At-A-Glance: Traveling to Paris, Rome, and London with Kids for the Weekend
Traveling with kids to new faraway places is fun and exciting, but also due to the cultural differences, it can be a bit daunting. Not in a terrible way, but if you are anything like myself or our other Jet Set Family readers, the same concerns often arise. “Which places in Europe are best to visit with children?” “Which places accommodate families?” “How can we maximize our trip in a short period of time?” “What will they eat?” While each child is different, believe it or not, traveling throughout Europe can be done so that the entire family has the best experience possible.
A great source if you are contemplating visiting Paris, Rome, and London, happens to be a fantastic series of family-travel guides by author Hassan Osman. He has compiled his personal experience into three micro-travel guides (perfect for busy parents) covering each location: Paris in a Weekend with Two Kids, Rome in a Weekend with Two Kids, and London in a Weekend with Two Kids. And I have to say, they are better than any other resources I have found across the web while doing my own research.
Heading to Europe with Kids and don’t know where to start?
The difference? Hassan lived these trips himself with his family and has based the information in his guides on his first-hand experiences. Plus, the content is current which is something as parents and grandparents we can all appreciate. But the best part? They are short and to the point. You won’t be overwhelmed with tons of information that will inundate and confuse you with endless choices, but get a step-by-step look into what works and what doesn’t to ensure your trip is one of the best adventures you’ve ever taken. I suppose you can consider them the “Cliff Notes” to traveling abroad with kids.
The “Weekend with Two Kids” travel series allows you to spend less time planning and more time exploring wonderful family-friendly places with tips and tricks you may not have considered otherwise. He even goes into detail about what to you should do before your trip and my favorite, how much time is really needed at each “must-see” landmarks. His budgeting recommendations are fantastic as well, so you can plan accordingly to fit your financial situation. Because let’s face it, traveling with kids is not always predictable money wise.
Hassan also organized the book so that his recommended itineraries are “walkable.” Meaning, with younger kids, you can see and do as much possible within zoned areas each day. This will be invaluable when you are dealing with pint-sized travelers dealing with the Jetlag Monster. As a free bonus for purchasing this book, you’ll get a downloadable visual guide (a PDF file) that includes maps of the zones that are covered in the book. It doesn’t get much better than this!
For example a weekend trip to Rome, Italy could entail:
- Zone 1 (Friday afternoon): Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and Piazza di Spagna
- Zone 2 (Saturday morning): Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza Navona, and the Pantheon
- Zone 3 (Saturday afternoon): Villa Borghese, Pincio Gardens, and Piazza del Popolo
- Zone 4 (Sunday morning): The Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and Trastevere
As a family travel blogger, I love this collection because not only does it provide practical advice and information, but I’m obsessed with taking photos to preserve the memories of our travels. I also want to see the most I can in the time given. Hassan has impeccably outlined the best landmarks so that it is an instant checklist to get those perfect Instagram shots we all hope to bring home with us and share.
About the author: “Hassan Osman is a hyper-planner. When he prepares for travel, he researches hundreds of online reviews and articles ahead of time. He also studies several books and forums about the best things to do with his kids. He then cross-checks all those recommendations to balance the must-see highlights with the top family-friendly destinations. The end result is a carefully thought-out itinerary that includes step-by-step instructions on what to do and what to see with his wife and two little kids. Hassan’s day job is a project management office director at Cisco Systems. He’s also an Amazon Best Selling author of several short books for busy managers, including “Influencing Virtual Teams,” “Don’t Reply All,” “Effective Delegation of Authority,” and “Write Your Book on the Side.” He lives with his family in Boston, MA. You can find him on his podcast about how to write a book while working a full-time job at www.writerontheside.com“