Last pre-kids trip - where to go?
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Aug 17, 2012 2:06 AM Last Post By: TOT_sally
Aug 6, 2012 4:05 AM
Last pre-kids trip - where to go?We have a chance for one last trip before our baby arrives! We'd like to go somewhere for 2 weeks in late September / early October, when I'll be 22 weeks (5 months) pregnant. Of course, we'll still be able to travel once we've got children (as you all prove), but I imagine that things will be different - and probably a bit restricted - for a while.
But I'm completely stuck on where we should go! So, please, please, please help me by suggesting some countries we could visit to have an adventure. We're looking for somewhere a bit different and adventurous - and maybe difficult to visit with children - but which has reasonable health-care and no malaria (I'm up to date on most immunisations, but don't want to take anti-malarials). I expect to be mobile - but probably not up to long bumpy bus journeys, high temperatures/humidity, or extreme sports.
We live in London, and we've travelled widely so we're pretty confident going to different places.
To give you an idea of our preferences, here are some ideas we've had:
1. Ukraine - sounds like a really interesting country, which we'd love to visit (I speak a little Russian - we've previously visited Russia and Central Asia) but the health care seems poor, so I'm not sure it's a good idea while I'm pregnant.
2. Somewhere in Eastern Europe/former USSR. Not sure where though (especially since I might not be able to do a lot of sporty activities). Any suggestions welcome!
3. South Korea - another very interesting country, but it seems that malaria is a risk. In that part of the world, Hong Kong also appeals. We've visited Japan in the past, otherwise that would be perfect
4. Svalbard - we've wanted to see Svalbard for ages, and this would definitely be our last chance for a while, but it's pretty expensive and September/October doesn't seem the best time of year
I'm not that keen on visiting Africa while I'm pregnant; and at the other extreme we'd rather not go to Italy, France etc - since that's where we'll probably spend holidays for the next few years.
Argh! I'm really stuck! Any help would be really appreciated.
Aug 6, 2012 5:34 AM
when i was 5 months pregnant we went to croatia, bosnia and montenegro. you can add or remove any of the neighbouring countries depending on where you've already been and how much time you have. we used public transport and stayed in hostels, so it still felt like proper backpacking even though we were not that far from home as we'd normally travel :)
this year (with the baby) we went to cuba and i think it would also be a good place to go while pregnant. you can travel around by bus, there's plenty to see and people are lovely: if you stay at casas particulares i am sure that being pregnant you'll have 5 star treatment!
some suggestions trying to remember where my friends went while pregnant: south africa, california + hawaii, norway and of course the more "usual" places like france, italy, spain etc.
5 months is a good time to travel, enjoy!
Aug 13, 2012 7:27 AM
2If your doctor thinks you are ok to travel, I can't imagine that Ukraine or anywhere in Eastern Europe would be a problem.
I would not suggest South Korea simply because if there are problems, you are pretty far from home. BTW I can't recall anyone ever mentioning taking malaria medication in South Korea. It is way to far north for this to be a common problem, especially in fall.
I would agree with the suggestion of the Balkans except that living in Europe, it's a great area to travel with young children.
When I was 5 months pregnant with each of my 3 children, my husband and I did hiking inn to inn trips in the US. Once in the Delaware River Valley, once in Vermont and once on the Eastern Shore. You have a car and you hike only as far as you want each day and stay in B&Bs at night.
Aug 17, 2012 2:06 AM
Congratulations on your pregnancy.
I have mentioned this before in previous posts.
Where ever you decide to travel to consider your travel insurance. There is usually a clause which states that"pre existing conditions are not covered in an emergency" and this includes pregnancy.
So consider this when choosing your destination or go where your health cover will cover you.
Happy travels and enjoy your last holiday as just a couple.
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