A Traveling guide of a Mother of 6. A Guest Post on the blog this week

I know the first thing most people think is “Wow, do you really travel with that many children?” And if you have over 3 children I’m sure you’ve heard ” You sure do have your hands full.” Tell me you haven’t heard that a million times over. So, the answer is yes, I travel with all those kids and I always have a system for traveling with my children or attending events with them without  being overwhelmed or having my “hands too full.” Just because I have more then one doesn’t mean I have to leave them at home. Plus, even if I wanted to, I couldn’t. Lol!

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My husband works a lot and sometimes has to travel for his job. Which means that most of the time it’s just me and the kids. I choose events close to home. This let’s me travel light. The bare necessities. A stroller, diaper bag which doubles as a purse, a blanket, my Nikon depending on event and an infant carrier, which straps to my body.

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We love open grassy fields and live bands. The more space the better. Easy for us to put down our blanket and eat yummy food while listening to awesome music. The kids can run and play without worry of disturbing others. And as a parent I’m at ease because it’s not overcrowded. So, we choose festivals over the fair or something similar to the fair. Festivals allow us to enjoy the fair qualities without the fair crowd.

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Although we love to go to festivals we equally love to travel. Nothing beats an awesome road trip! We love loading up the SUV with activities, movies, mermaid blankets and we can’t forget the memory foam neck rests for a comfy nap along the way. If we’re road trippin it, we’ll definitely be home late. This is actually an awesome time to travel. There’s no traffic and the kids are fast asleep. So turn up that radio to your favorite song. Or enjoy the silence and the view.

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The key to a successful road trip when you have a lot of little one’s is to leave early  and come back late. They’ll be sleepy and fall asleep as soon as you hit the road. Trust me, it’s GLORIOUS! Lol!

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When we get to where we’re going I make sure to drive as close as possible. If we can see it along the way even better. Like our trip to the Hoover Damn. We drove through the whole damn. Got off and walked a short ways to view it without being in a moving vehicle. Grand Canyon is another national monument you can enjoy just a few feet away from your vehicle. And then you have the option to take the kids walking or just enjoy the view from where you are. Maybe even have a picnic.

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I know your thinking I probably would steer clear of an amusement park. Especially because i mentioned how awesome it is not to be in a crowd. But we love a good amusement park just like everyone else. That trip would obviously include the whole family. And maybe even grandma, grandpa or the kids favorite aunt and uncle. The more adults the better. You can even assign children to adults. I’d leave as much as possible at home. You don’t want to be lugging around all kinds of stuff for hours and hours. And when the smaller one’s get tired walking the park has plenty of strollers you can rent. So there you have it, even if you have 5 kids you can enjoy a beautiful family trip. After all, life is one big adventure!

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