How travel has changed now we have a baby! The first six months 

How travel has changed now we have a baby! The first six months 

Everybody said that travel would change and in the worst cases stop as soon as we had a baby! We were very prepared for the change but were never going to stop. So how has travel changed in now we have an almost six month old?

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The truth is …

In many ways it hasn’t! It has actual surprised us how little it has changed. So what are the ways it has and hasn’t changed.

The destinations

We have been on several international trips with Baby E mainly to the UK! This is probably the biggest change we have had. As we are expats in Qatar, we have had to bring baby E back to meet family and friends and to hold her christening! Normally we wouldn’t do this many trips to the Uk so close together as we really love exploring new places. However this isn’t a permenant change. Over the next six months we have plans to go on adventures to Italy, France , Spain and the Seychelles so normal adventure service will resume soon.

Baby E’s UK Christening

Flights

We would never normally take  overnight flights and now we find ourselves purposefully planning trips around availability of nighttime flights. We find night flights disrupt schedules far less and make for a far easier trip for Mum and dad.

Baby E’s first flight

But this is the only way it has changed so far

How it hasn’t changed 

What we do! 

We thought our pace of travel would slow down dramatically but in truth it hasn’t. Now I’m not naive I know it will have to change however as it turns out babies, if your bag s properly prepared, are very easy to travel with. Take a look at our 48 hours in Oxford itinerary to see how much we got done on a recent break.

Visiting New College Oxford

Where we go

So far Baby E hasn’t changed the sights we see. We have managed to visit Oxford colleges, museums and stately homes to name a few. We just make sure we are ready to take breaks and always know where cafes are should we need to do a feed or take a break.
My advice for other parents

Take advantage in the first six months. Babies are portable and so long as you are prepared you can enjoy some quality time as a family.

How did travel change for you in your first six months as parents? I’d love to hear your advice and stories 

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22 Comments

  1. September 29, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    That’s so lovely – barely six month old and already a frequent flier!

    • September 29, 2016 / 9:11 pm

      Thank you – have to do lots of flights being expats but looking forward to more exotic destinations soon

  2. October 4, 2016 / 8:03 am

    My wife and I often wonder about this. We fly long haul return flights every 3 months. A baby in the mix would make that quite a bit more interesting I imagine!

    Good on you. We are holding off for now.

    • October 4, 2016 / 8:41 am

      The most challenging part is the hand luggage but it actually has been surprisingly easy so far – I’ll post updates

  3. October 4, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    What lovely photos, and I have to say that you make it all look very easy. We didn’t go anywhere in the early months, but you are right when you mention how portable tiddlers are at that age. Friends have said that this was the easiest age to go away on holiday! Thanks so much for sharing with the #DreamTeam

    • October 4, 2016 / 2:23 pm

      Aw thank you – as expats we have to travel so have just bit the button and it hasn’t been as hard as expected. Hopefully it will carry on being manageable

  4. October 6, 2016 / 8:34 am

    We are off to Rome at the end of this month. Hope you have a good trip ?

  5. October 10, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    So true! We took ours to Spain at the age of 3 months. I would quite happily fly more but Hubby doesn’t get much holiday and our eldest us now at school. How wet we have weekends away planned in October and Decemember! Must find something for November as when they start crawling it’s a whole different ball game! Stopping by from #DreamTeam X

    • October 11, 2016 / 6:54 am

      Agree – it is all been easy so far so may be a different story next year but we are ploughing on with travel plans regardless. Next year’s updates may contain more despair lol! Hope you have a lovely time on your weekends away ?

  6. October 12, 2016 / 10:08 pm

    Wow it is so inspiring to see how much travelling you have done since having the baby. It will change as the little one grows but if they are used to travelling then I can’t see it changing too much. #MarvMondays

    • October 13, 2016 / 6:42 am

      Thank you.fingers crossed you are right and she will just be a tot that’s use to travel.

  7. October 14, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    Its so great that you guys still get out and about and travel with your little one. I totally agree that travel doesnt have to be scary with babies. We didnt go anywhere abroad with our first until she was 2 years old and regretted it. Second time round we took our 6 week old baby and 3 year old all the way to mauritius to make up for it! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays, great ot have you join us 🙂 Emily

    • October 15, 2016 / 6:42 am

      Mauritius sounds lovely. Travel is really important to us so we figure so long as we are sensible and plan ahead we should be fine. We’ll do regular updates so we’ll see how it goes

  8. December 14, 2016 / 8:05 am

    Amazing that you haven’t let a baby change your plans – she has just become part of them – just wonderful! I’ve enjoyed reading your posts of places you visit! Hope you do manage to travel to all the places on your list and I look forward to reading #FamilyFun

    • December 14, 2016 / 9:25 am

      Thank you! I hope so too! More adventures imminent ?

  9. December 14, 2016 / 9:24 am

    Aww thanks that’s lovely – hope we can offer some useful tips and inspiration

  10. December 14, 2016 / 11:26 am

    Fantastic that little one has fitted in so easily with your travelling. At least at that age they will sleep through the flight 🙂
    #familyfun

    • December 14, 2016 / 11:38 am

      Yes when she is on the move it might be a different story

  11. December 14, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    Ah I totally agree with this. They are at their easiest to travel with when they are tiny. We have now got to the stage where we have two walkers and 1 and 2 year old. We still travel and fly but a lot more planning goes into and the journeys are much shorter. Travel is still possible but you have to be on your A game entertaining them for thre duration. Night flights are the way forward! Thanks for sharing at #familyfun

  12. December 14, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    We’ve taken our little man camping to Scotland and made use of YHAs for his first year. I’d say nothing has changed for us too. We have no desire to go abroad though. We’ve even been cycle camping with him once or twice. He’s 17 months now and can’t wait to take him away as a toddler camping next year!! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

    • December 15, 2016 / 5:17 am

      Glad to hear you still get to go camping. Must admit it’s the only type of holiday I don’t think I’ve done and i can’t imagine doing it in the rain but maybe will give it a go in the desert

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