We inherited the passion for travel from our families, and that is what we have in common since the beginning of our relationship. We are passionate about all types of travel, as we like to discover new places and always set new goals to reach. Together we have traveled by boat, slept in tents, hostels and shared passions from skiing to diving.
From the birth of our first-born Filippo, we promised to keep our common passion alive and have come to realise that our borders have expanded with him, our ideas are multiplied, and all of this has been translated into new experiences.
Then came Lumberjack, our golden retriever, and Eleonora, our baby girl, (who is only 5 months old), the challenge now is even more compelling.
WE ARE NOT A COUPLE OF TOURISTS, WE ARE A FAMILY OF “GLOBETROTTERS”!
Our philosophy prefers dynamic and itinerant journeys: amongst some of our most beautiful and memorable experiences on the road with the Family are: South Africa, Portugal, and Scotland, but also and above all, our beloved Italy.
The chosen destination for our first “new family’s trip” was in fact our country. After traveling 3500km and crossing 14 regions with Eleonora only 2 months old, we understood that:
“If family travel together, they stay together”
And now, with a touch of irony, we wish to share with you our 5 RULES, and we’ll see if you are ready to travel with your whole family!
1. BE READY FOR ANYTHING (…REALLY, ANYTHING!)
To leave for a journey implies being ready to face any kind of inconvenience. To travel with the family you have to be able to manage the most embarrassing and paradoxical situations in which the best weapon is self-irony.
You will find yourself having to change a diaper whilst a volcano is erupting (losing the highlight) or having to clean the poop off your baby in a nice restaurant because he just took off the diaper. Do not worry: everything is normal. We assure you that despite the initial embarrassment you will then laugh about it for years to come .
2. ADJUST THE RHYTHMS OF THE JOURNEY TO THE NEEDS OF THE KIDS
If you are used to travelling alone or with a partner in a disorganised way, to wake up late and to live the day trip, forget about it! Traveling with children (and dogs in our case) requires not only a preliminary organisation, but also an adjustment to their biological rhythms (meals and sleep). You will start benefiting if you are already careful organisers.
If the journey to be addressed is itinerant, for example, it is better to organise the trips when they have to sleep and schedule stops based on when they have to eat. All this is easier said then done!
We, lovers of itinerant journeys, suggest, if you have small children or infants, to take advantage of the early morning hours or the first hours after lunch (until they rest). If you have children a little older, children (who no longer nap) there are invented games and music to cheer the journey, but if you can, accustom them to even simply look around.
Even the journey is an integral part of the holiday and it is important that they learn to appreciate and share these moments when you are together and travel to new destinations. In any case, it is desirable to organise trips of 3-4 hours at most per day, and leave time to play.
3. RESTAURANTS AND HAPPY HOUR IS OK, BUT NOT TOO MUCH (YOU NEED SOME RENUNCIATION)
If you love the nightlife, you’d better satisfy your desire before having a family. If you are good, you can accustom your children from birth to behave well at the table, so you can enjoy a few evenings at the restaurant without having to give up the pleasure of a fancy dinner, but not exaggerated.
Know for sure that at a certain time your children will impose a curfew on you.
A dispassionate advice is not to always bring the children with you to restaurants / pizzerias with kid areas.Personally, we prefer to make them grow with the pleasure of being at the table with us. We love to try the local cuisine and attend local restaurants and our children (especially the oldest) knows how to have fun at the table because we try to make them participate with some games of fantasy or simply discovering the taste of new foods together.
4. “AD HOC” ITINERARIES TO SATISFY THE DESIRES OF EVERYONE
If you cannot renounce a visit to a museum, or an exhibition that you particularly care about, it is not strictly necessary to exclude your family by precluding them from seeing it. Even if certain places may seem purely reserved for adults, try taking children as they may surprise you!
With your help and a pinch of imagination, the children will be able to have fun even where you do not expect it. This summer, in August, we had a wonderful visit to the city of stones in Matera, and Filippo found a way to play and learn there too. The advice is to alternate visits to places of cultural interest to fun activities or even for them without making unnecessary prejudices.
5. THE FAMILY IS A STIMULUS, NOT A LIMIT
Make less problems and travel more.
Nobody is born knowing everything. Experience and acquisition of security comes with time, patience and … travelling.
Do not make comparisons with other families, but try to catch any positive stimulus, adapting it to the needs of YOUR FAMILY.
Do you feel able to satisfy all 5 points mentioned above?
Does it seem so difficult to tackle a family trip?
Certainly, traveling alone or in pairs is easier, but try to travel with your family and you will see that it is absolutely worth it!
Through the eyes of your children and following their rhythms, you will undoubtedly discover new horizons and new points of view that you did not even consider before.
We are aware that by choosing to travel together, we no longer have the same freedom as when we were only two, but we are also convinced that we have the privilege of being able to experience new adventures and unforgettable emotions. Altogether!
Alessandro & Chiara