Allison Umbricht loves to travel. She has visited more than 15 countries and has made it her career to help others through her travel agency, Trips of a Lifetime. But as the mother of three kids, all under 8, she knows that hopping on a plane can be a hassle for parents.
"Anytime I talk to some of my mom friends about traveling, some people would dread it," Allison says. "I hated to hear that, because I think traveling with your kids can be the best thing you can do for them."
To help other moms, Allison put out a book called "The Mom's Guide to Traveling with Kids." It collects tips for eliminating the hassles of vacationing. Some are her tricks gathered from years of shuttling her kids from her old home in California to visit family on the East Coast. She also interviewed other experienced mothers.
She tells parents with young kids to order some supplies in advance and have them delivered to your hotel. Items such as diapers and snacks can take up luggage space, and it can be easier to have them waiting for you.
Once you arrive, Allison suggests making sure you have separate space. Some hotels offer discounts on second rooms for families. But if you can't afford two rooms, one with a balcony or divided space is helpful if your sleep schedules are different.
"If they go to sleep at 7 o'clock, you don't want to be stuck reading by flashlight," Allison says.
Allison put out her advice in bullet-pointed tidbits, so moms don't have to add "reading a how-to book" to their vacation to-do list.
"It's designed for busy moms, who don't have a lot of time, but want to travel with their kids," Allison says. "[They can] flip through and get some easy tips."
Do you have any travel trips to offer to other families? Is it a hassle to travel with young children or is it a bonding family experience? Comment below and start the conversation.
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