Hi! We're the Rehbein family and we love to travel. If you've found our blog, maybe you are a travel lover, too, or maybe you have dreams of traveling, or maybe you didn't mean to be here at all - regardless of why you're here, though, we're happy to have you and hope you'll stay a while!
My first time really traveling abroad was for my honeymoon. I'd always had dreams of visiting Italy and going to the ruins of Pompeii and our honeymoon was the perfect time to do it. For that trip, we decided to go with a packaged tour, since we were newbies at the whole travel to Europe thing. The entire experience was magical, from beginning to end - our tour guide was fantastic, we got to meet the loveliest people and saw so many amazing sites. But, as we left each site we found ourselves wishing we'd had more time to explore and see things at our own pace. When we returned home, we decided that more travel would be in our future, but on our own terms. So, for the next several years, we explored Europe as often as we could.
In 2010, things changed for the better when we moved back to Vermont and our family of 2 became a family of 3. We wondered if we'd still be able to travel with a little one in tow. Could we afford it? Would we be able to do all the things we wanted to do with a kid in the mix? Well, shortly after little C was born, I had the itch to travel again, and decided we should give it a try. And, hey, we didn't have to buy her an airline ticket, she wasn't walking yet and did a lot of sleeping, so this should be easy! So, we hopped aboard our 17 hour flight (C's first!) from Burlington, Vermont to Nice, France with the highest of hopes.
Our first trip honestly exceeded our expectations. Yes, we moved a bit slower and no, we didn't get to see everything we wanted to, but we did see things through a different lens. We rode on C's first carousel, put our toes in very cold sea, strolled (literally, with our stroller) through little cobble-stoned street with no destination while the baby napped, and really just enjoyed being there. Oh, and we were already so sleep deprived as new parents that jet -lag was not even a concern! Yay for silver linings.
After this trip, we understood that not only was traveling with kids possible, it was also really fun. Don't get me wrong, you're still parenting when you travel, so it's not all rainbows and unicorns, but it is special, nonetheless. The memories we make on these trips are happy ones and ones we hope little C will hold on to forever. And we want you and your family to make these kinds of memories, too. So, this blog is going to be a space where I document our travels, and our travel dreams and wishes! I hope to be able to share with everyone who wants to travel with kids how we do it, what it costs, how we eat with dietary restrictions and how to plan a great trip for yourself. Leave me a comment below about your family travel experiences or what you'd like to know about traveling with kids!