The world is a smaller place than it ever was. Thanks to the internet, it is also a more overwhelming place for anyone trying to find trustworthy information. For every site you’d like to visit in the world, there is a blog, a top-10 list, and hundreds of reviews on TripAdvisor. How do we as parents, sift through all this noise to find reliable sources of information that meets our family’s specific needs, within a reasonable amount of time?
MomAboard was created to connect traveling parents with the most reliable and relevant source of information – the local mom. Our “Mombassadors” are experts of their cities and know how to navigate them with children. This means that every customized itinerary is built from scratch with the details you need most: best kid-friendly places to visit, the worst tourist traps to avoid, where to stay, where to eat, how to get from point A to B, and who to call in an emergency.
Our lives as parents are busier than ever. We at MomAboard would rather you spend more time enjoying your trips than stressing about planning them.
We’re moms. We get it. We take the time and tantrums out of your family trip planning.
My name is Kaamna Bhojwani-Dhawan. I am the founder of MomAboard and Chief Mombassador of our trip planning service.
I started MomAboard 7 years ago when my first child was born. I was living in Australia at the time and traveling to New Zealand, Shanghai, Tokyo and many other cities with my little one. I couldn’t find any help online that was of any use to me: “Where do I get diapers in Tokyo?”, “How do I find a kid-friendly bed and breakfasts in Queenstown?”
I started writing about my experiences and started receiving thanks from grateful parents all over the world.
7 years, one more child and two international moves later, I still share my experiences traveling around the world with my children. But I wanted to offer parents more meaningful support than just writing a blog. No one knows more than me that trip planning with kids takes an enormous amount of time and can be completely overwhelming because after hours of research and thousands of dollars you can still find yourself in the wrong part of town, or at a loss for how to entertain your little ones in a foreign country. This has certainly been my experience, and that of many others I know. I wanted to simplify the travel process, and take the fear out of it for parents. That’s how our trip planning service was born.
I am thrilled to have teamed up with an impressive network of moms around the world who serve as our Mombassadors. They are accountants, scientists, bloggers, full-time moms, and much more but we all come together because we connect with the fundamental principle here: Moms trust other moms. That’s why this network is so powerful.
I have a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Smith College (highest honors, Magna Cum Laude) in the United States, and a graduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I started my career in Leadership Effectiveness and Organizational Design at Sun Microsystems, before being seduced by startup life in San Francisco. After stints at Affinity Labs (sold to Monster.com) and Coliloquy as Director of Marketing, I bring my love affair with startups to MomAboard from a new home base in London. MomAboard is a 5th cohort graduate of the Campus for Mums and Dads incubator program at Google’s Campus London.
I was given the gift of love of travel by my own parents, and I was determined to pass this wanderlust to my own children. At 7 and 4, they’ve lived in three countries and visited over 20 countries from Singapore to New York to Paris and tons in between. They eat anywhere, sleep anywhere, have been on trains, planes and boats (sometimes all in the same trip), and are masters at packing their own carry-ons.
There have certainly been days that have made me doubt this particular choice of lifestyle like when my little one vomited up her breakfast, pooed out her lunch and then peed on a sunset camel ride in the desert of Rajasthan, all on the same day. Or when my son woke me up every 15 minutes due to the 12 hours jetlag between San Francisco and India, bringing me literally to the brink of hysteria. Those days happened, and they still do sometimes. But they’re so worth it. I believe travel helps children truly understand diversity, and these children in turn grow into open and adaptable adults. They are the enemies of ignorance from which stems prejudice and we certainly need less of that in our world.
Read more: Why I travel the world with my kids.
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“Two of the greatest gifts we can give our children are roots and wings.”
Founder and Chief Mombassador