Travel with Children
Family is important in the Caucasus, and children are considered treasured gifts from God. Local people love meeting children and are very relaxed with them – it’s perfectly normal for strangers to strike up a conversation over kids, and for the most part people will be extremely considerate towards travellers with children.
- Children are only likely to enjoy travel in the region if they enjoy the things most travellers do here, such as hiking, horse riding and visiting monuments.
- Journeys in sweltering, crowded minivans and buses can be trying, and delays and minor inconveniences can make life difficult travelling on a budget.
- Resort areas like Batumi (Georgia) and Qəbələ (Azerbaijan) have some child-friendly attractions.
- Most Azerbaijani woodland retreats have toddler play areas.
- Disposable nappies are sold in the larger towns, but may be hard to come by elsewhere.
- Extra beds for children sharing a parents’ room are often available at no, or low, cost.
Lonely Planet’s Travel with Children is full of practical tips on both planning and travelling with kids.