We all came back
BTW we did pack disposable cameras for the kids but those didn't end up getting used as planned. The kids kept misplacing them and my husband, a professional visual arts guy, kept being a stick in the mud about them taking technically 'good' photos vs whatever they wanted whenever they wanted. Don't let your photo snob get in the way of your kids' picture-taking fun.
We are the “crazy strict sleep” people too (well, I am, and my husband knows better than to try to dissuade me) and I don’t give a rat’s ass what people have to say about it. *MY* life is better when my kid isn’t hanging off the chandelier out of a cocktail of delirium and adrenaline. I’m glad you stuck to your guns!
I’m glad that the trip went well and even better that your were able to get some relaxation post-trip too.
The best travel with kids advice I have is to plan one thing per day, build in afternoon nap/stare at screens time, and make reservations (or at least plans) on where you'll eat at least 2 meals. I refuse to play the 'I don't know, where do you want to eat??' game in a foreign country with hungry kids in tow.
This was so fun and satisfying to read!! Also team go to bed early. And trying new snack foods and pops absolutely counts as an adventurous kid eating win.
Love everything about this! I'm also a sleep dictator. When it comes to under-planning, my personal version is to plan with baked in flexibility / spontaneity. Even if it means eating the cost of a museum ticket or something. I go into like a freeze state looking at a stretch of day without any sense of where we could go / what we could do. But if there's the general idea of a ticket to something or a lunch/dinner reservation it makes me feel prepared without being beholden to that thing. If anyone else is like me and can't not plan!
Future tip: Bring me along as your Spanish assistant/interpreter 😎😎😎😎 Also, the groom’s brother’s comment is oh so odd. At least in Peru, we know/assume that most Americans are not used to the all-night ragers that are Latin American weddings and are not surprised when the American guests leave early lol
Yay! I am so glad to hear you survived and had fun! Also there is nothing better than making someone laugh because you have successfully made a joke in another language. 👏
You did great! Love all the advice and also admire the bravery. Now make sure you re-apply for new passports for them, with BOTH PARENTS PRESENT (what has been keeping us from getting our kids theirs), in a few years so that you can go on more adventures!
I'm so glad your trip went well, and I will absolutely be using this newsletter as a guide when I go on my own trip to Colombia with an almost-four-year-old next summer. Thank you in advance for this gift!!
Wow what an adventure! Several friends have visit Columbia recently and loved it. I'm glad to see it's back on the safe travel list. We're heading to Tahiti (all the islands) on Thursday so I'll check out the Mobile Passport and other apps you suggested. Too late to "UNDER plan" as my hubby over plans everything. One thing we try to do is pack light enough for carry on bags. But because we have scuba gear, we'll still have to check bags. Great post!
Poo Pourri is a fixture in my travel dopp kit! It's a family travel essential. 😉 Such great tips - bookmarking this one for future family trips.
same with being sleep-schedule people! what an incredible round-up of good advice. saving to revisit this the next time we leave the country
Great tips!! Saving this one!!!!
You might want to check La Unica on Devon for those snacks.
When we took our four kids to Colombia a decade ago, we were in Santa Marta for a few days as well! Loved hearing about your experience there. And holy crap, you’re not kidding about those late night parties. We were sadly surprised when it turned out that our rooms in our hotel in Bogota were a few floors above a nightclub and the partying was SO LOUD and went on SO LATE. Makes for a funny story now though.
Sounds like a great trip! So glad it went smoothly