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Zen and the art of travelling with a baby

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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! 

 

Zen Babytravel World Map

SvalbardSpainUnited States of AmericaAntarcticaSouth GeorgiaFalkland IslandsBoliviaPeruEcuadorColombiaVenezuelaGuyanaSurinameFrench GuianaBrazilParaguayUruguayArgentinaChileGreenlandCanadaUnited States of AmericaUnited States of AmericaIsraelJordanCyprusQatarUnited Arab EmiratesOmanYemenSaudia ArabiaIraqAfghanistanTurkmenistanIranSyriaSingaporeChinaMongoliaPapua New GuineaBruneiIndonesiaMalaysiaMalaysiaTiawanPhilippinesVietnamCambodiaLaosThailandBurmaBangladeshSri LankaIndiaBhutanNepalPakistanAfghanistanTurkmenistanTajikistanKyrgyzstanUzbekistanJapanNorth KoreaSouth KoreaRussiaKazakhstanRussiaMontenegroPortugalAzerbaijanArmeniaGeorgiaUkraineMoldovaBelarusRomaniaBulgariaMacedoniaSerbiaBosonia & HerzegovinaTurkeyGreeceAlbaniaCroatiaHungarySlovakiaSloveniaMaltaSpainPortugalSpainFranceItalyItalyAustriaSwitzerlandBelgiumFranceIrelandUnited KingdomNorwaySwedenFinlandEstoniaLatviaLithuaniaRussiaPolandCzech RepublicGermanyDenmarkThe NetherlandsIcelandEl SalvadorGuatemalaPanamaCosta RicaNicaraguaHondurasBelizeMexicoTrinidad & TobagoPuerto RicoDominican RepublicHaitiJamaicaThe BahamasCubaVanuatuAustraliaSolomon IslandsFijiNew CaledoniaNew ZealandEritreaEthiopiaDjiboutiSomaliaKenyaUgandaTanzaniaRwandaBurundiMadagascarNamibiaBotswanaSouth AfricaLesothoSwazilandZimbabweMozambiqueMalawiZambiaAngolaDemocratic Repbulic of CongoRepublic of CongoGabonEquatorial GuineaCentral African RepublicCameroonNigeriaTogoGhanaBurkina FassuCote d'IvoireLiberiaSierra LeoneGuineaGuinea BissauThe GambiaSenegalMaliMauritaniaNigerWestern SaharaSudanChadEgyptLibyaTunisiaMoroccoAlgeria

 

Map Legend: 20%, 55 of 263 Territories
 Travelled around before and after baby
 Travelled around before babies
 Travelled around with baby
 Travelled around whilst pregnant
 Travelled around whilst pregnant & with baby

 

Antigua and BarbudaAustraliaAustriaBarbadosBelgiumBahamas, TheBelizeBrazilBulgariaChinaCayman IslandsCubaCyprusDominicaDominican RepublicEgyptFijiFranceGermanyGreeceGuatemalaHondurasCroatiaHungaryIsraelItalyKenyaMonacoMoroccoMauritiusMaltaMaldivesMexicoMalaysiaNigeriaNetherlandsPortugalRomaniaPuerto RicoSaint Kitts and NevisSeychellesSloveniaSpainSaint LuciaSwitzerlandUnited Arab EmiratesThailandTunisiaTurkeyUnited KingdomUnited StatesSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesBritish Virgin IslandsVirgin IslandsHoly See (Vatican City)

 

The world is my oyster


7 comments on “Zen and the art of travelling with a baby

  1. Anna Nuzzo
    May 31, 2015

    Wonderful! This blog is exactly what I was looking for!! I am 9 months pregnant with my first child and summer is coming… and I do not know where to go on hols with a little baby!! I will enjoy browsing. Great idea 🙂

    Anna

    • Babytraveldiaries
      May 31, 2015

      Congrats Anna! Great to hear the blog is helping 🙂 Best of luck & do not hesitate to shout for specific questions.

  2. gabriel
    June 5, 2015

    Hi, I have two questions:
    1) how do you have romantic meals on your hollidays?
    2) how do you warm up and prepare meals for the baby on the hotel room
    thanks,
    Gabriel

  3. Babytraveldiaries
    June 6, 2015

    Hey Gabriel ! 1) It really depends on the baby age, time zone/ time differences, hotel facilities, your baby and what parents are comfortable with. Here are few tricks that worked in our case: a. up to 7/8 months on holidays we found it was quite ok to have romantic and occasionally long meals with considerable bubbles with a baby sleeping in the pram; this works well with romantic seaside restaurants where the ambiance is rather calm and music on the subtle side. b. after the age of 8 months our favourite solution was an arrangement with a baby monitor or 2 phones – Skype like call; this works well if the wifi is ok and you’re not too far from the room. c. certain hotels baby friendly hotels have baby monitoring facilities, they are happy to keep an eye and let you know if he/ she wakes up to have its own party. d. the safest arrangement would be a babysitter, ideally somebody who already spent a couple of hours with the baby during the day; this worked well for us for diving trips (or whatever activities you fancy doing together as a couple without a baby) and a cool restaurant outside the resort (if you fancy something local or a different venue). 2) I’d certainly recommend picking a baby friendly hotel and they will be pleased to warm up, mash and prepare the freshest food for you usually at no cost. I am currently working on a post with tips for booking baby & toddler friendly holiday hopefully in a final shape early next week.

  4. Courtney
    September 20, 2015

    Love the blog and the idea of traveling with a baby! 🙂 thebhardwajlife.blogspot.ca

  5. alongcamebuddy
    March 14, 2016

    Wow! I am rather jealous – what wonderful jet setting you do 🙂 Can’t wait to hear how it goes with two. xx

    • Zen Babytravel
      March 14, 2016

      Yes we are also curious, excited and dreading simultaneously the transition to 4 🙂 for sure will keep you all posted! xo

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