Travelling with a Child: A blog about travelling around the world with your kids. Note: We use first person instead of third.
On Tuesday we flew from San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The trip was long but otherwise relatively uneventful. I’m writing this in the middle of the night, as my son is sleeping on his own bed for the first time in two weeks. He has been sharing our bed since we left home and until now has only slept on his own for naps.
I have to admit that it’s nice to go back to our routine at last, but with some changes. We have been eating out every meal – something that I don’t even like doing in my own town – but this will change tomorrow when we move into an apartment and start cooking again.
I miss having my own kitchen and a washing machine!
This is a travelogue about travelling with a child. I know that many of you are afraid of travelling with a child and you think it’s going to take all the joy out of your vacation. Well, that’s not true at all, and I will show you why. This blog will be updated once in every two weeks keeping in mind the things you might wanna know before taking a trip with your child.
There are so many great things that come along with having kids. You get to experience the world through their eyes and see it as they do, discovering new things together. You can make new friends quicker than ever and your kids will love it. And moreover, you don’t have to take care of everything by yourself when you have little ones around!
I recently travelled around Europe for a month or so with my nine year old son and I documented the whole trip on my blog. Trust me; it was one of our best trips till date! We had an amazing time together and hope to go on more trips like these in future!
We are a family of four, mummy and daddy and our two children, travelling around the world since June 2014. We left our home in San Francisco and moved to Australia to start this journey.
We spent a lot of time researching about how to travel with little kids. We never found one place that had all the information we were looking for so I decided to blog about our experiences and share them with other families who are planning similar adventures.
Our blog was born out of this need for information on how to travel with little kids. We wanted to know about the logistics and details of travelling: what to pack, where to sleep, how long to stay in each place, how much does it cost, what do you do when your child gets sick abroad and so on. We wrote this blog as a way to capture all these details so we could look back on them later; we also thought that maybe it will help other families who are planning similar adventures.
When I was pregnant I spent hours in the library reading up on how to travel with babies. I am sure the librarians thought I was going to be a great mum. But it’s not just the books that help me. I have had some really good advice from friends and family who have traveled with their kids.
I wanted to make my own traveling blog because there is so much information out there and it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. There are also lots of people out there who will tell you things like “you can’t travel with a child!” or “they are too small! It will be too hard!” But I have found the exact opposite to be true. It is much easier traveling with children than without them.
Not only does traveling with my kids teach me about how they see the world, but it also teaches me about myself and how other people see the world. This has helped me become a better person because I am more understanding of others, which has helped me in every aspect of my life, not just when I travel.
When we decided to have a baby, we never thought we would give up traveling. But then, suddenly, you have this little person who needs you at least for the first couple of years. We didn’t want to give it up and started to travel with our daughter when she was only three months old.
Our first destination: Turkey. We had never been there before, but heard that it was beautiful and friendly for children. I must say this country is amazing! It is so diverse, rich in culture and history, with beautiful landscapes and very tasty food! And it is also very easy to travel around with babies. The locals are very hospitable and helpful, they treat the kids like their own children.
The next country we visited was Italy. We thought it will be easy as most of the European countries, but it turned out that Italians don’t really like babies in public transport or cafes. They are friendly if you ask something or need help, but they won’t start a conversation or smile as much as people from other countries do. That’s why in Italy we preferred to stay in one place and not move around too much. The good thing about Italy though is that there are a lot of family friendly hotels where you can stay with your child without any
I really love travelling around the world. I have been to so many amazing places and it’s awesome. My family is also up for new adventures and we travel a lot together, both short trips and longer vacations. But there is one problem I always face: what to do with my little daughter?
I know that taking a baby to a trip may seem like a crazy idea for some people. A lot of parents are afraid of the difficulties that may arise and decide that it’s better to wait until their child grows up. However, it is not as complicated as it may seem at first sight. You just have to be ready for anything!
Of course, you should think twice if you’re planning a trip to the Sahara Desert or Antarctica, but other than that your baby won’t stop you from visiting all the amazing places on Earth! The first thing you need to do is get some good quality gear: backpack carrier, stroller (which folds small enough so that it can fit in the overhead bin on an airplane) and baby monitor. If you’re going on a long trip by plane, you will also need an adapter for feeding bottles so that you can warm them up during the flight.
It’s always better to take your baby with you than leave him
As soon as you get pregnant, a couple of things happen. Your doctor will ask you if you want to know the sex of your baby and everyone else will ask you what name you’re going to call her/him. You’ll get the feeling that all these people have a vested interest in your pregnancy and your baby, which is true, they do. It’s not easy to choose a name, it will stick with your child forever and so it should be something that he/she likes. We all have friends who are named after an uncle/aunt or maybe something we love (Roses, Apple etc). If you are expecting more than one baby, the pressure to find a name doubles up.
During my first pregnancy, I was very excited about having a girl and we decided on the name “Aadya” which means “the beginning”. We knew that it was going to be difficult for many people to pronounce this name, but we were prepared for it. The day our daughter was born, she looked like an angel and everything went well. She was born at home and I had my two sisters visiting us from India for my delivery. My sister-in-law came over with a beautiful cake