‘ She is absolutely crazy ‘ was just about everyone’s reaction when we told them of Sofia, a Russian lady we met in Phnom Penh the afternoon before she started couch surfing with her 4 year old son. We thought it was an inspiring story of what is possible (with kids) but we could also understand peoples concerns : Is it safe to couch surf with children ? is it wise to couch surf with, or without, kids given some of the horror stories one hears ? We decided to speak to some seasoned ‘family’ couchsurfers to get the low down on their experiences…. and to see if it would be a fit for us.
Experiences in Travelling with children
a few short ,minutes before the wave stuck we were asked did we have any bad experiences in the last 6 months of travel … nope - 6 months of extroadanary encounters and amazing adventures…. all very positive.... until that very eery night....
'We must be loaded to travel so much’ was what Sean Monkreif said on Newstalk national Irish radio as they discussed The Kid Trotter project. Whereas I listen to Sean quite a bit and know exactly his sense of humour and the manner in which he said it I take the opportunity to deal with the subject on the blog…. as we prepare to depart for a year of world family travel.
A few years ago when our daughter was 2 we began to discuss returning to our old 'traveller ways'. We of course suffered from withdrawal symptoms for her first two years as we opted to stay local (enough) and yearned to get moving and discover foreign lands again. One of our wants was also to initiate The Kid Trotter into such a lifestyle. As we planned our first long haul trip, I can remember vividly a comment from an older lady which went a little like this : “There is no point in going traveling with a child so young, she will not even remember it ”
Amazement was the reaction in our entourage when we announced we were going (and bringing our 5 year old ) to Vietnam. I’m not too sure where this reaction came from, perhaps becuase it is so far from home, perhaps it is perceived as a dirty 3rd world country, perhaps it is considered a reserved destination for young adventurous backpackers, or perhaps its just too different to the European family norm. All I can say is it was a truly memorable trip for our family and highly recommended
To avoid the fatigue and crankiness on long days out sightseeing there should be one rule of thumb… scooter ! In Vietnam, the kick scooter is not really used and it is therefore a novelty and is tolerated just about everywhere. Hence despite very long days out & about, and in very warm temperatures we had a great time….
Traveling with Kids, is something either you do and are passionate about or stray away from because it is just too overwhelming and complicated. We decided to launch a video travel series dedicated to kids, families and passionate travellers...The aim is simple, to show people what a rich experience it can be for children but also for families, to go and discover other cultures, languages, people, foods and countrysides.
Hanoi was a great introduction to Vietnam for us and for our ‘kid'. It is a little chaotic by european standards but its not the big hustle and bustle of a city the Ho Chi Minh is (the latter can be a little overwhelming and mesmerising) but it was the perfect stepping stone into this new land - controlled chaos as i like to say. Little did we know that this seemly chaotic country was going to provide an amazing family travel experience.