I was very privileged to sit down for coffee with Anne and I say privileged because this phenomenal woman is busy busy. In addition to her many luxury travels, she is gearing up for a family trip to Australia’s Outback this summer. Did I mention she was also bold & courageous?
We brought our combined 3 children, an iPad, 2 iPods, a total of 4 cups of coffee, 2 cookies, 1 meltdown, and lots of love to our morning meeting where we had a wonderful and candid conversation about all things Hip, Traveling, and being Mamas.
Me: Where are some of your most notable recent travels?
Anne: We recently visited Hawaii and stayed at the amazing Honua
I'd also say anything Disney. They are magical. We took the children
Anne: Families are struggling today but we set a yearly budget for travel. It is major priority for my family and business. It is definitely where most of our money goes but to share the gift of travel with our family is one of the best gifts money cannot buy.
We also implement the envelope system while on vacation to keep track of our budget halfway through the trip. Food, gifts, and transportation are examples of our categories. This way we know how much we have left to spend or accept the realization that we are going to blow the budget this time around. Which we have done before. These are once in a lifetime family trips and it’s okay to splurge every once in a while. It keeps us working hard for the next trip!
Anne: We usually ship any items that we buy. These days they charge per bag when traveling and with a kids in tow this is an expense we have to factor into the budget. Shipping it back is cheaper than traveling with it especially for larger items.
Tip: I also pack shopping bags within our suitcases to use as carry-ons on our return flight. *They allow 2 per passenger and this works out well while traveling with the family. We are also able to keep an eye on our the
Me: You will be venturing on your biggest adventure yet this Summer-Australia! The flight is going to be quite arduous. What will be in your kid travel arsenal this time around?
Anne: This past year we purchased an IPad and this amazing device will come in handy when traveling with children to Australia. There are learning apps and we have put some of our favorite movies on it to keep the kiddos occupied. It is really a device for the entire family. They have a 10 hour battery and are very easy for the little ones to navigate. I will also take along healthy snacks and books-both easy essentials for traveling with children.
My job is also made easier by the fact that I am passionate about everything I do these days and travel is just so natural for me to be passionate about. What comes naturally to us is usually where our success will lie.
HipTravelMama has become my go to guide for all things travel with children. Her blog also features Seattle hot spots and luxury venues in the Pacific Northwest so if you are ever in the area, her reviews will be very helpful in choosing places to visit. (She is a native so her word is bone here.) Make your travel plans easier by following the advice and tips of an expert. Anne Taylor Hartzel of HipTravelMama is quickly becoming the new name of travel for families so take her advice and get to planning this Summer’s luxury vacation!
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*Please check with your current airline for specific baggage regulations as they many vary.