Traveling with Kids | Musement
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of trying out a new free iOS travel app called Musement with my family. I have to admit that I’m usually pretty dubious about these apps that claim to make traveling easier, more enjoyable and less stressful. I’ve tried a few in the past and it just didn’t work for me. The apps were fussy, difficult to navigate and generally just made the whole experience feel like even more work than not using it.
So when I used Musement I was pleasantly surprised that it did indeed make our experience much more enjoyable, hassle-free and fun. Musement is an online platform to book museums, shows, art events, tours and special activities. Travelers can book weeks in advance or even on the same day (depending on availability of course). They offer hundreds of hand picked, curated attractions that any traveling family would love such as tickets to Disneyland Paris, Kennedy Space Centre passes in Florida, a 48 hour loop bus tour in New York City or a Two-park ticket to Legoland and Seaworld in San Diego.
For me personally, Musement’s main attraction was the promise of avoiding any sort of line-ups or queuing. All of you traveling families out there will understand that waiting in lines with kids of any age can be absolute torture (throw in hot weather and fellow cranky tourists and you’ve got yourself a situation that could just put you over the edge mentally). So as a family we decided to try out one of Musement’s most booked events here in Italy which is the English language Guided Tour of Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ in Milan.
We arrived the suggested 20 minutes before our tour and were pleasantly greeted by our easy-to-find Musement guide outside the museum. We showed her the screen shot of our official e-ticket and she passed us our museum passes and told us the tour would be starting shortly. Easy as that. And considering it was a hot day in Milan we were so happy we could spend our time before our scheduled tour eating gelato in the beautiful piazza outside the museum instead of waiting in the ticket line,
The guided tour of the museum and painting was perfect for our family. Our English-speaking Italian guide passionately explained the history behind the building and painting(s) in a manner that made it understandable for the kids but at the same time interesting for us adults. My kids listened intently to everything she said and even asked some pretty interesting questions (if I do say so myself). Overall a perfect family experience.
Here are a few important facts about the Musement App:
-hundreds of activities offered worldwide (with more being added frequently)
-for any activity booked by phone or computer clients receive an official e-ticket
-no data roaming charges when abroad (the app downloads local content when connected to wi-fi making it possible to access information about attractions and museums)
-no queueing or waiting in ticket lines.
-they offer discounted rates for children on many of their activities and events
-no need to carry around printed documents/tickets of any kind
-easy and secure payment (with 1 time credit card insertion)
-wishlist option on app to save any interesting looking events for the future
-Musement offers a lowest price guarantee (with reimbursement)
I can’t tell you how enthusiastic I am about this app and I’m positive it’s going to become a huge part of our future family travels. We’re actually already looking forward to booking the Van Gogh Museum, Rijkesmuseum and Lunch Canal Cruise for our trip to Holland this coming summer. Just imagine all the extra time we’ll have to cycle along the canals or eat french fries with mayonnaise with the time saved waiting in line!
If you’ve ever used Musement I’d love to hear all about your experience. If it’s all new to you, do you think it’s something that you would like to try out?