London lifestyle & travels with kids and babies
The story & the choice of name: We started the blog for fun and sharing some of our tips and best places to travel with a baby; it became over time also a handy list of toddler travel essentials and handy collection of best trips with kids. Zen? Really Zen ? Well, mostly aspirational and ironic. It’s active, it’s cultured, it’s diverse, there’s sun, there’s snow, diving, snorkelling, skiing and paddle boarding, there’s lots on Europe and our favourite worldwide luxury hotels with kidsclubs, there’s glamping and nature retreats, dolphins, sharks, turtles, lots of cultural trips and sushi, chateaux and relais and fine dining.
The art of travelling with baby and / or kids? Well, babies’ happy routines involve planning, structure and habits. Travel 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. Since our second is around, the balance is rather tilted on drama and tantrums coming out of nowhere and leaving as they came. Parenting? My take on it, well, the hard work is so undeniably there, one should aim to make the most out of it.
That literally meant taking our first very little man to gastro-pubs, starting with 3 days old; attending friends wedding in Rome when he was 5 weeks old and indulging Amalfi 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, in his first three months we squeezed in Tenerife, Halkidiki and plenty of gorgeous mansions and castles around London – always much better behave when travelling than at home.
The scribbler of Zen Babytravel: London based for over 15 years, travel and culture addict, mum of 2 lovely cheeky monkeys roughly 6 and 3 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.
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 and constantly looking back with nostalgia. 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.
Travel list includes so far over 55 countries: Antigua, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, China, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Seychelles, Spain, St Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tibet, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, UK, US.
Little wonder so many friends turn to us for travelling advice and tips and best places to travel with a baby, suggestions for toddler travel essentials and inspiration for trips with kids. Aiming here for easy, refreshing and reassuring, life with babies, toddlers and kids is richer and whilst travelling may be slightly more complex, it is still rewarding and enjoyable! Happy travelling all, big and small!