Hello and welcome to Small Travel Bugs. Here we share our experiences of travel with family-specific information, tips and tricks, and inspiration to help make your family dream adventure a reality.
Both keen travelers in our 20s, Damien and I assumed our adventuring days were behind us as we settled into our careers and later, with the addition of our daughter Meg, family life.
The opportunity to spend a month in India in 2013 showed us a new way of traveling – as a family. Granted it was no longer as simple as landing in a new place with a pack on our backs and a copy of Lonely Planet tucked under our arms, but with a little more planning and at a slower pace, we found traveling as a family even more fulfilling.
Children and family are the common (and respected) denominator the world over and, traveling as a family, we find the hustlers and scammers we sometimes experienced as back-packers melt away opening doors to new and more authentic interactions with the people around us.
Seeing the world through the eyes of your children as they explore culture, language, religion, food and geography, opens your own eyes to the same and adds a new and fresh perspective.
Researching our first trip to India, we found very little information about family travel on the subcontinent. It made us nervous – how would our, then 4 year old, daughter cope with the crowds? How would we travel from place to place safely? What would our fussy pre-schooler eat? Being very shy, would she be overwhelmed by attention she may attract? What if she got sick? What if we all got sick?!
In the end, we planned as much as we could and – just went. And it was amazing. We loved it. India was so good to us and we came back wanting to tell everyone – go to India, take your children! It will be fantastic. Because it really was.
And so, Small Travel Bugs was born. Here we share our experiences of travel with family-specific information, tips and tricks and inspiration to help make your family dream adventure a reality.