I have been asked lots and lots of times by those of you following me on Instagram, “How was your trip to Italy?” Shortly followed by, “You are so BRAVE!”
Honestly it didn’t feel brave at first it felt mostly stupid and somewhat irresponsible. I mean who takes 3 little kids OVERSEAS? Who does this when they have NEVER planned a vacation, never been anywhere with out a local or someone else who knows that they are doing? This girl, I guess. Well, when tickets have been paid for you put on your big girl panties and say, “Let’s do this!”
We had such a FANTASTIC time. I actually feel like that is an understatement. We didn’t want to leave, we loved walking around the city. I can’t say that I know exactly how we accomplished this but we did. I didn’t even get that need to leave my family and head to Tuscany by myself not once, how is that even possible?
I feel like our photos will tell the story much better than I ever could so I’ll be adding some photos below and I’ll also attach a link to our whole album.
You can view all my photos here.
If I really think hard about the different things that made this trip successful they would be:
- We packed light. One large bag and one carry one. We each had a backpack with a few personal items, water bottle, snacks and headphones.
- DO NOT book an over night flight with small children if possible. They don’t sleep. If someone says their child slept it’s a lie.
- Hire a service to get you to and from the airport.
- We hired someone to show us around. With three little kids YOU DON’T WANT TO BE LOST. It would just end with a tired frustrated family. Plus in a place with so much history there is no way you can “see” it all by yourself.
- We only made plans for 2-3 hours in the morning with two days on and one rest day. So for example we had a tour day, our family photos and then nothing the next day.
- Pay the extra to stay with in walking distance. It was so nice to know that we didn’t have to be worried about hopping on a train and leaving a kid on the wrong side. Like you on the train and them on the platform. Is it just me who worries about things like that?
- Do not think about all the things that you need to do when you get home. It’ll all be there when you get back.
- If you can afford it try to hire a photographer for an hour or two to get some photos of all of you together. You all know that I value photos, this is always an investment I am happy to make. My thought was how often are we going to be in Italy? I want BEAUTIFUL photos of ALL of us. Not selfies or chancing it with a stranger. Those photos can be found here by http://www.rosysite.it/
- Don’t let others tell you the kids are too young. They are young, who cares, You have the pretty photos to show them. Yes, it’s true they won’t remember much, but YOU will. You will remember all the gelato nights and you will remember their little faces in Italy. That’s what matters. You will have these precious memories of when your family was young and you bravely took them overseas.
- Eat lots of gelato and tiramisu and drink all the cappuccinos.
- I didn’t do this but it would have been smart. Pack a VOMIT preparedness bag for EVERY person you are traveling with. It is a very unfortunate time to realize that planes have NOTHING if your child throws up, when they are covered in vomit.
We stayed the whole 10 days in Rome and there was PLENTY to see. This was easier and cheaper for us than to travel to another city. It would have been more feasible if I had planned it before had but I didn’t. We hired a tour company that is geared for children (click here for link) that also provided airport transportation. We hired a local photographer (see above for that album) for two hours so I didn’t feel sad or stress about not being in photos. We did also hire a babysitter for two nights so we could have two date nights while we were there.
I did also take a solo trip out.
So that was our trip. I am already thinking about our next trip. I do feel like I can do ANYTHING now. So if you have been debating taking a trip with your family DO IT! Life is short. I recently was listening to a podcast and she said, “Live your best life now.” That really made me think. Think about how Kyle and I are living right NOW. Not to get weird on you, but we are not promised tomorrow. What are you doing right now that you love? If you don’t love it why are you doing it? Maybe to get to do something you do love? Maybe you are just in a hard season? For about 7 ish months now I have just been on this incredible journey about living more simply and living it well. Thank you all the podcast…
Ok enough on that. Hope this helps anyone thinking about planning a trip!
We also gave my oldest a camera and here is what she ended up with.
A few phone photos…