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.
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.
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!
Written with you in mind, our guides contain everything you need to know before and during your trip.
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)
The non-Lonely Planet guides we own tend to be Eyewitness Travel guides. We love how many pictures and illustrations there are.
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.
This website allows you to search by country or by month. We like how easy it is to find the information we need.
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.
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.
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 makes it easy to compare prices and policies from different companies and to apply online.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Now we're getting to the exciting stuff! Time to book your 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.
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.
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.
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.
This super-informative site is usually our first stop to learn about train travel for upcoming trips.
When in Europe, you must travel by train. Rail Europe is your one-stop shop for European train tickets, schedules and passes.
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.
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.
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.
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 offers reliable airport transfers at destinations around the world. Car seats for your baby are available as an add on.
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.
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.
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,..
This site focuses exclusively on the United States and has a wide variety of tours and attractions to choose from nationwide.
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!
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...