Category: Travel Published on Friday, 13 April 2012 15:09 Written by Cameron and Nicole Wears
The statement confused us.
Obviously traveling with a baby is a completely different experience, but that doesn’t mean that we should stop traveling just because we have a baby. It simply means that our travels will need to evolve with the times.
What confused us most was that some people actually believe that having a baby means sacrificing your passions. That we should stop doing the things that we love because it’s too scary or difficult with a baby. Where do they get these crazy ideas?
Of course, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t nervous about our first trip with a 3-month old baby.
Our biggest worry was how Baby B would respond to the flight. Will the air pressure bother him? Will he scream while we pass through security? Will we get stuck sitting beside an unforgiving passenger that gives us the stink eye whenever we need to use the bathroom?
We are very happy, and relieved, that Baby B’s first flight was a success. He seems to be a natural!
This recent trip to California taught us that traveling with a newborn baby isn’t as scary as it sounds. It just requires a little planning and a little patience. But it’s so worth it. We had so much fun watching him roll around in the soft grass for the first time in his life - it was priceless!
However, we quickly learned that baby travel is a very different experience.
Gone are the days of impulsive adventures (at least temporarily). We now need to plan our days in advance and chose our activities wisely, which isn’t a big deal but it does require a different approach.
One afternoon, we decided to take a road trip to Joshua Tree National Park, thinking it would be a simple 2-3 hour adventure. We did very little research ahead of time, but thought it would be a fun way to spend the afternoon. After all, that’s what we do when we travel - right?
Well, that’s how we USED to travel.
When we arrived at the park entrance we realized that we had committed to a 5-hour road trip. Normally this wouldn’t have been a problem at all, but we learned an important lesson that afternoon – we now need to plan even simple activities!
We paid for this oversight with an unhappy screaming baby – not ideal, but it really wasn’t that bad.
We’ve been warned by other traveling parents that it’s easier to travel with an infant than with a curious toddler that has little understanding of danger. I guess we’ll find out soon enough!
About the Author: "The Traveling Canucks are Cameron and Nicole Wears, a married couple and newbie parents living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. A passion for travel and outdoor adventure has taken them to over 50 countries on 6 continents in the past 7 years. Follow their adventures by visiting their Travel Blog and following them on Twitter and Facebook.
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