A Conversation with Hilarye from Dotting the Map

adventure mom interviews hilarye fuller Hilarye Fuller is a professional vacationer (I want her job) and successful online journalist. Her blog, Dotting the Map, has been featured in USA Today and other travel publications. We are so pleased that she agreed to this interview about traveling with children.

What’s the biggest surprise about traveling with children?

The surprise is how much they actually enjoy it and remember it! A lot of times I hear parents opting out of travel with small children because they don’t want to waste the money on something they won’t remember. Which is understandable but my four-year-old brings up trips we took with her when she was two-years-old. 

What would consider the biggest adventure that you’ve ever taken as a family or individual?

Our biggest adventure as a family was taking our, at the time, two-year-old and five-month-old cross country on a red-eye flight and to New York City. That was a hard trip but we had a lot of fun moments. Individually, going to Tokyo, Japan was my biggest adventure. I was fascinated with the culture, the sights, and most definitely the food. 

What are the top 5 must-do’s when traveling with children?

1. Take a deep breath.

2. Do your research and set obtainable goals.

3. Bring lots of snacks (more than you think you need).

4. Plan, plan, plan but also be prepared to shift gears at any moment.

5. Let go and enjoy it. Even the hard times.

How do you keep busy little ones entertained and out of trouble when traveling?

At this point, they know the drill. We have clear expectations for them while we travel and they understand that. That being said meltdowns happen so plan with things to do like books, coloring books, a new toy from the dollar store, lots of snack and an occasional movie or game on the iPad.

Anything special to keep in mind when traveling during the holidays?

If at all possible avoid peak holiday travel and try to travel a couple days early. We have been stuck in airports for 10-plus hours due to bad weather and have had baggage lost.

Favorite vacation spot to date?

Surprisingly we all really enjoyed Whistler, Canada. It was beautiful and there was so much to do from museums, bike trails, lakes, delicious restaurants, waterfalls, etc. We had so much fun just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company.

Thanks Hilarye! Follow Hilarye’s travel moments at Dotting the Map and don’t forget to take the kiddoes along for the next big travel adventure.

 

 

 



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Firecracker. That’s how my husband described me when we first met. I like to think that it was a compliment pertaining to my penchant for high-energy go-go. I am the token baby boomer in this group. The one who is stalling when it comes to elastic waistband pants and evenings in the recliner. This fearless desire to roam the earth started quite early, when as a toddler, my father would nail my bedroom door shut so that I wouldn’t head out in the wee morning hours going door-to-door in search of breakfast or a toy. True story. Today, our beautiful life consists of an empty-nested, second marriage, 10 children, 13 grandchildren, and a yen for travel and discovery. I ski. He golfs. And together we play tennis and work on creating memories and traditions that bind our collective hearts together. After years of shopping center marketing, ad agency ownership, and some social media giddy up for the education and medical esthetic industry, I’ve learned that I am most at home sharing my love for a good story and the next adventure.

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  2. Posted by Tuan

    I did a 3 week trip to India once and was blown away, the culture is so very dinrefeft from European, I’d love to go back but I wouldn’t want to go on my own (last time I did it with a male Indian friend which made me feel very safe, I don’t think I’d want to try it as a female on my own)we also did a month’s tour of New Zealand which was wonderful, the culture is not so vastly dinrefeft from here in the UK, but it’s just such a young open country with loads and loads of beautiful scenery and so much space (UK is so crowded!!)we also went on a cruise in the Baltic and I thought St Petersburg was going to be the highlight, but for some reason I felt totally alienated there however Helsinki in Finland and Tallinn in Estonia were wonderful, lovely people so that might be another idea for you

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