Category Travel with Kids

Why You Should Adventure Travel with Your Kids

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So you have a toddler – perhaps still in diapers – and you are thinking about adventure traveling with him or her. Your first worries are the practical ones: what if they get sick? How can I make sure they get the medical care they need? But once you finally get past that stage and you believe that you as parents can keep your children safe, next comes the biggest adventure killer of all – and we hear it over and over. You’re wasting time and money and your toddlers (our children are 2 and 4) will not remember a thing they’ve seen or experienced, and we should saved the adventures for when they are old enough to remember it.

Well, we believe otherwise, and here are the main reasons why we like to take our toddlers with us on our adventures.

Check out our video of our kids hiking through ...

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Huatulco: A Secret Special Beach You Never Knew Existed in Mexico

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We finally found our paradise in the sun!

After being on the road with our two toddlers for almost a year from Argentina to the US, passing into Mexico was like entering the home stretch. From Guatemala we had the choice to take the Panamerican Highway through Chiapas – and more direct route to Mexico City – which is one stop we definitely wanted to make to visit some good friends of ours. The other option was to take highway 200 along the Pacific coast. As always, we asked as many locals as we could about the routes – conditions, safety, etc. From what we were told, the Panamerica Highway is the most traveled route to get to Mexico City from Guatemala, and Highway 200 along the coast through Chiapas and Oaxaca would be a good an safe route, though less traveled...

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Cahuita, Costa Rica: A Great Place to be a Sloth

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After a month in Panama, we were excited to get to Costa Rica, the land of plentiful wildlife, tropical fruits, beautiful beaches, and “pure vida” or “pure life” – which from what I can tell is the Costa Rican equivalent of “Aloha.” A couple from Spain with a little girl Coco’s age that we had met in Bocas del Toro recommended we check out Cahuita – just an hour over the border – as it was beautiful and quiet; great for families. Someone else later told us it might be “too quiet” and we should stay in Puerto Viejo instead. So we decided to have lunch in Puerto Viejo after crossing the border to feel it out, then head to Cahuita.

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So nice that they wash your car before crossing the border!

Crossing the Border

Much to my dismay, our first impression of Costa Rica left us feeling very negativ...

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Seven Reasons Why Colombia Should be Your Next Family Vacation Destination

7 reasons why colombia should be your next family vacation destination

Fulfilling a crazy dream we’ve had since we were first married, my husband and I – and our two little ones – have taken a year off to drive the Americas from Argentina to the US, and we recently spent a month exploring Colombia. This was one of the countries that we had the most fear about visiting, as we were nervous about driving through areas under control of armed rebel groups. These fears quickly faded away as we found the country – from it’s landscapes to it’s people – to be warm and inviting, and a great place to visit with our young children. In fact, I’d recommend Colombia as a great vacation option for families looking for a new place to travel. What makes Colombia such a great option for families?  

1. Colombians Love Kids: In our travels through Colombia with our two toddle...

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Ayangue beach: A hidden gem on the Ecuatorian coast

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Our first destination once we crossed into Ecuador from Peru on our overland adventure from Argentina to Montana was the tiny beach town of Ayangue. This quaint fishing village, nestled within the protective cliffs of a small bay, is a haven for local families from Guayaquil and other points in southern Equador. A good friend of ours from Quito, who I met in Ashland, Oregon over 12 years ago while attending Southern Oregon University, recommended the place as a great beach for families, and he was right.

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You couldn’t ask for a more peaceful to place to unwind on the beach and let the kids run amok than Ayangue...

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Machu Picchu with Kids

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Exploring Machu Picchu with Kids

The ancient city in the clouds has held a mystical fascination in my mind ever since I began to dream of travelling. It’s no wonder this place, voted one of the Seven Wonders of the World, has become a sort of mecca of the West, drawing adventurers from across the globe. Machu Picchu has been at the top of my list of places I want to visit, but after my two children were born, I wasn’t sure making the trek would be feasible, so I wrote it off as another “someday.” But since starting our South-to-North America overland adventure, I have begun to rethink what is possible with children. After trekking the Valley of the Moon in Bolivia, I knew no excuse could hold our family back from experiencing Machu Picchu!

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