Trip Planning Resources

At Baby Can Travel we are passionate about inspiring new parents to travel with their babies. We have traveled widely before and after having kids and have gotten pretty good at the planning process. We know you have less time to plan trips now, so we created this resources page to share our process with you to make your trip planning easier. We personally use the vast majority of the services mentioned below for planning our own trips, so we are very confident in recommending them to you.


PRE-TRIP PLANNING


Travel Advisories / Safety

Safety always comes first. Check the travel advisory written by your government regarding your proposed travel destination to see if there are any known health or personal safety risks.  As a bonus, travel advisories often include information on required entry visas, embassy locations etc.

 

USA Travel Advisories
Canada Travel Advisories
United Kingdom Travel Advisories

Australia Travel Advisories
New Zealand Travel Advisories

TRAVEL GUIDES

Given our lack of time to plan, we always have a travel guide with us when we travel. Since having kids, we've started buying digital copies; the space we used to have in our bags for travel guides is now filled with diapers and wipes!

Baby Can Travel Guides - Be More Prepared by Doing Less

Written with you in mind, our guides contain everything you need to know before and during your trip.

Lonely Planet Travel Guides

Nearly all of our travel guides are by Lonely Planet. We keep buying them as they make it easy to find activities we like to do (cultural attractions, hiking, etc)

DK - Eyewitness Travel Guides

The non-Lonely Planet guides we own tend to be Eyewitness Travel guides. We love how many pictures and illustrations there are. 


WHEN TO GO

Now that you are traveling with a baby, knowing about the weather is even more important. You may want to avoid times which are too hot or too  cold, or at least be able to pack accordingly.

TheBestTimetoVisit.com

This website allows you to search by country or by month. We like how easy it is to find the information we need.

National Geographic Four Seasons of Travel

Sure, all this information is probably free on the internet if you spend enough time digging, but we love flipping through this book when we are dreaming of where to go next.


TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE

Never travel internationally without travel medical insurance. The odds of something happening are small, but the costs can be crippling if you are not properly insured.

American Express Travel Insurance

We've used AMEX Travel Insurance for over a decade. We find their rates attractive and most importantly, they have paid every single one of our claims without issue.

VisitorsCoverage.com

VisitorsCoverage.com makes it easy to compare prices and policies from different companies and to apply online.


HOUSE SITTING SERVICES

These services are great if you'd like someone to watch your house or your pets while you are away. If you're lucky, you could also end up with a free place to stay yourself!

Trusted Housestitters

We have two dogs at home and we don't like leaving them at a kennel when we go on extended trips. We're using Trusted Housesitters to have someone stay at our house to watch the mutts for our upcoming trip to Mexico.

HomeExchange.com

Swap houses with another family. You have the piece of mind that someone is watching your house and you get a free place to stay!



TRavel booking


AIRLINE PERKS FOR BABIES

Did you know that most of the world's major airlines provide extra services for families with babies?  These perks may include free advance seat selection, the use of a bassinet, early boarding and much more. 

AIRFARE

Now we're getting to the exciting stuff! Time to book your flights!

Google Flights

Google Flights is our first stop when we start looking for flights. Their "flexible dates" view is our favorite tool to help find the dates with the lowest airfares.

Expedia

Once we find our flights on Google Flights, we typically jump over to Expedia to book the flights. We prefer to book with an agent (the world's largest) as opposed to directly with the airlines.

Momondo.com

We haven't tried this service yet, but we plan on giving it a shot for our upcoming trip. This fresh and modern website looks like a good combination of Google Flights and Expedia. It looks easy to find cheap dates and the best flights on a given day. 


TRAIN TICKETS

We LOVE travelling by train and actively seek out opportunities to ride the rails. The scenery alone is usually worth it, but we also enjoy not having to show up hours before departure time.

The Man in Seat 61

This super-informative site is usually our first stop to learn about train travel for upcoming trips. 

Rail Europe

When in Europe, you must travel by train. Rail Europe is your one-stop shop for European train tickets, schedules and passes. 


ACCOMMODATIONS

When travelling with a baby, your choice of accommodations is very important. We have learned that vacation rentals are the best choice for new parents. They typically offer separate bedrooms, a full kitchen and in-suite laundry facilities. When searching these sites, be sure to select the "Family Friendly" filter.

Airbnb

We book most of our vacation rentals through Airbnb. They have great selection and therefore good price competition. If you are new to Airbnb, click here to get a $35 USD credit towards your first stay.

VRBO

Once and a while we can't find what we are looking for on Airbnb. We find VRBO to be a very good second choice.

Hotels from Expedia

For the times where a vacation rental isn't possible, we use Expedia to book our hotel rooms. We like the abundance of information on each property, which allows us to determine if it's suitable to take our kids there.


TRANSPORTATION

We don't like bringing our car seats with us when we travel. When travelling internationally, we prefer to get an airport transfer to our apartment, then walk or take public transit everywhere we go. Sometimes you can't avoid renting a car, especially in North America. Car rentals can be a great way to get around, but be aware most will not guarantee the availability of a car seat. In this case, we look for a 3rd party baby equipment company - most will meet you at the airport.

Suntransfers.com

Suntransfers.com offers reliable airport transfers at destinations around the world. Car seats for your baby are available as an add on.

Hotels from Expedia

Ok, ok...  I'm starting to realize we use Expedia a lot! Well, there's a good reason for it. I like the huge selection of cars offered by seemingly every rental company out there.


ATTRACTION TICKETS & TOURS

When we travel with our baby, we are often time limited due to naps, etc. So, we try to save time by purchasing tickets ahead of time. 

Viator

We like Viator as it has global offerings as well as a large selection of family friendly tours. When looking at your destination, look for a kid friendly filter. You will often find private tours, etc which are a great option for families travelling with a baby,..

Trusted Tours and Attractions

This site focuses exclusively on the United States and has a wide variety of tours and attractions to choose from nationwide.


STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW

SLEEP

For most parents, the impact travel on a baby's sleep routine is a big concern. We have put together a few articles which will help you keep your baby sleeping like, well... a baby!

How to Survive Jet Lag in Babies and Toddlers
Get Your Baby to Sleep on Vacation: Advice from a Sleep Expert
Travel Beds for Babies & Toddlers

ESSENTIAL GEAR

Every parent knows that having the right gear is essential to making life a little easier. This is especially true with travel. Check out these articles for more information on the gear we can't live without...

Baby Travel Gear - 8 Must Have's
Fly Tot Review - Will it help your child sleep on the flight?
The Ultimate Travel Highchair Showdown

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