5 Things I Learned Backpacking With My Daughter


Have an alternate plan if things don’t go as planned when traveling with children and keep a buffer day on hand for emergencies. Over time, Deenaz has learned to read the cues given to her by her daughter and adapt her route accordingly. “Now I make sure I don’t do any hectic activity on days when I see she’s tired.”

Hostels can be better than hotels in some ways

As a general rule, Deenaz always stays in hostels and B&Bs abroad because they are not only clean, but also the best way to meet locals and get local experiences. Mother and daughter are life members of a network of hostels called International Hostel. “We met a girl named Hawa who was working as an intern at the hostel in Germany where we were staying. The first time she saw Arianna, she said, ‘She’s really cute. Can I have breakfast with her? you every morning?” I said yes and she started hanging out with us, often helping me babysit Ariana while I was cooking in the kitchen.

You really don’t need all that baggage

Remember that you will have to carry all the luggage yourself. The new mother, who was packing earlier, now only carries a 50-liter backpack, which fits their two pieces of luggage, and a day pack that doubles as Arianna’s flight bag.

Your vacation will shape your child

Travel can really break down stereotypes, Deenaz says. “A lot of people said that Barcelona weren’t safe. I learned after going there how different and great the real experience was. At the B&B we stayed with a Brazilian family and they were more than welcoming: they spoke to me, introduced me to their children.” To date, Arianna has also learned not to judge people and to take things at face value, as she has mingled with children from all over the world, lived with families from different cultures, adapted to many modes of transport and ate food, which is not always homemade.


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