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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.

 

Something to Declare: Clothing Designer Susan Lazar

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Something to Declare: Clothing Designer Susan Lazar

Henley Vazquez

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Susan Lazar made the move to NYC in the early '90s to study fashion and eventually launch her successful, namesake womenswear line. A decade later, egg by Susan Lazar was born in Dumbo, Brooklyn and quickly grew a loyal following among New York's most stylish parents and their mini fashionistas. We spoke to the busy mom-of-one about the Parisian effect, a perfect day in Dumbo and sleeping under the stars en famille. 

Q: Where and when did you take your first trip as a family?

Israel when my daughter Mikah was 10 months old.

Q: What is your favorite travel memory from childhood and what do you hope your kids remember about their travels? 

My first trip to Europe at the age of 13 was such a milestone. We visited Paris for my sister’s 16th birthday and it was like nothing I’d imagined — the abundance of art, architecture, fashion and culture. That trip inspired me to discover more about different cultures and destinations, and I'd love for Mikah to have a similar experience with travel.

Q: Have any of your family trips been a complete fail? 

We hit some bumps — both literally and figuratively — on a trip last year to Colorado.  The trip was gorgeous, especially Aspen, but Mikah gets car sick so you can imagine what it was like road tripping with her. I'll spare you the details of our drive to the camp site at that altitude, but it’s not an experience we’d like to repeat.  That said, sleeping under star filled skies was an unforgettable memory that made it all worth it.

Q: Name a place where you’ll always return and why. 

I love Israel and have a huge network of friends over there so it always feels like going home.  It's such a soulful and beautiful place.  The culture is warm, laid back and very family-oriented, which I love.  The endless sunshine doesn’t hurt, either.

Q: What’s your dream destination for travel a deux, and what’s on your bucket list for a trip with the family?  

Africa, Tibet, Russia and Cuba now that it’s open. That's just for starters.

Q: Where do you send first-time visitors for a family day and kid-free night in your hometown? 

We live in Dumbo, Brooklyn, which is great for families.  On the waterfront, there's Jane's Carousel and an awesome playground and park all overlooking the East River and Manhattan. The original Grimaldi’s pizza and nearby Ice Cream Factory always have long lines, but are well worth the wait.  And for a kid-free evening in NYC? There are almost too many options! I would start at the Peninsula New York hotel for his-and-her spa treatments, followed by dinner at Raoul in Soho (one of my all time favorites) and a stroll to Little Italy for some gelato for dessert.

The Spa at Peninsula New York hotel

The Spa at Peninsula New York hotel

Q: What’s your traveling uniform? Do your kids have one as well? 

Black leggings and a comfortable sweater for me. And leggings under a comfortable patterned dress (egg of course) for Mikah. 

Q: Fill in the blank: Flying with kids is... 

Challenging.

Never board a plane without...

An ipad, markers, colored pencils, paper and plenty of stickers.

If parents could design a hotel, all rooms would have…

A nanny!