TRAVEL PLANNING RESOURCES

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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.

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Pre-Trip Planning

Travel Advisories / Safety

Safety first – especially now that you are travelling with a baby. Thankfully, most places around the world which are popular with tourists are safe to go to, but sometimes you may have a question about your safety or health at your destination. Start your planning process by checking your government’s travel advisory report for your destination. These incredibly useful reports contain information on safety, health, entry requirements, consulate locations and more.

Travel Guides

With two kids, we don’t have much time to do a lot of pre-trip research anymore, so we always bring a travel guide with us. Given our carry-on bags are now full of diapers and wipes, we now buy digital travel guides to save space in our bags!

Baby Can Travel eBook Guides

Baby Can Travel

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

Lonely Planet Guides

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

We are visual people, so we love how many pictures and illustrations there are in the Eyewitness guides.

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.

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Lonely Planet – The World

This huge guide gives the travel highlights for every country on earth. Included in each country is the best times to go.
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Eyewitness – Where to Go When

Search more than 130 destinations by time of year, type of vacation, or simply flip through the pages and be inspired.
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Lonely Planet – Where to Go when

See 30 recommended destinations for each month of the year.

Travel 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.

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Visitors Coverage

Visitors Coverage makes it easy to compare prices and policies from different companies and to apply online.
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AMEX 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.

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!

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Home Exchange

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!
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Trusted Housesitters

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

Booking Your Trip

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.

Read our blog post to see what perks your favorite airline offers!

Booking Your Flights

Now we’re getting to the exciting stuff! It’s time to book your flights! Finding the right flights is especially important for you now, especially what times work best for your babies sleep schedule, how many stops are you OK with, etc. These tools make finding your best option easy!

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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.
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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.

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.

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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 through to get a $35 USD credit towards your first stay.
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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.
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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 for a car seat – most will meet you at the airport.

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Welcome

Welcome helps you make the most of your travels by providing airport transfer services, essential products, pre-ordered tickets to top attractions, tips and tailor-made experiences led by locals. Baby seats are complimentary.
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Suntransfers

Book a private transfer or shared shuttle at over 400 airports, stations and ports worldwide
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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 attraction tickets ahead of time. It’s amazing how much time this can save you by avoiding the ticket line-ups.

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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.
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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.

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