Category Archives: Travels with baby

An open letter to the Daily Telegraph – Why you SHOULD take your children on foreign holidays

Last week I read this article – the science why you shouldn’t take your children on foreign holidays! It really irked me on the first read but the more I have thought about it and on second read it has annoyed me even more! So I wanted to pen a response to why I think you should take your children on foreign holidays. But first I’m going to dissect why this article really irritated me. 

The title! The title states – the science behind why you shouldn’t take your child on foreign holidays! So what scientific research has been conducted to generate this article. NONE! This piece admittedly was written by Oliver James, a UK based child psychologist! However the evidence put forth in this article seems purely anecdotal with little empirical basis beyond his own family who took nine years of holidays to Cornwall before going to France! It seems his children hated France and therein lies the science why you shouldn’t take your children on foreign holidays! This is not science! I am sure there are many factors why this was the holiday his children didn’t like, not simply because it was the one foreign holiday they took! How can an trained, professional psychologist make such an outrageous claim with no empirical evidence to support it! 

For James, what children need is familiar and unadventurous holidays! This to him means repetition, reasonably warm and ice cream nearby! Why – because apparently until children hit near teens they are completely unequipped to deal with foreign travel! From my limited experience of travelling with my one year old and from experiences of people around me, I have only seen positive effects of travel! 

Admittedly not all of our travel experiences have been successful but without doubt our worst experience was a UK based holiday! Not because it was a ‘home’ holiday but because he accommodation was not what it billed to be! Does this mean I should tell people not to do uk travel – of course not that would be as absurd as James claim that foreign travel is bad for children! 

Now, surprisingly given the title of my article I am not advocating for only foreign travel. I actually thing that any travel, be it a day out with the family to a country park, or a 2 week holiday in the sun is beneficial to children and even more importantly the quality time families spend together! 

But for me, and I think many others, foreign travel with children is something they cherish! 

I recently wrote about why we have and we will continue to travel with our baby ! And I stand by them! I love travelling with out baby – in fact the whole ethos of our blog is inspiring other parents to travel with babies! Now do I believe travelling stays the same when you have babies – absolutely not! And it would be selfish to think it could but it can be adapted. We travel at a much slower pace! And in fact we love this new slower pace. 

We also as I am sure James will be happy to know, keep a structure to our travel days to make sure baby enjoys our travel too! We also make sure we plan activities and meals that we know our baby will love. It takes a bit more research but is well worth it! Also I want my daughter to grow up with a curious, accepting and flexible soul! Foreign travel can certaintly encourage this! 

If you are an expat like us, travel is the only way in which we can connect with and let our baby bond with family! 

I think all these reasons show why – if you want to, you should take foreign holidays with children and not feel guilty about it! 

So in future Daily Telegraph – if you are going to publish “scientific” articles make sure there is empirical, peer reviewed science actually in them! And perhaps accept that holidays, whether day trips at home, holidays in the U.K. and/or foreign travel can all be beneficial to children if you do them right! 

 Part of #marvmondays 

Maldives with a baby – our 5 top tips and recommendations 

The Maldives is thought of as the ultimate honeymoon destination! So that being said it’s not the first place you think Of as a family friendly let alone baby friendly destination. But yet we decided as it’s only a four hour flight away from Doha that it would be a perfect short getaway so here are our top tips and recommendations for doing the Maldives with a baby! Continue reading Maldives with a baby – our 5 top tips and recommendations 

Baby Travel – our first year of Baby Travel in Review

I can’t believe that I’m writing this but today my baby turns 1! Where has all the time gone? I can say without question that this has been the best year of my life. I have loved sharing our travel adventures with our new little travel companion. So I thought it would be nice to look back at our  first year of baby travel in numbers

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Five places that have inspired our future family travel plans 

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!  Continue reading Five places that have inspired our future family travel plans 

European City Breaks with Babies Part Two, N-Z

When we were just a Wandermust Couple, Wandermust Daddy and I loved a city break. I’ve lost count on how many we went on so we were determine to continue when we had children but is it possible to still enjoy a city break with babies?

From our own experience we have found the answer to be undoubtedly yes and as we have looked into it more we have discovered that there are loads of young families out there to inspire you with tales from cities. This round-up features contributes from some of my favourite family travel bloggers telling you about their favourite city breaks they’ve done in Europe with a baby with top tips and advice so you can go to!

PALMA, SPAIN, BY WANDERMUST FAMILY

Here’s what Wandermust Mummy has to say about visiting Palma with a six month old:

At Palma Cathedral

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Our baby travel outtakes & the lessons we’ve learnt 

We are relatively lucky that in all our years of travelling we have not had too many big disasters. One of the worst was losing our luggage in Uganda before going gorilla trekking! The abundance of wine we were travelling with helped but it taught us always to have the essentials in our hand luggage! Oh and travelling with wine is always a good idea! You can read more about our disastrous Ugandan luggage experience here!

Wine helped drown our sorrows in Uganda – explains the blurry camera work!

Continue reading Our baby travel outtakes & the lessons we’ve learnt 

Baby Friendly Cruises – How to choose a baby friendly cruise itinerary!

I love cruises but besides the restaurants, amenities and convenience what I love most about cruises is the ports! I love seeing so many places in bite sized chunks so I know where I want and where I don’t want to go back to and satisfy my wanderlust in a really easy way. When we were travelling as a couple if the itinerary had somewhere new on it we would quite happily go especially if it was good value but now we have a baby we chose our cruise itinerary more carefully. A lot of people question whether there are baby friendly cruises so here are my top tips for picking a baby friendly cruise itinerary:  Continue reading Baby Friendly Cruises – How to choose a baby friendly cruise itinerary!

What is the best cruise cabin for families?

We are experienced cruisers, mainly as a couple but we took Baby E as soon as she hit Royal Caribbean’s 6 month minimum age limit. We have experienced all types of cabins aboard a variety of lines so here are what we think are the best cruise cabins for families with our top tips for making the most out of each stateroom.  Continue reading What is the best cruise cabin for families?

A Day In & Around Montjuic with a Baby

Montjuic is an area on a hill overlooking Barcelona. Anyone whose been to Barcelona, will have seen Montjuic but many will never have been. Is that because there is nothing there of interest? Absolutely not! So here are the top reasons and things you should do  on Montjuic next time you are visiting Barcelona:

How to get there

Montjuic can be reached by walking from Barcelona – if you are prepared for a fairly steep walk, by hop-on-hop-off bus -there are a couple of stops in the Montjuic area or even better take the cable car up.

Cable car in action
The Views
Once you are at the top you are going to be rewarded with spectacular views across both the city and the harbour.

Barcelona skyline from montjuic

It is truly an unrivalled view of the city!
The Parks and Gardens
Montjuic is really a green place. Whether it is walking in the hotel Miramar Gardens or one of the many nearby parks, you can really get out of the city and into some peace and quiet. There is also a great cactus garden and montjuic is home to Barcelona’s botanic gardens.

Enjoying parks and art in montjuic

Attractions 

Montjuic actually has some great attractions – for art lovers there is fundacio miro, for the outdoor lovers – the botanic gardens, for history lovers the montjuic cemetery with many famous graves and for sports fans the Olympic sites. Not to mention the amazing fountain light show which montjuic is perhaps most famous for!

We recommend setting aside a day for the area around montjuic – if you are going up you might as well spend a day in the area

Top tips

  • When visiting with a baby you may want to consider a carrier. It is doable with a pram but some hills are pretty steep.
  • Montjuic has limited food options. Bring a picnic or book a table at Martinez – awesome paella with views to match
Paella at Martinez

Have you visited montjuic? What are your top tips? 

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