Spain is one of the most diverse countries in Europe, both culturally and geographically. Each region has its own identity and language, and throughout the country you’ll find whitewashed villages, bustling cities, beach and mountain towns, and everything in between. And Spaniards love children, so it is an easy country for families to explore. We…
Traveling with kids gets better with experience. The more you do it, the easier it gets. You develop a system, and refine it with every adventure.
When I plan a trip, I have a very distinct routine. It starts with an empty notebook, a guidebook and a few hours on the Internet. Once armed with the basics, I start trying to lay out a rough day to day itinerary. It serves as a guideline for my family. If something doesn’t happen, it’s not the end of the world. Maybe we’ll do it tomorrow.
We were supposed to go to Disneyland. Just a quick flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles. No real planning or creative packing required. But when a ticket search in the wee hours of the morning turned up an incredible deal to Europe, L.A. went out the window. In one hour and the click of a mouse, my family of four was headed to Madrid, Spain.
When most people think of Madrid, they don’t think of kids. It’s one of those grown-up cities.