Travelling with kids (and babies)
The scribbler of Zen Babytravel: London based travel addict, mum of a lovely cheeky monkey roughly 4 and 2 years old. English, French and Romanian speaker and potentially some Italian and Spanish in dire situations. Business background for over 15 years in London, with a master degree in Communications & PR and a business master @ Oxford & Paris. Travel list includes so far over 55 countries: Antigua, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, China, Croatia, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Romania, Serbia, Seychelles, Spain, St Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tibet, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, UK, US.
The story & the choice of name: Zen? Really Zen ? Well, half aiming for Zen but mostly, half ironic. As Zen as a mum could ever get. The art of travelling with baby and / or kids? Well, babies’ happy routines involve planning, structure and habits. Travelling involves quite a bit of opposite, but again you could aim for, naively and happily (50%), observe and take clues from baby (20%), re-plan and re-structure (25%) and go with the flow (5%). Toddler wise, we all had sensible lovely moments and completely unreasonable meltdowns. Motherhood? My take on it, well, the hard work is so undeniably there, every little occasion should be used make it more pleasant and re-energise yourself.
That literally meant taking our first very little man to gastro-pubs, starting with 3 days old; attending a wedding in Rome when he was 5 weeks old and enjoying Amalfi cuisine and sights when he was 6 weeks; getting some winter sun first in Dubai and then Abu Dhabi when he was 4 months, experiencing European continental winters at 5 months, the Caribbean at 7 months and so on. Our second son also starting travelling very early, more specifically in his first three months has been dragged round and seemed to enjoy very much the Tenerife, Halkidiki and plenty of gorgeous mansions and castles around London.
Having suffered from the travel bug my entire life, I’ve seen no reason to do anything different when I was pregnant and once we had our first baby. The first 6 months of my first pregnancy had been lucky enough to enjoy a sort of paid sabbatical, which took me around Barbados, Grenadines, Dominica, Australia and Fiji. The first year with our first baby we kept on travelling more or less monthly basis, Rome, Amalfi, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Brasov , Dominican Republic, Liguria, Bucharest, Cornwall, Crete, Rome – full circle. Loved to share those experiences, pictures included. After 11 months maternity first time round, I eventually returned to a full time job in banking. With 30 days holidays per year though we continued travelling, pretty much every other month.
Little wonder so many friends turn to us for travelling advice, suggestions and inspiration. Aiming here for easy, refreshing and reassuring, life with babies, toddlersand kids is richer and whilst travelling is slightly more complex is still rewarding and enjoyable.
Happy travelling all, big and small!