"We are just your average family but with one particular passion: travel."
@WITHKIDSONTHEROAD are an adventure-loving family from Belgium. Katrien travels all around the world with her husband Ludovic and their two children, Bas and Elodie. Today they share with Melijoe their must-see spots in Mexico, tips and tricks for travelling with little ones and their favorite summer picks from Melijoe...
We are just your average family but with one particular passion: travel. We always traveled a lot before we had kids and we just continued our way of life once Bas and Elodie were born. We never thought about traveling less because exploring the world is our way of life !
We started our blog because many of our friends and family had questions about traveling with kids and were worried that it wouldn’t be fun or relaxing. We wanted to prove them wrong by showing our adventures on social media. How important is travel in your family's life? What does it represent to you?
For us, traveling with the kids is one of our main #parentinggoals. We take them everywhere and anywhere to show them that the world can be their playground. We take them to cultural sites, just like we take them to luxury hotels. Not because we want them to become historical geniuses, but because we want to show them what the world has to offer!
It’s important to us to show our kids many cultures and for them to understand that people on the other side of the world might look very different and might live in a totally different way but that their lives are just as important, and fascinating as ours. By taking them to the other side of the world, we want to encourage them to explore more than what they know and to push the boundaries of their young lives.
Tell us a bit about your favourite trips and destinations: where is your favourite destination? Your favourite spot? Why?
We just got back from a trip to Mexico and we more than loved it! It’s an incredible country that –in our opinion- has everything we look for. Great cultural sites such as Chichen Itza or Coba, breathtaking nature with bounty beaches and turquoise sea on one side and the evergreen jungle on the other side. That, plus the great food (guacamole
all day!) makes it the ideal holiday destination for families.
What are your essential items for a vacation?
As summer is our favourite time of year, we often choose sunny, tropical destinations. So swimwear is –of course- one of our main concerns. Melijoe has the best collection of swimwear where I always find something for the kids.
"For Elodie, I also love the pretty collection of summer dresses and –jumpsuits. It’s so practical on holidays because they are breezy and light and in one piece which gives her a lot of comfort. My favourites:"
Can you share some tips and tricks for travelling with kids?
The best way to travel with kids is to think about it as ‘no big deal’. The more relaxed the parents are, the more easy-going the kids will behave. When we plan a far away trip, we also always bring our own pillow to be comfortable in the plane. It gives you the opportunity to be comfortable in an airplane seat.
Another great tip is to get them their own backpack and you secretly fill it up with small presents that they can open during the flight. F.e. 1 present for every hour you have to be in the plane. It doesn’t have to be anything special. We usually add crayons, little books or travel games and they love it every single time. Presents + some small snacks for when they really start to be uncomfortable.