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Welcome Aboard!

August 19, 2016

Pardon our tardy announcement – but here it goes – we have added a new travel companion to our team back in June: Nicholas.  Its been a very new type of adventure for us, but we are slowly getting into the groove as a team of three. And while things have certainly changed around here with the new addition, we have no plans to stop traveling. Being able to explore, journey, and experience the big wide world is our way of knowing we are doing things right (for us).

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Nicholas has already proven himself already on one road trip this summer. We took the long holiday weekend in July to attend a friends’ wedding and explore a bit of southern Virginia. At the time N just turned 4 weeks, and we were a bit nervous about how he would take to our escapades.


Sergey and I have a bit of a different perception on how ‘easy’ Nicholas is (who is surprised here?) I will just say, and I think Sergey has to agree, he is no magical baby that you only hear about from a friend of a friend that never cries, only coos, and sleeps through the night by the end of the first month. While I will readily acknowledge that we’ve got ourselves an adorable, healthy son, I will also let you know that he has been blessed with strong vocal cords and he isn’t shy about deploying them should he find the right cause. Now, Nicholas rarely cries without reason, but he knows what he likes and what he doesn’t (he’s got strong opinions). Lucky for us, car rides – for the most part – are on the “Like” list.

So how did it go in Virginia? AWESOME. Nicholas was on his very best behavior – at least in public. He was the sublime, magical baby that you only hear of from friends’ of friends. He handled the 4-hour car ride like a champ, attended all important bits of the wedding without a peep, and slept (in a sling) through two, 3-hour dinners.  Pure magic (never mind the no sleeping at night bit).


Given the positive first experience, we decided to kick things up a few notches. Armed with a baby passport, we will be completing our 2016 tour of North America. Our trip will originate from Washington, DC > New York City > New Haven, CT > Salem, NH > Trenton, ME > Montreal, Canada (!!) > Syracuse, NY > Scranton, PA > DCwelcomeAboard_housetolaos_012

We are super pumped for this adventure. While we are certainly much more limited in how fast, how vast, even how adventurous our travels will be in the foreseeable future (no general class overnight train trips in India for us), there is something to taking on the challenge to keep on exploring, and to sharing with our little human in the immensity of the world. Also, I am pretty excited to experience travel through his eyes one day; sharing even a bit of that wonder that young explorers tend to have is going to be pretty cool.

So, does anyone have baby travel tips to share? Also, as always, we would love to hear any cool insights that you might have on our destinations.


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  • Anna | slightly astray

    Oh my gosh!!! First of all congrats! What a huge announcement! I was wondering where you disappeared to :). He is simply adorable. And I’m so glad to hear that he’s going to be joining you on all your travels! Your trip sounds amazing and I’m looking forward to hearing how it goes with a new tiny travel companion! 🙂

    • House To Laos

      Thanks so much Anna 🙂 I must confess that the big reason why I haven’t been able to post isn’t Nicholas, but rather a new job that I started as soon as we got back from Mexico in February. It kind of consumed me, but we are hoping that it will pay big dividends soon in our ability to travel lots and lots 🙂 I miss this space though, and the travel blogging community. I hope you guys are doing well!

      • Anna | slightly astray

        I know what you mean! I’ve been in kind of the same situation too… concentrating mostly on work, but I’m trying to get back into blogging more frequently. Good luck with everything! It must be crazy working with a newborn!