There’s always that moment before you go on a trip where you wonder if you have misjudged your plans – this is even more true when you are traveling as a family. I remember sitting on the plane before doing our big med trip last year and wondering if it was going to be as successful as we hoped. I’ll admit there were some hiccups along the way – I’m looking at you earthquake – but our trip in particular our experience in Rome inspired us in our future travels (you can read about our big trip planning here). So here is a low down of places we’ve been and how they have inspired us for future travel with our baby contrary to what people have told us!
What we’ve been told: You can’t do a big city with a baby
Place of inspiration: Rome
What we’ve learnt: there are plenty of places in cities that make it easy for families to travel to cities! It’s easy to get supplies and lots of places for down time.
What it’s inspired us to do: since this trip we’ve added a lot more cities to our round the world trip itinirary – stayed tuned for our location reveals!
What we’ve been told: You can’t do 5*luxury with a baby
What we’ve learnt: it can be done but pick the hotel wisely. Location, atmosphere and ethos are all key things to look out for when booking luxury with a baby! Aside from one bad hotel – here’s looking at you hotel Miramar we have found that luxury hotels are actually great places to stay especially if you can find places billed as family friendly such as the luxury bab al Shams desert resort!
What it’s inspired us to do: while we are mixing it up travel accomodation and transportation mode wise but we are definitely including luxury in our plans
What we’ve been told: Cruises aren’t baby/toddler friendly holidays
Place of inspiration: Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the seas
What we’ve learnt: that cruises are a great holiday for babies
What it’s inspired us to do: since this trip we’ve booked lots more cruises. This September we are going on a princess cruise around Japan, South Korea and Russia! We’ve also added a cruise to our round the world itinerary – stayed tuned for the reveal!
What we’ve been told: travel to hot countries is difficult with a baby
Place that inspired us: Doha
What we’ve learnt; living in the Middle East there was no choice but to take baby out in the hot weather! And it is totally doable if you plan your day correctly. Check out our post on surviving the middle eastern summer with a baby!
What it’s inspired us to do: we have added plenty of warm weather destinations such as Singapore into our future travel plans.
What we were told: baby won’t cope with harsh winters after the Middle East weather
Place the inspired us: Stockholm, Sweden
What we’ve learnt: as long as you prepare babies are pretty adaptable. We wrote our key lessons for visiting cities in the winter here
What it has inspired us to do: one of the top places on my bucket list is china. We were worried about timing our visit here on our world trip as it will be very cold and snowy. But we have decided to embrace this and hopefully get some great pictures of the baby on the Great Wall covered in snow
What places have inspired you to do more family travel – how has it changed your family travel plans?