RTW With a 1 Year Old
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Sep 26, 2013 12:58 PM Last Post By: ChristineOnTheGo
Sep 13, 2013 5:14 PM
RTW With a 1 Year OldHi,
My partner and I are planning to travel around the world with our (will be) 1 year old next June. We will be visiting S.E Asia, Central America and South America. Thankfully no one has yet said we're mad (!) and my confidence is growing as I read about others experience and feel better knowing our son can have the majority of vaccinations.
We plan to visit china (getting there by Trans Siberian Exp), Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines, French Polynesia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and finishing in the Caribbean. We expect to be away for 12-14 months.
We obviously have so much planning to do and I am factoring in lots of long stays to make sure our son is well rested. I just wondered if anyone can advise if there is a country to avoid in my list or, a country to visit I haven't mentioned? I'd love to hear from anyone who has travelled long term with a child or anyone who is planning to do something similar at a similar time... Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
We have a mid range budget and will not need to work whilst away although we would like to do WOOF in a Central American country.
Thank you! :0)
Sep 14, 2013 3:42 AM
1That's a lot of countries in one year. It might be possible if you don't want to see much of each place, or, like to be on the move constantly (which would be tough for one year with a toddler). Even so, it will be exhausting and you'll miss some of the highlights. Most people find when travelling with young kids that they need to take it slow and break the trip up with longer stays in some places. So, it may be good to revise your list of countries and think about what you really want to see.
For example, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore then into Indonesia is easy, but Sri Lanka and Philippines are a little out of the way and in different directions! Maybe leave these out this trip? Or change Indonesia, with Sri Lanka or Philippines. Indonesia is the most interesting of the three, but you wouldn't really have time to explore the best places. Sri Lanka is very easy and nice to travel. We weren't so taken with Philippines, but perhaps we didn't go to the right places.
Sep 15, 2013 4:41 AM
2I second that your list of countries is long and you might want to slow down, especially if you need to work. But I really came on to offer more encouragement- you'll have a great time. I haven't travelled for that long but have travelled with a couple of one year olds. It's a lot of fun with kids. Only advice (if someone was asking) would be to sloooowwww down, travel days are only for travel and you might want a super quiet day either side if a big journey, and the other thing (as your baby is obviously tiny right now,) is to be an "attachment parent" but start making your baby's world varied from now! Lots of breastfeeding, gentle parenting, carrying in a mei tai or similar, lots of napping out and about and at different times and places. Might help hm/her grow into an easy going, adaptable toddler! Good luck. Another thing is that longer stays, even a week in same place allows you to meet and build trust with potential babysitters so you can off once in a while and do something grown up. (I'm more interested in kids free time now that I have three of them ;)
Sep 18, 2013 3:39 PM
3Thanks for your advice. We're going to review the amount of countries we visit and I did wonder if we were being a bit too ambitious. I don't expect to see everything and was trying to accommodate the length a visa allows.
Thanks wanderbugs, its great to hear from those that have travelled with young children. I'm trying to show him as much as possible but your advice has given me the nudge to do more whilst he's young.
Sep 18, 2013 9:13 PM
I am planning on starting a family soon and worried I may not end up travelling to the places I want to travel to because of some things other people have told me about travelling with kids.
Despite this I am determined to still give it a go in the future, so I wish you luck and please let me know how you go! I bet you will have a wonderful time!
Sep 20, 2013 6:09 PM
5Hi Julzym, I must admit, when my son came along I did think travelling was a thing for the future (when he left home!) but I've read many testimonials recently that encourage travelling with kids and I don't see why we can't do it. Common sense and sticking to the tourist routes hopefully means we'll be ok and those I've told have been so positive.
Good luck with your family and definitely don't give up the travelling. Kids are loved worldwide and it will shape them as toddlers and as young people. X
Sep 23, 2013 12:47 AM
6We travel with our kids a lot, and I agree with Nicru. While having a child changes how you travel (and sometimes where you travel) and can be exhausting at times, it is just as rewarding. And, when you are in non-western places where kids tend to be better tolerated, then you end up interacting with local people in different, better, ways. You need to pay attention to health concerns and often slow down (although for short trips we have never had to really do this with our kids - they are quite content being in a new place every 1-2 nights). But, for babies and toddlers you actually don't need to worry too much about where you go - they tend to be content with very little, provided they eat when hungry and sleep when tired! So, this is still not a bad time to see what you want to see. After all, the baby is not going to remember the travel, but you will.
Sep 26, 2013 12:58 PM
7The other positive to traveling with children--and even more so with babies--is that you will meet locals in a totally different way. People see you more as parents of this cute little thing, rather than as tourists. I can't tell you how slowly we move sometimes with small kids who ask to pet every. single. dog, but we end up chatting with people of all stripes because of it.
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