Can I Be a Traveling Mom?

9 steps to prepare to move abroad with your family.

Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

Settling down in one place isn’t for everyone, and it isn’t because you become a parent that you have to give up on your dreams of being a globetrotter. That’s right: being a traveling mom is, in fact, possible; and it can be a whole lot of fun!

What got us moving was the “urban burnout” that we started to experience in Brooklyn, as a family of three. With rising housing costs and a lack of nearby family for our toddler, city living didn’t feel sustainable. And so, as we were going over our resolutions for 2018, we decided to take a big leap: my husband would complete a much needed certification in his line of work in Costa Rica, and we would all move there for a few months! Now, my husband’s course was to start only two weeks after we made the decision, so we had very little time to prepare. Thankfully we are experienced travelers and already had valid passports, but never have we left home as a family for this long of a period.

This new experience stressed me out at first — there was just so much to think about, and so little time to do everything. So just like with any daunting situation, I made a list and checked it off — one item at a time. How do you get your family ready to move yabroad in a short amount of time? Here are 9 steps you need to take to make the transition as smooth as possible.

1. Selecting Flights. There are many great sites to find cheap airfare now — my favorites are ...