We took all 3 kids to Czech for a couple weeks this summer. The trip overall was definitely fun. Traveling with kids though is hard and not at all relaxing. Things I learned:
Make a plan. Have places and things that you want to see and do, map it out, and stick to the plan. Trying to be spontaneous with little kids is not a good look. Trying to be spontaneous with little kids is not a good look. For suggested itineraries, I highly recommend downloading the Taste of Prague Foodie Map (~$10 USD). The Foodie Map is full of tips and suggested neighborhood walks. One of our trip highlights was following the “Lesser Town to Castle and Back” neighborhood walk.
Prioritize. I went so far as to asterisk some spots as a “must” to make sure we got to them, and anything else we got to on the list was bonus. For planning and prioritizing I create a shared note via Notes on my iPhone and tag in the hubs and other party planners. Still there were some things from my Czech trip list that I’m bummed I didn’t get to…
Location, location, location. Even though we have family in Czech and a free place to stay, for part of the trip I chose to rent an apartment in a neighborhood that I wanted to explore. Being in a rental apartment where there are no sentimental valuables to lose or family china to break made that part of the trip much less stressful! Not to mention the cute park and cafes just steps from our door. I booked with Downtown Suites Prague and would recommend.
Take pictures, in moderation. Traveling with kids will at (many) times be hectic and stressful. At night, after the kids are in bed, I like to look back at the pics from the day and re-live the perfect moments. I also feel it’s important to put your phone/camera away and be present, so I try to capture the moment and not get too hung up on getting the perfect photo.
Pro tip: If using an iPhone, take pics in “live” mode and they’ll easily combine into reels! I recently learned to make “reels” and I managed to condense our nearly two week trip into four 90 second reels that I will never tire of watching.
Happy summer travels!