The Ciao Bambino! Story

As with many family-owned, small businesses, Ciao Bambino! was born out of my own need (or rather, my own desire) to continue living the life I loved — a life of travel, just now with a child in tow.

I had thought the yearlong travel sabbatical my husband and I took in 2001 would take care of my lifelong travel bug, allowing me to happily settle down in one place and start a family. I should have known better — my last hurrah before motherhood only intensified my desire to travel everywhere … and often.

But I still wasn’t worried. Even after I got pregnant, I assumed that my international travel experience would help me overcome any logistical hurdle that I might face traveling with a baby. It didn’t take many days as a new mother to realize that my perspective had been a bit naive and my previous experience was practically irrelevant — family vacations involve an entirely different set of requirements and practicalities.

I started building Ciao Bambino! in late 2003, after searching extensively for credible resources to provide family-focused travel advice, direction and useful accommodation information. I quickly realized that there were no relevant resources available to answer the questions of a discerning traveler and parent: Where are the safest international locations? What supplies and equipment do I need to bring with me? Which hotels have the best family-friendly room configurations?

A big part of taking the fear out of traveling with children is knowing what to expect after arriving at a new destination, so the foundation of our service has always been finding great places to stay. Parents also need to be confident that they will have the resources necessary to make the trip enjoyable for every family member, so we have covered your bases from planning to packing to flying to eating — and so much more!

Ciao Bambino! has helped thousands of families travel successfully, because we don’t believe that parents need to give up incredible travel experiences just because they have children. And as a bonus, travel is one of the most powerful ways to educate children meaningfully and have them become ambassadors for the conservation of our planet.

We hope our luxury family travel services inspire your family to explore the world together!

Ciao and happy travels,

Amie O’Shaughnessy

Founder, Ciao Bambino! Inc.