Traveling with four children (and a fifth due soon) equals better, more memorable experiences, says Courtney Adamo, co-founder of shopping portal Babyccino and a prolific Instagrammer. She and her husband, Michael, left city life in London and traveled the world with their family for a year, homeschooling on the road. One stop was the small town of Byron Bay, Australia, where, smitten with its natural beauty and creative community, they decided to permanently move.
After traveling the world with kids, here are some of Adamo’s favorite destinations and travel tips.
On Her Radar
Trancoso, Brazil: “Of all the places we visited this past year, Trancoso was the most magical. This pretty beach town has it all – beautiful beaches, great food, stylish shops and a welcoming community of locals who inspired us to slow down and live in the moment. We loved how diverse, vibrant, and vivacious Brazilians are and we were totally energized by their spirit.
Jose Ignacio, Uruguay (well, Uruguay in general!): Jose Ignacio is a small fishing village in Uruguay that springs to life each summer, attracting an interesting set of international travelers and friendly Uruguayans. We loved Uruguay’s family-friendly culture, European sensibilities, and unspoilt nature.
STAY: Estancia Vik, a 12-suite Spanish colonial ranch situated on pristine farmland close to the beach, was crafted by Uruguayan architects and artists. “Uruguay is low-key and chic,” says Richmond, Virginia-based advisor Caroline Wallace. “Visit between November and March, and don’t miss two of my favorite restaurants – La Huella in Jose Ignacio and La Susana at Bahia Vik.”
Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka: The most laid-back surf town with good vibes, good waves, friendly locals, and amazing access to the beautiful jungle beyond it. We loved that we could spend the morning in the waves and the afternoon observing elephants and crocodiles in their natural habitat! And Sri Lankan food—well, it was our favorite cuisine of the year. Curry for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — yes please!
Raglan, New Zealand: Shoes are optional in this friendly surf town on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Raglan attracts a young and international mix of travelers determined to relax and enjoy New Zealand’s natural beauty. Good waves and great coffee abound here too!”
Traveling the World with Kids
“Some people feel that having children means putting travel dreams on hold until the kids are older. I know Michael had this worry when we first got together. He’s equally in love with travel and was really enjoying our adventures together as a couple. I have always felt differently.
Now, having been traveling with kids for over 11 years, we can’t imagine going anywhere without them. It’s so exciting to see the world through their eyes and to share new experiences together. Our connection to these experiences, the people, and the places is multiplied by having our children with us.
When I think about this past year – surfing in Chile, exploring temples in Kyoto – I’d say that traveling with children makes it easier to connect to new places and make new friends. Our children see there are many recipes for a ‘successful’ life.”
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