Family Traveler Spotlight is the section of our publication where we profile families who love taking their children along on their travel adventures. In this edition, we meet Christine Knight of Adventure, Baby! She shares with us why Rosewood Mayakoba in Mexico in an amazing family resort, why traveling with wet wipes is a must, and how to create a fool-proof itinerary for your next family vacation.
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Tell us about your family.
We have a pretty small family – just myself, my husband, Alec, and our daughter, who is 5.
Where do you live when you’re not traveling?
Our home is in sunny Sydney, Australia. We love living in Sydney – the beaches, the weather and the food are all incredible.
What type of work do you and your partner do?
I’m a writer and digital media specialist, and my husband is a computer programmer who works remotely. I guess you could say we are accidental digital nomads.
Tell us about Adventure, Baby!
I write about our adventures and how I combine life as a freelance writer and mum at Adventure, Baby! We have lived as a family in both New York, where my daughter was born, and Sydney, where my husband and I are from. I think of the site as accessible, with lots of local and free things to do for kids in both cities we have lived, and also aspirational, as we take on more unusual paths such as our recent Florida Keys road trip.
Why do you believe in traveling the world with your children?
My parents took me traveling around the world when I was 9 and it changed my life. Experiencing different cultures first hand, learning about history in the places they occurred – is there any better way to learn? When my daughter came along, we decided to keep traveling as we always had – but catered to her needs and interests, of course. My daughter is so excited about seeing the world – we talk about all the places we can’t wait to see together and mark them on a giant map on her wall. Travel is not only educational for kids, it also open their minds to endless possibilities for ways to spend their own lives. It’s also my favorite way for us to spend time together, bonding as a family and creating precious memories.
Luxury means different things to different people. How do you define luxury when it comes to traveling with your family?
Luxury to me means the chance to unwind and relax in surrounds that are peaceful and pleasant, and all your needs are catered for. With a child, this means the staff being attentive to details such as putting milk and fresh fruit in our room daily for our daughter. I enjoy not having to worry about the daily details when we are on holidays – this is the very definition of luxury to me!
What’s the best travel experience your family has ever had?
We recently stayed at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, and it was the best fun we’ve had as a family. The resort catered brilliantly to us all, and none of us wanted to leave. My daughter asks if we can go back almost every day.
What’s your favorite family-friendly luxury hotel?
The Rosewood Mayakoba in Mexico. It’s just divine – catering to adults who want to be pampered and indulging their offspring at the same time. The pools, the beach, the food – all just bliss.
What three items do you never travel without?
Wet wipes, children’s painkillers and phone chargers. Everything else is always readily bought in most destinations. There is nothing worse than not being able to take care of a sick kid and clean up their unexpected mess, or being out of battery on your phone when you’re lost in a new city. Prepare for the worst cast scenario and hopefully it will never happen!
What’s your favorite online travel resource?
I read a lot of blogs. y Travel and Travel Babbo are my favorites. I also love a lot of local Sydney blogs, such as Girl Tweets World, Escape With Kids, Kid Bucket List and Have Wheelchair Will Travel. Even though none of us are in a wheelchair, that site has a lot of great info on places that are useful for anyone who enjoys travel.
What’s the worst mistake you see other parents making when traveling?
Doing too much. Little kids have basic needs – run around, play, eat and sleep. They don’t care about historical landmarks or trying new cuisines. It’s a much more enjoyable trip for everyone if the itinerary is catered to the youngest member’s enjoyment, even if this means leaving out the big overseas trips until they are old enough to appreciate what they’re seeing.
What’s on your travel bucket list?
Petra, Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Zanzibar, Mauritius, an African safari, the Maldives, Bora Bora, the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica and a European road trip. There’s never enough time to see it all.
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