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Daria Utkina

Mom of 2

Age : 9 year old girl and 10 month old boy

Resident for : Born and raised!

Profession: Doula and Childbirth Educator. Founder, www.tres-bebe.ru

#1 Travel Tip: Take the lightest stroller you have or a babywearing device if you plan to walk a lot. Moscow roads are not wheel-friendly. But luckily people are - you'll always have someone to help you with the pram!

About Moscow, Russia :

Moscow is the most Northern city in the world. in addition to being the capital and cultural, historical and political epicenter of Russia. Not the stop for the typical family, Moscow is on the agenda for many a discerning tourist. Slavic culture, pieces of old city, brand new hip places and a very special vibe makes Moscow one of the most intriguing places on the planet.

GET TO KNOW Daria

Tell us about your life growing up in Moscow.

I grew up in a green city neighbourhood Tushino. We lived near the big gully made by a meteorite many-many years ago and my fav place to visit was a nearby park with 19th century mansion and a dandelion field.

What do you love most about living in your city?

I love the vibe. It’s the city where everything can get real. Also it’s a place where you can literally feel this East+West plexus. I love that everything from drugstore and hair salon to cinema and museums is open 24/7 and the service is really good.

What’s one Moscow-ism/cultural quirk? 

In Moscow, nobody smiles! There’s even a research revealing the reason: it’s not about people being unkind but the culture of keeping your emotions inside.

Why is traveling important for a family?

For my family it’s important because we can stop for a while a routine life with many everyday duties and just look into the eyes of the loved ones.  We also all love new environment, new food and new traditions and cultures to explore.  It’s a very educational experience for kids too – their image of the world becomes really multicultural and brings new meanings to the things they’re used to.

What’s the hardest thing about traveling with kids?

First: Planes, trains, cars, airports and railway stations – all the things about actually travelling. Parents have to be focused and keep many things in their mind: time, documents, healthy food, clothes to change, things to do with kids while flying/waiting.

Second: Settling down- all the things MomAboard can help with – local routes and hidden treasures for families with kids, city’s know-hows and places loved by locals.

What’s your favorite family travel destination in the world?

Asia

What’s on your travel wish list?

Americas! Peru and Brazil, less-traveled US seaside

What’s one thing you do on every trip that makes traveling with kids easier?

I meditate and take care of my emotional balance so I have power to act with love in any unusual situation.

Give us one song from your road trip playlist!

Here it is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g0toPq3ugo