Today, we have a special guest, a mom who can make travel work with very young children…featuring Marcie Cheung!
What do you do for a living?
I’m a Stay-at-Home-Mom and I blog about traveling with babies and toddlers. I also volunteer with PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) in Seattle, connecting new Moms who live near each other and providing a safe community to share about the struggles and joys of becoming new parents. The rest of my time is spent creating memories for my family.
What inspires you to travel?
I’m passionate about exploring the world to learn more about other cultures and traditions. This helps me understand other points of view and shapes the way I think about international issues. I also love meeting local people and other travelers and hear about their experiences. Life is too short to stay in one place.
How did you first get into traveling?
My family used to vacation in Hawaii growing up, but I first got into traveling when I went to Europe in high school with my history class. We had a packed agenda filled with getting tastes of art museums, landmarks, and sights but we also had a lot of free time to explore the cities. I learned how to navigate trains and public transportation and meet people from all over the world. After that, I was hooked!
Where have you visited?
Internationally, I’ve been able to explore Italy, Monaco, France, England, Greece, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, and Canada. I’ve also spent a lot of time in Hawaii and have toured a bit throughout the U.S. We’ve been fortunate enough to bring our toddler to Thailand, Italy, Greece and Canada so far.
Where do you want to go next?
Cuba is really high on my list of places I want to visit. I almost had the opportunity to visit as part of an educational tour through my University, but it never happened. I think because it’s been off-limits to Americans for so long that I’m very curious what the people are like and how their culture is celebrated. I only know what I read online and in books and I’d like to experience it for myself and with my family.
What type of travel do you enjoy?
My favorite type of travel includes a packed itinerary with some free time. I like to visit museums, but I tend to go through them quickly and move on. I like to see the famous sights and I also like to see where local families go. I like to eat regionally food, preferably somewhere that has been recommended to me. I also like to try something that I’ve never done before. In Rome, we did a golf cart tour of the city while my son was in a baby carrier and it was fascinating. In Beijing, I hula danced on the Great Wall of China because I’m not sure it had ever been done before.
What motivated you to start blogging?
I started blogging this year because I realized that many of my friends and family would ask my advice for traveling with babies and toddlers both locally and internationally. I found myself copying and pasting from my emails. It occurred to me that I should publish my tips and tricks for easier share-ability. I always create photo books after every trip we take and I really enjoy writing about our experiences in each place we travel. Once I started my blog, I found it so freeing to share my suggestions for ways families can travel with small children with minimal stress. It also pushed me to explore more local areas that are kid-friendly and plan more exotic travel.
What is the nature of your blog? Why did you choose this topic?
The nature of my blog Marcie in Mommyland is to share my tips and tricks for exploring the world with babies and toddlers. I chose this topic because my friends and family seemed to be in such awe that my husband and I take our son on most of our trips. I realized that most of the new Moms I knew were petrified about flying with their baby or bringing them anywhere. Some even told me they wouldn’t travel with their kids until they were 5 or 10. I figured if I was able to share some ideas of how to make family travel more doable, maybe more families would be interested in incorporating it into their lives.
What is your next step in blogging?
I plan to blog about traveling with babies and toddlers for the next year and then I will transition into blogging about traveling with toddlers and preschoolers. As my children grow, my blog will naturally grow with them. It’s very exciting because the activities we do while traveling focuses a lot on nap time and attention spans. As they get older, we’ll be able to add more to our itinerary and have new experiences.
What is your most difficult challenge in blogging?
As a Stay-at-Home-Mom, the most difficult challenge in blogging is setting aside time where I can focus solely on blogging. So far, I’ve been fortunate that my toddler is a good sleeper and I can work during his nap time and after he goes to sleep. I’m about to have our second child and I know that I will need to make much more of an effort to carve out time. But, I’ve found it so personally fulfilling that I know I will keep it a priority in our family life.
What do you hope to get out of your blog?
I hope to connect with other parents as they are planning their trips and help ease their fears. I also hope to continue to get inspiration of new places to explore with our family and learn from other peoples’ experiences. So far, I’m really enjoying connecting with other like-minded travelers who want to expose their kids to new people, places and things.
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