Out and About: Traveling with Kids

Traveling with Kids

Hubby and I have always loved traveling, but having kids definitely cramped our style. We still manage to get away to places near and far on a semi-regular basis but there are always so many variables to consider.  Is the trip about visiting friends and family?  Will it be fun for the kids?  Should we stay at a hotel, or should we rent a flat?  If we rent a flat, will it be comfortable for everyone?

And so, while it is still only January, I am in full planning mode for our summer vacation trip to Europe to visit family.  We decided to rent apartments/houses in the different places we are visiting.  While searching for places to stay I came upon Kid and Coe.  Am I the last one to hear about them? Stylish private dwellings that are welcoming to kids, where parents don’t have to forgo comfort and aesthetics, and the kiddos get to be… kids. Bingo!

In the past we’ve rented from VRBO and Airbnb, but I had never come across a site specifically targeted at parents traveling with kids. Looking through the various properties I’m getting a serious case of wanderlust. Check out some their stylin’ properties.

A lounge meant for relaxation and play in Amsterdam.

Kid Friendly Travel Accomodations

A colorful and fun dining room, also in Amsterdam. (Man, those Dutch, they know design.)

Kid Friendly Travel Accomodations

A whimsical staircase in France.

Kid Friendly Travel Accomodations

Indoor plasma cars in an art-filled New York City loft.

Kid Friendly Travel Accomodations

A cozy playroom in Rio de Janerio.

Kid Friendly Travel Accomodations

As a parent, I think this site has the potential to really ease the pain of traveling with kids.  Kids can feel at home, while grown ups get to enjoy a beautiful space.  That said, I can tell their website was thought out from a design perspective, rather than a functionality perspective.  The site doesn’t allow you to narrow your search based on certain criteria, and the images while gorgeous, do take a while to load, especially on mobile.  I say this, because I usually come at things from a design perspective and Hubby usually comes at things from a function perspective (he is after all trained as an engineer). So, after 18 years together, I know it’s important for design and function to work together for the best results.

What do you think?  Is this the answer to your prayers when traveling with kids?

**All images shown here courtesy of Kid and Coe, except where noted.

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