids, the stroller, and all of our luggage. Yikes! That was a cramped, crazy night, but we survived and now have a story to tell about it.
In other locations we had more space than we needed, like at the Avilla Phasouk Hotel in Vientiane, Laos. I believe our room was a former apartment, so we were able to create the kids’ bed space quite a distance away from our bed, which helped with putting them to bed since they went to sleep two to three hours before us.
And then there are times you decide to sacrifice some space for a memorable experience, like when we stayed at the Vieng Tara Villa in Vang Vieng, Laos. We had our own hut that was perched on stilts and surrounded by rice fields and mountains. It was breath taking and peaceful, despite the off the charts humidity.
So size does make a difference when you’re sharing one room with multiple littles when traveling abroad. Make sure you research if sufficiently so you’re not unpleasantly surprised by cramped quarters.
Any good stories to share about small accommodations when traveling abroad with littles?