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 Charlotte Burgoyne of Little Voyageurs. She shares with us why it’s important to teach kids to adapt to different environments, why setting false expectations can kill a trip and why the ultimate luxury is childcare while traveling.
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Tell us about your family.
I have 2 daughters, Céleste 3 and Sanaa 9 months old.
Where do you live when you’re not traveling?
I live in Algiers, Algeria.
What type of work do you do?
I run Little Voyageurs, the travel reference for cool parents, with Marie-Pacifique Blanckaert (co-founder).
Tell us about Little Voyageurs.
It is the Travel Reference for Cool Parents who travel around the world with their kids and are constantly looking for new spots, wilderness trips, relevant info and exclusive tips. We created a unique concept: our Little Guides, a unique collection of parent and kid-friendly city guides written in collaboration with local, inspiring, and trendy moms; and especially designed for families… Where to walk during nap time? Where do go for a brunch or a snack with the kids? What should we do when it rains? We got parents covered in all situations.
Why do you believe in traveling the world with your children?
I believe it is very important to teach kids to adapt to different environments. They should be ok with sleeping in a different bed, eating new food, hearing another language, seeing different faces and clothes. I see traveling as the best and the only way to do that.
Luxury means different things to different people. How do you define luxury when it comes to traveling with your family?
Luxury when traveling with the kids is to have someone around (family or baby sitter) who can take care of the kids for mommy and daddy to get a chance to rest and enjoy a meal together – in other word for us to get a “real vacation” too!
What’s the best travel experience your family has ever had?
Exploring a local traditional market in Guatemala with my first daughter was quite special. It was the first time I was doing with her what I used to do on my own before having her. She loved it! She liked learning how to be carried the “local way” and was happy to be put on my back like a little monkey and it was wonderful to see her walk around the different market stands and play with the kids there.
What three items do you never travel without?
A baby carrier, a stroller, snacks.
What’s the worst mistake you see other parents making when traveling?
Setting false expectations. If you hope to be rested at the end of a family trip, you are going to be disappointed!
What’s on your travel bucket list?
Portugal, Mozambique and India.