TTUP: Tell us about your experience traveling with children.
Mom: Traveling with you guys was wonderful! It was fun to explore, have fun and teach you about geography, history, and connect what you studied in school with the real world. But we had to be organized and be sure our trips would be as safe, comfortable and fun as possible. When you're single/traveling solo, you can go with the flow, you can handle whatever comes your way, such as a sudden change of plans. With children it's a totally different story.
|Belem, Brazil - note the fanny pack|
TTUP: What are your favorite memories of our family vacations?
Mom: We traveled quite a bit to visit family all over Brazil, and it was a blast! But my favorite trips were just the four of us, so we could dedicate time and attention to each other. We always loved to be surrounded by nature! Some of my best memories are of Porto Seguro, Belem, Domingos Martins, Ouro Preto and Sao Paulo.
TTUP: Can you share some funny stories of our travels?
Mom: Between us all being accidentally chased by guard dogs in Bahia [when visiting this artist's studio], your brother ripping his pants on a slide, or him yelling 'there's a hair in my soup' when he was tiny in the middle of a very fancy (and packed) restaurant, we have had some good laughs over the years.
|Sao Paulo, Brazil|
TTUP: You were brave when it came to traveling with us. Thank you for that! Do you have any advice for mamas who are afraid to travel with kids?
Mom: When I had you, I was very young (24) and didn't have much of a sense of fear (looking back, I probably should have!) I just lived in the moment. But in all seriousness, I'd say always have a plan. And a plan B. Research, talk to other people who have done it before. Educate yourself, don't let fear be the only thing you feel. But also don't feel obligated to go places and do things to comply with some sort of social agenda. It has to be fun for you too!
|Minas Gerais, Brazil|
Thank you mom for this interview (and everything else ever) and to all the women out there who are brave enough to show and teach their children about this big, beautiful, crazy world.
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