Whether it’s your first road trip with your baby or you’re looking for ideas on how to entertain your very active toddler for a long flight, you’ll find a wealth of valuable information on Shelly Rivoli’s website, Travels with Baby.
With two award-winning family travel guidebooks, as well as an award-winning family travel blog, you can find a myriad of tips and advice about products and gear, kid-friendly destinations, travel planning, a worldwide directory of vacation babysitting services and a wonderfully comprehensive worldwide directory of baby gear rentals.
Shelly and I have been in contact since she visited San Diego with her family and wrote a blog featuring Toddler’s Travels in 2008. I am filled with admiration for Shelly who has managed to create a life where traveling and adventures with her family is intermeshed with her work. Shelly has traveled to Thailand, Tunisia, Manhattan, Yosemite, Paris, Chichen Itza, Hawaii, Pompeii, Barcelona, Jamaica, London, Costa Rica and elsewhere with her own children under five- so she is quite the expert on how to travel with babies, toddlers and young children.
Now that Shelly and her husband’s children aren’t toddlers anymore she has started a new website, Family Travel 411, for all kinds of useful information about travel with school-age children. My new go-to resource!
|Awards and Honors
|2014 Lowell Thomas Award Bronze Award in Guidebooks from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation
||Gold and Silver Award recipient in the
National Parenting Publications Awards
|2013 Silver and 2012 Bronze Award in Travel Blogs North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA)
||Finalist for THREE ForeWord Magazine
Book of the Year Awards
|2013 & 2012 Red Tricycle
Totally Awesome Awards Finalist
Best Family Travel Sites
|Rising Star Award from
National Parenting Publications Awards
|“99 of the Best Travel Blogs”
picks by Travelblogs.com
|Top 10 Winner in Tripbase 2009 & 2011
Best Family Travel Blogs
|2011 and 2012 Winner in Babble.com’s
25 Best Travel Blogs for Families
#2 in Insider Tips & Tricks
Shelly lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. Visit her website and blogs at www.TravelswithBaby.com and the new www.FamilyTravel411.com.
I love winter in San Diego anyway, but we’ve never experienced winter weather like this one since we moved here in 1996. For the past 3 weeks we’ve had warm, balmy and just glorious weather like today; 72 degrees with 16% humidity, and it’s projected to continue for the next 10 days at least. Driving home yesterday I saw a guy walking along without his shirt on and several women running in tank tops, people out golfing and playing tennis, many people at the beach, out for a walk with their baby or like my elderly neighbor just sitting in the sun on their porch. So Mid-westerners and East Coasters, get out here and take a break from that extreme cold spell you’re going through- it sounds brutal!
San Diego is lovely in the Fall, Winter and Spring- much less crowded. You can get up close to all the animals at our World Famous San Diego Zoo enjoy having no lines at LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, or have a blast with your kids at the water park there. Or do all three parks and visit SeaWorld- walking under the shark exhibition is my favorite part.
You should be able to find a reasonably priced vacation rental at this time of year- we have a list of recommended property managers on our Partners page. Be sure to pack your shorts, sandals and swim suits- you can go back home and brag that you were swimming in the ocean in January, lounging by the pool getting a tan and building sandcastles with your toddler or baby.
I can’t imagine it will last forever- we’ll need some rain at some point. So hurry, hurry- be spontaneous! Book the flight, accommodation and car- we’ve got you covered for the beach and baby equipment rentals.
TRAVEL TIP: Winter Special at Toddler’s Travels. Free item of your choice with your order of $75 or more; see our Packages page for details.
Bundle up the kids and head out to the San Diego Botanic Garden for a magical holiday experience.
Take a wagon ride on beautiful Clydesdale draft horses through a dazzling display of over 100,000 sparkling lights.
Santa will be there from 5:30-8:30 pm under the Gazebo for the perfect family photo opportunity. There is hot mulled wine for you and s’mores for the kids to roast over the campfire, as well as hot cocoa, coffee, gyros, kabobs, soups, salads and baklava available.
There is live music from 6-8 pm and yes, even snow- at least snow on December 26 and 28 with sledding permitted. Sorry, we don’t have sleds for rent- we have pretty much everything else you need in baby and beach rental equipment while on vacation- maybe grandma’s house has one lying around?
Stroll through the gardens- we do have strollers for rent:) Help the kids with special holiday crafts they can take home and enjoy the Nutcracker exhibit and Alice in Wonderland displays.
Admission prices: Adults $12.00; Seniors, Military & Students $8.00. All Children 3-12 $4.00. Children 2 and under free.
San Diego Botanic Garden is located at 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
Have fun and happy holidays from all of us at Toddler’s Travels!