You may invoke the reason that baby will not remember the trip to justify your excessive settlement since her arrival but the real reasons may be elsewhere… Here are 3 bad reasons why you stopped traveling since you became a parent.
A post that will grow in the coming weeks with the solutions to your three bad reasons!
1. You need to rent a truck to put all the baby stuff
I remember our first trip with our little globetrotter #1 when he was only 3 months old. I planned a trip to Malaysia by car to be sure we would have enough space to take all necessary items. I even packed a travel cot. The car was as full as if we were going to spend 3 weeks there when we were only going for 4 days. Overpacking is the main mistake of the family travel newbie. And I have to admit I was not different!
Today, we can’t say that we travel light BUT everything fits into a suitcase (or two, now that we are four). We have even been for a 5-day trip from Surabaya to Bali with only a large hiking backpack (70 liters) for two adults and a baby (half of the bag was filled with pampers and hot clothes for Bromo & Kawah Ijen volcanoes ascents!). Before going on a trip, I ask myself: do I need the stroller or will a baby carrier be enough? Can I find pampers easily where we are going (of a similar quality to those I find at home: trust me, you really want to avoid leaks in the baby carrier or on dad’s laps in the plane)! When traveling with kids in your own country, everything is easier because you know where to find all the products you’ll need so you can travel lighter. When you go abroad, it becomes a bit more complicated but not impossible. A simple question of organization I guess.
See my travel checklist to prepare the luggage of a baby or a toddler to make sure you do not have to rent a van for your tribe or your unique globetrotter whenever you travel as a family.
2. Baby routine is not compatible with your idea of travel
Want to have some fun at a nightclub after a day of sightseeing? Obviously, I can’t do much for you but are you sure checking a Cambodian dance floor is a must? Is it really a priority? Because the temples of Angkor are also not bad eh!
In general, a baby gets up early (between 6am and 8am depending on your degree of luck). Why not take the opportunity to be among the first to arrive at some tourist sites? In the morning, it is usually less crowded and it is also less hot. What do you say? Thank you baby!
Even if you can not go out dancing all night, nothing will prevent you from going out for dinner if baby can sleep easily in her stroller (check the post how to choose the best stroller to travel).
3. If I travel with my baby, I will not see anything interesting
So yes, paragliding, climbing Everest or 5-day trek in Uzbekistan may be a little bit complicated. Let’s face the facts! But first, did you do this type of activities during your previous trips when you were not yet parents? Visiting temples, museums, walking in the rice fields, swimming in the sea, laying on the beach (even though you may not lay for too long), animal encounters: all this is still entirely possible. You do not have to spend your holidays in Disneyland because you have kids!
Babies love observing things around them so there is no reason why they wouldn’t enjoy discovering the world with you. And why not take advantage of baby nap time to visit a museum (because he will sleep in his baby carrier or his stroller – no, you can’t leave him in the hotel room alone even if sometimes you would like to! ).
Since I am a mother of young globetrotters, I never found the time to get bored while traveling. The only thing I miss is diving. But in a few years, they will be able to dive with their parents so … just being patient may be the key!
And you? What do you think? Do you have good reasons not to travel with your children?