Henrik Kniberg

Henrik Kniberg

I debug, refactor, and optimize IT companies. And jam alot too.

London – Learning to travel with 4 small kids

Having fun in London, beta-testing the concept of travelling with 4 small kids. We wanted to make it a challenge – if anything is to go wrong we’d rather it goes wrong on this short trip, than on the big trip after summer (we’re planning to do a 6 month round-the-world trip). So all the kids (except our youngest, 1 yrs old) got to pack & carry all of their own stuff all the way.

And no cabs or cars, which meant walking 1 km to the bus on gravel & dirt roads + a whole bunch of switching between buses, planes, subways, trains, escalators, elevators, stairs, etc, in both Stockholm and London.

It wasn’t easy, but it worked better than expected! And the kids seemed to enjoy being responsible for their own stuff. Now we feel more confident about the big trip. We also have an ever-growing list of lessons learned so far.

One clear lesson so far is that travelling with small kids is all about motivation! As long as they all WANT to come along, everything is pretty much OK. However whenever one or two don’t want to come along, then things get really difficult really quickly. So find ways to keep things fun! And always carry snacks & water.

Along the way we developed a travel slogan "häng med, håll ihop, och var glad!" which means something like "come along, stay together, and have fun!"

Here are some more photos.