Going with 1-year old, but where?
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Nov 25, 2012 3:31 AM Last Post By: LadyLuna
Nov 18, 2012 3:15 PM
Going with 1-year old, but where?Me and my wife will go on a pretty big journey next year, with our daughter who will be one year old.
We have to decide soon, but have been unable to pick the destination, we have been around and done some rough journeys in central Asia, the Caucasus, and northern Africa. So we are not unfamiliar to longer, les traveled road.
The Question is, witch of our drawn-up countries/regions are ok for a 1-year old. I am thinking of bacteria, quality of food, diseases, hygiene, sanitary, healthcare, and so on!
This is our alternative:
Papua New Guinea/Solomon Islands
What would you recommend? What should we consider to visit when she is older.
Any help is appreciated
Nov 21, 2012 1:19 AM
1Do you mean sticking to one of those regions?
The first thing you probably need to decide is whether to put your child on anti-malarials. Some of your Africa route and parts of other regions would require it. Your child is old enough, but people vary in whether they are happy to give anti-malarials and for how long. You should check a good malaria map like the one on the fitfortravel website.
The second point may be when you are planning to travel as weather (such as monsoons) will affect when will be best. In Asia monsoon generally brings a lot of dengue and other health problems in some parts (India in particular).
Another deciding factor for me is access to healthcare - particularly for a child still so young. If your child was to fall ill you may need fast access to medical care. Having to travel anywhere, sometimes, with a sick child is very difficult (and very scary).
If it was me, I would leave Africa for later. Young kids often don't get a lot out of the wildlife which would be the highlight for me. Namibia involves long driving distances which can be tedious with a young child. SA and Botswana are good options... mozambique would have limited medical care.
In Asia - Sri Lanka is a much nicer option than India. It is clean, lacks the class structure of India yet gives a taste of what India is like. India is a challenge with young kids and presents many health risks (I am raising my kids in India). You should really only go if it's something you really want to see. The Thailand -Singapore route is usually well traveled with families (and for good reasons!). Parts of Indonesia are also good.
Oceania - this would be an expensive trip. PNG and Solomons probably aren't the best options for a young child (malaria and poor health care). Vanuatu is a better alternative. It is expensive though and still has significant health risks in parts (and poor health care). Fiji is a good option in this region - and of course NZ and Australia.
Nov 24, 2012 1:29 AM
2Keen on Africa, the you just left out the most rewarding country in regards to wildlife, culture and beaches. Kenya is more rewarding , being the home of the world famous Maasai Mara, and the home of the highest number of both black and white Rhinos. It also has world class hospitals, world class restaurants and if you are a safari person, it is the home of the exclusive boutique Lodges, Tented Camps and luxury tree house plus beach front five star facilities. Tell us what you interests are so that we may advice more.
Nov 24, 2012 12:22 PM
3With a one-year-old, I would worry about malaria in Africa, diarrhea in India/Nepal, and dengue in both. I would be inclined to head to southeast Asia in the dry season, i.e. Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, maybe Laos. I would save Africa for when the kids are teenagers and can appreciate it more, and I'd say Sri Lanka and India are good as soon as the kids are past the putting-everything-in-their-mouths stage, maybe age 4 as a minimum. I think you could do the North America/Mexico route any time, but the North American segment will be quite expensive and considerably less interesting than most of your other alternatives. If you're quite keen on India, you'd be safest sticking to Kerala and possibly Goa and Mumbai -- Kerala in particular seemed much cleaner and easier to travel than many other regions we've been to. The issue to weigh in both Africa and Central/South America is the higher likelihood of violent crime. It gets tiring having to consider that all the time, everywhere you go, but it can be a constant consideration in some of those countries -- whereas we never gave it a moment's thought in most of Asia.
So, that doesn't really give you an answer but maybe some things to think about! Good luck.
Nov 25, 2012 3:31 AM
4We took our son to Argentina when he was around one year old, and then him and his little sister to Cambodia and Malaysia when she was just short of one year old. I would say that both Argentina and Malaysia were very easy destinations with the little ones. Both countries have good infrastructure, all sorts of baby articles are widely available, health care is available and of high standards if necessary and there is(mostly) no risk of malaria. There is also lots to see for the parents, we even took the boy for a day of wine tasting in Mendoza! Food is also great in both places. Cambodia was a great experience too, but we stayed only in the most touristy areas to not take any unnecessary risks.
Good luck whatever you decide to do, travel with the little ones is a lot of fun and you will have a great time for sure:-)
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