Even Travel Bloggers Get Nervous

Where did some of the top family travel bloggers go on their first international trip with baby in tow? Read more at www.BabyCanTravel.com/blog

I was so inspired reading all the reasons to travel with young kids by some of the top family travel bloggers in this post. But they make it look easy, don’t they? Remember, we all need to start somewhere and so did they! We, at Baby Can Travel, recommend taking your first trip as soon as you feel comfortable. For example, travelling when your baby is 3-4 months old is a great time and it can really boost your confidence as a parent travelling with a baby. This doesn’t mean you won’t run into any challenges along the way, but you’ll learn to trust in your ability to handle anything that comes your way whether at home or on the road.

 

To prove that we all need to start somewhere, and it can be nerve-wracking for even the bravest among us, I went back to those top family travel bloggers to get a little more insight into when and where they first started travelling with their children. Here is what they said (hint: they also give some great ideas for destinations to visit with a baby!) : 


LESLIE FROM TRIPS WITH TYKES

1.       What was the first international trip you took with your baby?

The first international trip we took with our son was to Montreal, Canada when my son was 9 months old.

 

2.       Why did you choose that destination?

 

We choose the destination because we knew Montreal was an exceptionally family-friendly city where having a baby would be easy. Plus, it had so many activities, museums, and sights for our older daughter who was 5 at the time. Because of the language difference, Montreal felt like a more exotic destination while also being easier logistically without requiring a transoceanic flight or major time changes.

 

3.       Would you recommend it to other families looking to go on their first trip with their baby?

 

Whole-heartedly! Montreal has been one of our family's favorite destinations to date with our kids and we can't wait to go back.

 

4. Were you nervous to take that first trip?

 

It's always a little bit nerve-wracking to travel internationally with a little one, but this experience wasn't too difficult. I did my research, as always, so I knew what to expect for things that might be new - like car rental rules in Canada and pre-clearing immigration in Canadian airports when flying to the U.S.


CHARLES AND MICKI FROM THE BAREFOOT NOMAD

CHARLES AND MICKI FROM THE BAREFOOT NOMAD

1.       What was the first international trip you took with your baby?

We went to Cuba for 10 days. Since we're from Canada, Cuba was an easy place to visit.

 

2.       Why did you choose that destination?

 

We were looking for a cheap family vacation and wanted to visit Cuba before it opened its doors to mainstream tourism.

3.       Would you recommend it to other families looking to go on their first trip with their baby?

 

Cuba is a great country with a population that loves kids. The beaches are world class and there are tons of things to do. Walking around old Havana is like taking a step back in time.

 

The one thing they don't have is a lot of sundries, so make sure you pack extra diapers and anything that you might need like baby wipes and lotions. Due to the US-Cuban Embargo, certain foods weren't widely available then as well, but that's changing as the US relaxes its relations with Cuba.

 

4.       Were you nervous to take that first trip?

 

We weren't nervous, but we did end up bringing twice as many bags as when we traveled full time with just the two of us. It's amazing how we went from packing lightly for ourselves to bringing everything and the kitchen sink when we had little ones in tow. It definitely means you have to travel at a slower pace, but the rewards of travel with kids definitely outweigh the cons, and traveling with kids also lets you experience a different side to another country.

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Where did some of the top family travel bloggers go on their first international trip with baby in tow? Read more at www.BabyCanTravel.com/blog

SHARON FROM WHERE'S SHARON

SHARON FROM WHERE'S SHARON

1.       What was the first international trip you took with your baby?

 

The first international trip we took with kids was when our oldest was 17 months. We went to Malaysia and Thailand. We were much braver by our next baby and took him away at 11 months (our other kid was 2) to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines. We are currently pregnant with number 3 and he will set off for Thailand at 3 months old.

 

2.       Why did you choose that destination?

 

We live in Australia so South East Asia is relatively close and it is very child friendly. In fact, I think this may be the most child friendly region in the world. Most of the countries I mentioned above are set up well for tourists and families with many options and the locals are so welcoming of children and openly love babies, so we never have to feel like we are being judged or putting people out when we take our kids with us everywhere.

 

3.       Would you recommend it to other families looking to go on their first trip with their baby?

 

I would definitely recommend these countries to other families for their first trip with a baby especially Singapore, Malaysia or Thailand.

 

4. Were you nervous to take that first trip?

 

I was very nervous the first time - mainly about the flight. All these destinations are an 8+ hour flight for us. However, mostly the flights haven't been an issue at all and you get over it quickly once you are somewhere awesome!


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SARAH FROM A FAMILY TRAVEL BLOG

1. What was the first international trip you took with your baby?

 

We kept it easy and went to Tulum, Mexico for a long weekend at the beach. We would set up the pack and play on the beach every day, and she would play in the sand and water and take lovely naps in between!

 

2. Why did you choose that destination?

 

It was easy to get to (direct flight) yet remote enough for us to really feel like we were getting away. Also relatively inexpensive.

 

3. Would you recommend it to other families looking to go on their first trip with their baby?

 

Yes for sure! Things have changed a lot there in the past decade or so. We selected our hotel because it was the only one in Tulum with a swimming pool at the time. There are plenty of options these days in Tulum! 

 

4. Were you nervous to take that first trip?

 

Not really, but we also had no idea what we were getting into! I guess ignorance really is bliss in some cases:) We had a blast but also learned a lot about traveling with kids on that trip.


NATALIE FROM COSMOS MARINERS

NATALIE FROM COSMOS MARINERS

1.       What was the first international trip you took with your baby?

 

We took her to Germany and Luxembourg on a 12 day road trip. We started in Munich, worked our way through Bavaria, headed up the Romantic Road, and finished in Luxembourg City. 

 

2.       Why did you choose that destination?

 

My great-uncle was killed in World War II and is buried in the American Cemetery just outside of Luxembourg City. No one in my family had ever made the trip to his grave, and paying my respects to him was one of the major items on my travel bucket list. The trip started there, and, as we started planning, expanded into the road trip we ended up taking. Beyond seeing my uncle’s grave, I was so excited to show my daughter the castles, palaces, and beautiful scenery we encountered!

 

3.       Would you recommend it to other families looking to go on their first trip with their baby?

 

Absolutely! Everyone we met in Germany and Luxembourg was so excited that we were traveling with a young child—they were so welcoming to us! There seems to be a focus on family there, and, even at the museums and castles, there were lots of other young kids there. On most of the tours that we took, the guides were happy to give my daughter her own pamphlets and point out fun things that would be interesting to a toddler. 

 

4.       Were you nervous to take that first trip?

 

Overall, my daughter is a fantastic traveler and goes along with the flow no matter where we are or what we’re doing. I was a little nervous on this trip about the multiple flight connections and the longest leg of our flights each way (9+ hour plane ride to and from Atlanta), but she ended up doing a great job for someone her age. Once we were on the ground in Europe, she had the best time sightseeing—and she was particularly excited about the small travel cot we had for her to sleep in!


OLGA OF EUROPEAN MAMA

1.       What was the first international trip you took with your baby?

 

Not sure whether this counts as a trip but when my first daughter was 6 weeks old, we packed all our belongings into my in-laws' big caravan care and moved from Germany to the Netherlands. Then, she must have been around 2 months old and we took her to France, then to Spain the month after that and to Malta the next month.

 

2.       Why did you choose that destination?

 

Because it was close-by, and had the perfect temperature for us at that time. We usually travelled in the fall when it was cold and rainy in the Netherlands but not yet too hot in Spain or on Malta. 

 

3.       Would you recommend it to other families looking to go on their first trip with their baby?

 

Oh yes, definitely!

 

4.       Were you nervous to take that first trip?

 

Oh yes. I was so nervous because I was tired and sleep-deprived and wasn't sure how this is going to work- will the baby cry a lot on the plane? What if I have to change her at the airport? What should I take with me? And so on. In the end I shouldn't have worried but you never know with a baby. Still, it proved much easier than travelling with toddlers for example. 


CELINE OF BABY CAN TRAVEL

You might know our story already, but if you don’t here are our answers to those same questions:

 

1.       What was the first international trip you took with your baby?

 

We took our daughter to Barcelona when she was 3 months old.

 

2.       Why did you choose that destination?

 

We had a number of criteria, but most importantly we were looking for a place that felt exotic enough but would enable us to get around by walking or using public transportation. We didn’t want to bring a car seat or stroller. Barcelona was perfect. It was easy to get to our hotel from the airport then we were able to walk almost everywhere. The weather was perfect, it was safe and there were plenty of things to do to fill a week of our time.

 

3.       Would you recommend it to other families looking to go on their first trip with their baby?

 

Yes, absolutely! We had a wonderful time there and would highly recommend it.

 

4.       Were you nervous to take that first trip?

 

Yes, we were nervous. It was our first flight with a baby and the first leg was 8+ hours from Calgary, Canada. We continued to learn throughout the week how travelling with a baby was different from travelling without kids. We loved the experience though!

 

What about you? Where was your first international trip with your baby? Or is something holding you back? Share in the comments below!


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