5 Tips When Traveling Internationally

I am by no means an expert, but these are some tips we apply when traveling internationally. I hope you find them as helpful as we did.

1. Be a SMART traveler. Before we left for Europe, my siblings advised me on enrolling in STEP. STEP stands for Smart Travel Enrollment Program. It allows the US Embassy of that country to know you are there. A terrorist attack happened just 2 days in our London trip (2 miles away from us!). We received an e-mail about the attacks stating where to locate the nearest US Embassy and how to contact them. It was a scary situation, but knowing what was going on helped us determine on how to go about our day. Just a few days later, we flew to Paris and there was a terrorist attack upon our arrival (1 mile away from our Airbnb!). We received a similar notification with US Embassy information. You can sign up here. It’s free!

2. Hide cash. A robbery can happen anywhere, even in your own city. We like to keep our cash separate. Just in case we get robbed, we don’t want all our cash to be gone in an instant with no way to get back to our hotel or call for help. Hubs usually wears a money belt and a waist belt that you put under your clothes. Click //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=mrsabbys-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B01N4FWUQ1&asins=B01N4FWUQ1&linkId=07ceba473b432ca14821f712d14a8191&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>here to buy the money belt he used. Click //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=mrsabbys-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B00WTHJ3S2&asins=B00WTHJ3S2&linkId=7309eaf2cbfe785db76ec96dedbb40d6&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>here to buy the waist belt he used. I used a RFID money clip that can be tucked in and a RFID backpack. RFID stands for radio-frequency identification, which blocks material protecting against unwanted scans- meaning someone just can’t stand behind you and get all your credit card information without even touching you (pretty crazy, right?!). Click //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=mrsabbys-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B01EAFRBLQ&asins=B01EAFRBLQ&linkId=602b31d4c885e4210db54efb20da7d50&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>here for a similar RDID backpack I used. Click //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=mrsabbys-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B01LXSY4FK&asins=B01LXSY4FK&linkId=4b1b1063734de9299a308aec1d5126da&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>here for the RFID money clip I used.

3. Tattoo your kiddo. We were traveling with our very active 15 month old and we were afraid we might lose her! My sister suggested to get a temporary tattoo or ID band for her just in case we lose her. We got both. The temporary tattoo uses a special marker that is designed to last 2 weeks. You write your info on it, and pray a good samaritan contacts you if you do lose your kiddo! Click //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=mrsabbys-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B00O7WU5OS&asins=B00O7WU5OS&linkId=08ac9ccb1adc973b2bec3e4e7faa2ae1&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>here for the tattoo. The ID band is also waterproof, and it says “If I’m lost: please look inside” in English, Spanish and French. When opened, it has all your information written on it. You can put on a new one when you switch locations or hotels. Click //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=mrsabbys-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B004TADO3W&asins=B004TADO3W&linkId=6322942ebd72dd31dd67b8baaa2997bb&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>here for the ID band. Also, I bought a leash backpacks so she couldn’t stray far at the Louvre, but we never used it. She mainly stayed by us in the crowded places or sitting in her stroller.

4. Check your credit card. We checked our credit card for possible international fees, travel benefits and travel insurance. We have the Chase Sapphire Reserve, and we absolutely love it for the travel benefits. Reasons why we love it: There are no international fees, we get extra points when we book our travel with it, we have travel insurance when we booked our flights with it (but there are criteria for cancellations & a possible terrorist attack isn’t one of them- we checked!). I highly recommend calling your credit card company to ask about these benefits and to notify them you will be traveling. Also, let your bank know you will be traveling, as well, so they don’t cut you off and get yourself in a bind.

5. Be aware of your surroundings. This seems like a no-brainer, but especially when traveling with your kiddo! Sometimes it’s a sweet old lady complimenting your child that pulls one over on you. In Paris, there were several groups that would try to get you to sign a piece of paper- they would literally surround you. After you sign the paper, they would ask demand money from you. I read this prior so we both were aware to just firmly tell them “NO” from the get-go. We never had a problem with them, but did witness some tourist get trapped into giving money. This one lady flat out refused to give them money and a group of them surrounded her and her family on a bridge, shouting for money. Thank goodness a man yelled for “Police” and they scattered. We were also very cautious in not walking with a large crowd, but not by ourselves either. With the recent attacks in London being a vehicle striking a crowd, we were extra vigilant on the bridges. On their bridges, it’s a very short step from road to sidewalk- very easy for a car to come over. Click here to check out the video that helped us be more aware.

My husband’s motto is “Keep your head on a swivel”- we said that throughout our trip. But he is right, we have to keep our eyes and ears open. We never know when something will happen, but I hope these few tips will help keep you safe.



If you have any tips to add, please leave a comment 🙂

Safe travels,


5 Tips for Traveling in London with a Toddler

We recently survived a trip to London with our very active 15 month old. Here’s a few things we did to enjoy our time together.




  1. Pack light. I’ve been working on this for awhile now, and I think I got it down. I knew our hotel had a washer and dryer so this made it easier to pack light. I was able to fit my husband’s, our toddler’s and my clothes in 1 medium luggage with the help of travel organizers- this is what we used //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=mrsabbys-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B016YQPZ80&asins=B016YQPZ80&linkId=64d51ec210b1758183ad288df313f775&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>here. I packed bottoms that were able to mix-and-match with different tops. The travel organizers really helped with only packing what fits in each one of our cubes. When we got to the airport, our luggage weighed less then 40 lbs! We also had a small carry-on luggage (but we checked it in) full of her diapers and wipes. This is totally optional, but I’m glad I packed it because diapers and wipes at the store near our place were so expensive. As we used her diapers, we put souvenirs in that space. We bought a new stroller for this trip, too. We got the UPPAbaby G-Luxe (you can get it //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=mrsabbys-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B01ITTRIM6&asins=B01ITTRIM6&linkId=fdb4172b9fdb5ba386c60f6a5f72b8fd&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>here). We chose this umbrella stroller because it reclines and extendable sunshade. It’s easy to fold and carry, as well.
  2. Research. I highly suggest you look up where you are staying and locate the nearest store, hospital and what their emergency number is, especially when traveling with a child . In London, their emergency number isn’t 911, but rather it is 999. We stopped by the store almost everyday to get milk, drinks and snacks (ya know toddlers love their snacks!). Also, I researched things to do in London with a baby by reading blogs, reading TripAdvisor reviews and watching YouTube videos. This was our first international flight with our little babe, and we didn’t know how jet-lag would affect her, so we did not book anything for the first day. I did read to beat jet-lag, you shouldn’t sleep right away. We landed at 9 AM, checked in to our hotel, freshened up and hit the London cobblestones! Luckily, our hotel was walking distance to plenty of tourist attractions: Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye and the Thames river. We, also, found a cute park with a playground nearby- score!  (click here to find out where we stayed) Tip: When going down the escalator, stand on the right & walk on the left. They won’t say anything to you, but they will stare & think impolite things 😉
  3. Learn the lingo. I watched YouTube videos to help finds things to do with a baby. Also, I found videos on how to pronounce words and use the local lingo. For example: lifts are elevators, rubbish is trash, nappy is diaper, buggy is stroller, queue is line (Londoners love their lines- very proper lines!), chips are fries, crisps are chips, toilet is restroom (do not say “where is the bathroom” they will look at you confused thinking you are asking “where is the shower”), the Thames river is pronounced “tems”, Westminster is not “WestminIster” (don’t add that extra ‘I’ in there). I watched a lot of videos from this YouTube vlogger who lives in London, find her here. 
  4. Ask a local. There were SO many helpful and friendly people here. We loved it! It even started on the airline. We flew British Airways and the lady at check-in gave a seat to our little babe. It gave us a whole row to ourselves! The flight attendants also gave us plenty of milk for her when we asked. When we were in the airport and using the tube for the first time, the workers helped us navigate to our stop by telling us which line to go to and when to switch to another line. They told us which lines would have lifts by finding the handicap symbol on the map, and figuring out if we should get an oyster card or not (if you are staying more than 2 days- get it, you get a refund when you return the card, too!). When we finally got to our stop, we had to push our luggages and stroller to our hotel. We were met with a long stairway down the riverbank. Hubs started to carry down the 2 luggages then back up to help me bring the stroller down. Some nice man walking with his wife helped carry the bottom of the stroller (we didn’t even ask!) and we got everything down in a swift. Also, little babe brought her baby doll, Carol, with her in her stroller, but then would throw her out randomly. Ole Carol would always be returned by a friendly stranger though- even they were in a rush. While eating in a cafe, a man gave Eloise a balloon which made her day. I could go on with all the of friendlies we met.
  5. Know your child. Weird tip, huh? What I mean about knowing your child is that you will know when your child needs to stop, get out of the buggy and want to run around. For us, we booked things to do in the morning time (our little babe’s prime good mood time) and left the afternoon open. If she wanted to keep going, we kept touring around. If she wanted a break, we found a cute park with a playground and had a picnic. I loved it! The picnics were one of my favorite memories.


  1. Hyde Park- picnic by the lake
  2. Kensington Garden- Cute Princess Diana play ground inside with a carousel
  3. Buckingham Palace- changing of the guards is at 11:30 AM
  4. The London Eye- preorder tickets online, must fold up your buggy
  5. Jubilee Gardens- cute playground area by the London Eye
  6. Westminster Abbey- there was a long line and cost $$ to get inside
  7. Big Ben
  8. Cruise on the River Thames- we booked with the London Eye here
  9. Be sure to eat Indian Food (Mmmm)- we ate at Salt ‘n Pepper by Trafalgar Square
  10. The National Gallery
  11. Harrod’s
  12. Tower Bridge
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Click here to see our London video.

If you have tips to add, please leave them in the comments.




11 Tips For Flying With A Baby

Traveling is a big part of me and my husband’s life since we have been together. When we were expecting our first child, we wanted to bring her along on the adventure. We didn’t know exactly how that was going to go. I read blogs, watched YouTube travel tips, called the airline for advice & we still made mistakes. We have successfully flown 5 out of 6 flights with our little babe (1 flight was a disaster). We are definitely not experts, but we have learned a few things along the way.

  1. Book direct. If you can, book a direct flight to your destination. You don’t want to wake your baby up if he/she just fell asleep to make a connecting flight. Our flight to Las Vegas didn’t have a direct flight so we were forced to have a layover. When choosing a layover, make sure you have enough time to get to change a diaper before boarding your next flight. We usually choose an hour layover. You don’t want it to be too long, either.
  2. Book during nap time. We book our flights in the mornings. She is the best in the morning. We change her, feed her then she naps. On our flight back from Las Vegas, she slept the entire flight and woke up when we landed. It was awesome. We made a mistake when we flew back from Orlando in choosing a direct flight over a morning flight. We flew in the evening, and she absolutely hated it. We were all miserable. She cried the entire 2 1/2 hour flight. With all the stares from the people around us and even some from the flight attendants, it felt like an eternity. A sweet old man sat next to us and he kept telling us, “It’s okay, we’ve all been there.” And they have… we all have.
  3. Bring a copy of their birth certificate. We usually fly Southwest and they require a copy of our baby’s birth certificate to validate she is under 2. You can check them in either by calling when you book online or at the all service desk.
  4. Get to the airport early. We get to the airport at least 2 hours before our flight. Traveling with a baby means you have more luggage, require increase inspection in the security line and need some time before boarding to change a potential dirty diaper. Also, we give enough time to let our baby walk around near our gate to let a little energy out before having to buckle down in our laps.
  5. Security Line. I carry our baby in our Ergo. It makes it easier for me take my shoes off & fold the stroller (depending on the size of your stroller, you either have to run it through the x-ray or if it’s too big they will have to manually search it). Security will also test your hands for any explosives, which is super easy & fast. You’re allowed to bring formula, pumped breast milk or water for powder formula. They will test them to make sure it is what it is suppose to be and there is nothing else on them. Instead of having them open a bottle of formula, which is wasted if not drank within the hour, you or your significant other can elect to be manually searched. Hubs is always the one that gets searched. This may take a bit of time depending on how many people they are searching ahead of you.
  6. Family boarding. When we get to our gate, we always ask if there are any empty seats on our flight. We got lucky on our flight to Las Vegas. We had the whole row to ourselves and our daughter was able to look out the window, but also, we had easy access to go to the bathroom or just stand to rock her, if needed. Like I said, we usually fly Southwest which does not have assigned seating. They do have family boarding after all “A” seating has been called.
  7. Bring lots of snacks! I am all about giving them snacks on the plane to keep them quiet. Also, flying can cause dehydration & cause a fussy baby so don’t be stingy with giving milk early or giving water.
  8. Bring toys. I wouldn’t go crazy bringing a lot of toys, but bring a favorite toy or book. Also, bring a new toy and don’t show him/her until the flight. If all else fails, always bring an iPad. Our little babe is still too young for the iPad, but we brought one just in case (we didn’t end up even using it).
  9. Window or Aisle? If you’re unable to get the whole row, which seat is best? I tested both out and definitely have a favorite. The pros with the window seat is that the baby can look at the window and be distracted by lifting the shade up and down. But the cons outweigh it. The pros with the aisle definitely top the window seat. It’s easy to go to the bathroom if needed or walk around if she’s fussy. Also, we usually sit towards the back of the plane (not the very back because the seats do not recline). There are people going to the bathroom to distract him/her, engine noise and I feel like the people that sit there know what they are getting into!
  10. What to pack in your carry-on. I pack more than enough diapers just in case of flight delays and use overnight diapers for increase absorption. Also, extra onesie because you never know if there is going to be a leak or blow-out, you don’t want to be stuck with a naked baby or stinking like poop for the entire flight. On that note, pack yourself an extra shirt, too, because you don’t want to stink like poop, either! 🙂 It’s also okay to bring medication for your baby through security, and I highly recommend always being prepared. You never know when they will be allergic to something or end up getting sick. Other very important things: wipes (I wiped down everything she can possibly touch!), travel changing pad (very small table to change in the Southwest bathrooms- new planes have changing table in all bathrooms, old ones only have them in the front bathroom), milk, toys, snacks for baby and you, ziplock bags to place wet or dirty clothes, paci to help with air pressure ascending & descending (feeding baby also helps). We put all these items in a booksack instead of our diaper bag because it has more space.
  11. What to dress baby in. How to dress your baby for a flight depends on their age. Eloise’s 1st flight was when she was just 11 weeks old. I dressed her in a footed onesie so I wouldn’t have to worry if her socks fell off &  risk her feet getting cold. Now, that she is almost a year old, I dress her in pants, socks, shoes, sweater & a zipped jacket that can be taken off if she gets too hot.

A bonus tip is to pack light. I’m still trying to work on this. In our most recent trip, I cut back to one large luggage for all 3 of us using travel organizers, but we had extra clothes so I think I could’ve cut back to a medium size luggage. We stayed at my sister’s house so we were able to wash clothes & I could’ve cut back if I thought about that. So, if you are able to stay at a HomeAway or Airbandb that has a washer & dryer, plan on washing clothes to save space. Also, pack mix & match outfits to be more versatile. I’m still working on this! LOL.


We are going on our little babe’s 1st international trip in June, if y’all have any advice/tips please comment below. Also, if I missed a good tip, comment below!


Traveling Tips: Salt Lake City and surrounding areas

Hubs had a conference in Salt Lake City, and of course, I tagged along. 🙂

Here are some tips that I found helpful.

Try Airbandb for the best deals for places to stay. Hubs conference was at a big chain hotel with a big chain price. There wasn’t much a of discount even though he was attending the conference there. We tried airbandb again and saved $500! We had our own kitchen, washer & dryer, and still close to the places we wanted to see. I highly recommend trying airbandb.

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Ask people who know the area. One of my brother’s college friends lived in the area and I was able to ask him places I must see and eat. We took his recommendation for the first day.

We arrived Friday morning, ate brunch at Silver Fork and Lodge located on the very scenic Big Cottonwood Canyon. I ordered the pulled pork sandwich and hubs ordered the french dip. After lunch, we hiked Big Cottonwood Canyon. The weather was beautiful and so were the views.

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Read reviews on Yelp! & TripAdvisor. I searched on TripAdvisor on top 10 things to see in SLC and the surrounding areas. Also, on the best places to eat in SLC and Park City (since Park City was only 30 minutes away).

The next day, after hubs attended a few seminars,  we had lunch at Bruges Waffle & Frites. I read so many good reviews about this place; we had to try it! Hubs had their speciality, The Machine Gun, and I had the burger and fries; both were delicious.

Our next adventure led us to Antelope Island. The first thing we noticed when we arrived was the smell of the lake. It smelled like sulphur. There wasn’t much wildlife on the lake, either. We saw many bison on the island, no antelopes though. We drove around the island taking in the nice weather, hiked to enjoy the views, and put our feet in the Great Salt Lake. It was an experience we could scratch off the bucket-list.

For dinner, we checked our Squatters Beers and Pub. It was pretty happening. We had to wait, but not for too long. Hubs tried their beer selection, which the alcohol percentage was lesser than what we are used to. We shared a pizza and I had a small bowl of chili.

After dinner, we walked to the Temple and it was magnificent.


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Plan your stay. I researched the city and the surrounding areas and planned the day we would see/do what around hubs’ conference prior to getting on the plane. So little time, so many things to do!

On Sunday, we drove to Park City. We stumbled upon the Park Silly Sunday Market. It was gorgeous. We walked down Main street and saw many local vendors selling jewelry, fudge, clothing, etc. The weather was perfect for it. We usually buy an ornament from the places we visit and this was no different. We found the cutest one and the worker helped us customize it. 🙂

That night, we ate with our couple friends, who also were there for the conference, at an Italian restaurant called Tulle cuisina. The restaurant was pretty empty; it felt like we rented it out ourselves! After dinner, we cruised around in our rented Mazda 5 looking for dessert. Everything was closed! We had a night cap at our friends’ airbandb, which overlooked the SLC skyline.

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Decide if something is worth the drive. I really wanted to see the Delicate Arch at the Arches National Park, problem was it’s a 3 1/2 hour drive one way. Hubs was hesitant of the all day drive, but was easily convinced 😉

My brother suggested we skip the Delicate Arch since the hike to it was pretty brutal. He didn’t think it would be good for an out-of-shape pregnant woman to attempt! We didn’t feel like we missed out, though. The views were breath-taking. The Double Arch will always be a special place to us; that’s where we made our pregnancy announcement!

When we arrived back to SLC, we hiked to Ensign Peak and enjoyed overlooking Salt Lake City.


Make every second count. Our last day, we checked our Nostalgia coffee in downtown SLC. I had the Nutella crepe and hubs tried the breakfast crepe. We had some time before our flight so we were able to check out the Capitol building.

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We felt like we were able to soak in the city and our time together as a family of 3 😉

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17