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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.

 

Brooklyn Mamas on Travel, Kids and Happy Hour

Travel Journal

Travel Journal

Dispatches from around the world

Brooklyn Mamas on Travel, Kids and Happy Hour

Henley Vazquez

 

Brooklyn Mamas is a collective of creative and ambitious mamas who are raising kids, working hard and finding the nearest bar. (Their words, not ours!) According to their mantra, finding the right community can change everything.  As our team is part Brooklyn mamas, we wanted to find out more about the women behind the @brooklynmamas Instagram account, which we adore for the witty posts on love, life, and kiddos in hippest borough. 

The group is so close, they can even answer an interview together. Check out their collective answers and then their individual responses below. 


Q: What was your inspiration to start Brooklyn Mamas?

The decision to raise your family in Brooklyn is not an easy one. Space is limited, housing costs are extraordinary and the schooling system is not easy to navigate. But it's Brooklyn, we love this place. The proximity to Manhattan, the unlimited access to culture and the community makes it all worth it. Brooklyn Mamas came about when four like-minded, ambitious (read: fierce) Brooklyn Mamas found each other and in turn, our community.

Our Brooklyn zip code has helped us to realize a new definition of family and community.  It is as tightly knit as it is tightly housed. Our kids, our families, our homes, our space is communal. We are truly in this together. We formed Brooklyn Mamas to create dialogue, network and inspiration between mamas who didn't lose their cool just because they had kids. We're looking to bring honesty and some Brooklyn grit to motherhood. We hope to celebrate and encourage mamas to find their fierce. 

Q: How would you describe the quintessential Brooklyn Mama?

A Hustler with tremendous heart.

Q: What's your travel style?

  • Prepared but relaxed, and ready for anything.
  • Don’t get too attached to what you want to do. 
  • We swear by the saying that the journey is the destination.
  • Learning about the local area and food, anti all-inclusive.
  • Just find a place where they can run around and you can have a cocktail! 

Q: Where is the first place you would you send someone visiting your hometown?

We would send them to Brooklyn Bridge Park!  It has great views of Manhattan, public art, playgrounds, water taxi rides in New York Harbor, and access to great restaurants. Another great option is a walk and a picnic in Prospect Park. 


KERRY HELD
Brooklyn Mama to Violet, 6  and JJ, 4

Q: Describe your fondest travel memory.

Waking up early in the morning with my daughter, Violet, when she was one and we were on the beach in Puerto Rico. She and I snuggled on the chaise lounge and watched the sun rise, drinking coffee and milk, respectively. 

Q: Where are you headed to next?

Cabarete, Dominican Republic. We go every year to surf, do yoga, and play on the beach. 

Q: What is your favorite hotel and why?

Casas Brancas in Buzios, Brazil. We went there for part of our honeymoon and it was just incredible in every way: fresh, local fruit on the balcony every morning, swimming in the pool overlooking the beach, hammock on our private deck.

Q: Carry-on or checked bags?  

Both!

Q: London or Paris?  

London 

Q; Heels or flats?  

Heels

Q: Coffee or tea?  

Coffee

Q: Window or aisle?  

Aisle

Q: Beach or City?  

Beach!

Q: Traveling is...

what reconnects us to ourselves and each other & should always be an adventure


KAREN TINGLEY
Brooklyn Mama to Lily, 7 and Jack, 4

Q: Describe your fondest travel memory.

Driving from LA to San Fran with our 3 year old. We did it in 7 days, spending our time at great b&b's, exploring the beach, and seeing wildlife

Q: Where are you headed to next?

Hilton Head: relaxing beach front house with family, bike trails, calm waters, and close to Savannah Georgia which is such an interesting place fool of history, good food, and great views. 

Q: Carry-on or checked bags?  

Both!

Q: London or Paris?

London 

Q: Heels or flats?  

Heels

Q: Coffee or tea?  

Coffee

Q: Window or aisle?  

Window - but we usually have an entourage - so both!

Q: Beach or City?  

Beach!

Q: Traveling is...

what keeps us balanced. 


LESLIE BISHOP
Brooklyn Mama to Ryder, 6, Sloan, 3 and Lou, 1

Q: Describe your fondest travel memory. 

Tulum, Mexico in 2012.  At that time, we were a family of four and everything on the vacation just clicked. From day one, we woke up in the morning with the sun, played at the beach until the hottest part of the day when the kids napped and my husband and I got to sit our and drink cocktails.  By the time they woke up we were ready for lunch. And boy did we lunch, the lunch crowds are so much more forgiving with kids so we could just eat and relax.  Then it was to the beach again for late afternoon/evening swims.  Kids in bed by 8pm until cocktail hour(s) again for mom and dad.  We came back a family of 5. ;)

Q: Where are you headed to next?

The Bahamas in 9 days (but who’s counting). Four days in the sunshine to kick start the summer season.

Q: What is your favorite hotel and why?

I love Casa Violeta in Tulum.  No frills, but the staff are lovely and its kid friendly with a great beach.  A good friend was married there too, so I have some pretty fond memories.

Q: Carry-on or checked bags?

Carry-on with essentials, Checked with the rest.  You should always be able to survive with the items in your checked bags.

Q: London or Paris?

Tough one. I went to University in London and I have dear friends there, but since I first went to Paris at  16 I have a love affair that just wont quit. 

Q: Heels or flats?

Heels, almost always!  I was destined to be six feet tall ;)

Q: Coffee or tea?

Coffee-strong.

Q: Window or aisle?

All of the above, we roll deep.

Q: Beach or City?

Beach. We already live in the greatest city in the world.

Q: Traveling is...

essential, especially when you live in quarters as close as ours. 


AMY TANAKA
Brooklyn Mama to Otto, 6, Penny, 4 and Mo, 1

Q: Describe your fondest travel memory.

Chowing down at Lazy Susan's Hot Fat Crabs in Lewes Beach, Delaware. Each table gets a bucket of crayons and a bucket of mallets. We were covered in crab juice by the end of the meal, but so was everyone else in the restaurant!  Delicious and fun.

Q: Where are you headed to next?

DC to visit family and see the gorgeous cherry blossoms in bloom (donated by Japan the early 1900's, I think). Having my kids get exposure to their Japanese culture and heritage is something I try keep top of mind. To do it with the beauty of nature is a huge plus! We'll also explore all the fabulous and FREE museum of the Smithsonian.

Carry-on or checked bags?

Both. Essentials in the carry-on.

London or Paris?

Paris. 

Q: Heels or flats?

Neither, always packing a pair of sandals.

Q: Coffee or tea?

Coffee all the way.

Q: Window or aisle?

Love the window and getting a glimpse of NYC from above. 

Q: Beach or City?

Beach. Shoes off, feet in the sand and a cooler full of margaritas and watermelon.