This month, for my family travel bloggers interview series, I am having a chat with Elizabeth, author of the family travel blog ‘In search ofs’.
Elizabeth is, among other things, an expat mom, a coffee lover and a family travel bloggers so I guess it comes as no surprise that I was particularly interested in learning more about her: with so much in common, I knew it would be an interesting interview and I was particularly curious to hear about her current city, Vilnius, which I have never visited.
[box type=”bio”] Please meet, Elizabeth!
- Your name: Elizabeth
- Your blog name: In Search Of
- What is your blog about: On ‘In Search Of’ I write about local adventures, creative events, international travel, and where to find the best cup of coffee. I’m an American currently wandering Europe with my husband and baby son from our home in Vilnius, Lithuania.
You can follow Elizabeth on her blog and social media: @insearchofs[/[/box]
Tell us about your family: how many of you and how old are your children?
There are three of us and a cat! My husband and I had our first child in August, and we’ve enjoyed traveling with him since!
Where is home and where are you right now?
I’m from southeastern Connecticut but currently live in Vilnius, Lithuania. I’ve been living in Vilnius since 2013 and before that lived in Madison, Wisconsin, Yunnan Province, China, and Keene, New Hampshire.
How did you come up with the idea of a travel blog and when did you start writing?
I started writing my travel blog in 2012 while I was working and living in China. At the time, I didn’t really know about the wonderful online community, so I wrote very infrequently. I discovered the blogging and YouTube community right before moving to Vilnius, so that is when I started writing more frequently – and I love it! The blogging community is so friendly and there is such a wealth of great travel information out there!
What is your favourite kind of travel: independent, all-inclusive resort, cruise, a mix of all? What do you like about it?
I’d say that my husband and I are DIY-travelers. We book everything ourselves and part of what I enjoy about traveling is the prep that goes into it. I love researching new destinations and figuring out what to do while there.
How do you decide on a destination? If you have older kids: have you ever had an epic fight over where to go?
Right now we decide on where to go based on flights that are cheap and convenient. The Vilnius International Airport doesn’t always have great options, so we tend to have an idea of where we’d like to go, but are always flexible based on the flight options.
You visited many countries: do you have a favourite so far? And your kids?
Oh! It is so difficult to choose a favorite! Yunnan Province, China always feels like a home away from home, so I miss it when I’m gone and am always saving up for the next trip there. I also really enjoyed Athens, Greece, and would love to see more of the country. In the US, I was pleasantly surprised by a trip to Asheville, NC.
Do you have a dream destination you haven’t managed to go to yet?
I’m currently planning (and saving for) another trip to SE Asia. I’d love to visit Thailand and spend more time in Singapore.
Many people are afraid of travelling with children: safety concerns, fear of the holiday being a lot like hard work: what is your best advice to make a family holiday a success?
This is such a great question. Traveling with babies is such fun, and I’d encourage anyone to do it! We started taking our baby on trips when he was about 2 months old. Our first trip with him was a road trip around Lithuania. Since then, we’ve visited Germany, the U.S., and Spain. I think anyone can travel with a young baby; you just have to be flexible and stay calm! Because we don’t want to disrupt bedtime too much, we always try to plan flights that arrive at our final destination at a reasonably early time. Because I’m nursing, I don’t worry too much about food apart from bringing snacks for myself. If you are interested in learning more about traveling with children, I host a Traveling Parents’ Forum that everyone is welcome to join.
What kind of packer are you: carry-on only or everything but the kitchen sink? Is there one item you never leave home, no matter where you go or how long for?
We are carry-on travelers – even with a baby! I think my number one item would be our diaper changing pad stocked with diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, and a plastic bag. You’ll never know when something messy could happen and you don’t want to be caught without the necessary supplies – trust me, I’ve been there and done that!
I am sure you have some great stories from your travels: share one with us!
On our recent trip back to the US, my husband and I made sure to book our seats in the bulkhead to take advantage of Lufthansa’s free bassinets. Unfortunately, the engineers who put in the tvs put them ever so slightly too low, which blocked the hooks for the bassinet! We were pretty bummed-out because we had been banking on putting the baby in there for at least a bit! Luckily, the baby was really well-behaved throughout the flight, but I would have really loved a bit of a break for my arms! The bassinet did work on our flight from the US back to Vilnius, which we were all very appreciative of.