Baby Bucket List – Top 10 Pre-preganancy and Pre-parenthood Travel Bucket List Items

Baby Bucket List – Top 10 Pre-preganancy and Pre-parenthood Travel Bucket List Items

Travel has always been a big part of mine and Wandermust Daddy’s life and we were determined that travel would stop just because we had a baby (You can read more about why we have and why we will continue travelling with our baby here)! Saying that, we knew it would change! So before we had Baby E we made a baby bucket list – this is what was on it:

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1. Do a holiday which you can’t do with children

For us this was visiting a malaria zone and going gorilla trekking. Our line in the sand for travelling with children is always about health and safety and we won’t travel to malarial zones with Baby E!

Also gorilla trekking is an activity that can’t be done until children are at least fifteen years old. We didn’t want to wait that long to experience this so this was our last ‘big’ holiday before Baby E came along!

Gorilla trekking in Uganda

You can read about our gorilla trekking and our Ugandan adventure here

2. Go to an adults only hotel

I love kids, but it was nice to have one last indulgence at an adults only hotel –  it’s going to be a long time before we can do that again!

Buckingham place Sri Lanka

For our last adults only indulgence we went to the beautiful Buckingham Place located in Tangalle on the South Coast of Sri Lanka. This is absolutely my favourite hotel in the world and you can read about why here.

3. Go on a wine tour

Pregnancy is just a list of things that you can’t do. Alcohol being perhaps the biggest!  As a wine fan  I definitely had a wine tour on my pre-pregnancy list. We went on a wine tour in Stellenbosch and Franschoek just outside of Cape Town. It was fantastic.

Doing a wine tour in Stellenbosch


We also went to the City of London Distellery (COLD) for my last pre-pregnancy birthday. The cocktails there are really extraordinary and unusual! You can read our review here!

COLD London


4. Indulge in relaxation

Something I wish I had done more and didn’t! There are no hot tubs once pregnant so go and enjoy all the different treatments on offer before you start worrying about which ones are suitable. A pre-natal massage is lovely but they are never quite as good as regular ones in my opinion.

Relaxing at The Chedi

We also enjoyed a Beach break at the lovely Chedi Hotel in Muscat and just enjoyed lazying on the beach and reading a book. You can read about our time at The Chedi here!

5.Book a hotel with a great bath

Hot baths are a no-no once pregnant and was perhaps the hardest thing I had to give up. Try and book a hotel room with an amazing bath tub and indulge in some me time.

My worst hotel experience while pregnant was checking into a hotel with the most amazing bath I have ever seen and then realised I couldn’t get in or out of it because I was travelling solo at almost eight months pregnant!

6. Do a naughty food tour

Soft cheeses and deli meats are another thing on the no-no list. There are just so many. So before getting pregnant why not go on a food tour and pig out on the foods you will miss for the next nine months.

Enjoying no-no foods in Puglia

For us, nothing represented the ‘naughty food list’ more than Italy with all of its delicious deli meats and soft cheeses. We went to Puglia and had a proper foodie experience at the exceptional Masseria Il Frantoio. You can read all about it here!

7. Go to a theme park / fun fair

Crazy rides are going to be out of the picture for awhile so go and have a day where you and hubby act like kids.

Not acting out age in Tivoli Gardens

We went to Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen but I already thought I might be pregnant so couldn’t go on any rides. It was still a great day but I wish we had done a theme park before getting pregnant.

Read more about what we did in Copenhagen here.

8. Go to a Michelin starred restaurant.

I am all for taking children to restaurants but somehow never feel like a Michelin starred restaurant is one of those places given the costs diners pay. Have a splurge and go out for an amazing romantic meal.

Christmas at the Berkeley

We went to Marcus at the Berkley and it was AMAZING!

9. Do something adventurous with friends

Many of the adventurous sides of travel will be off limits during pregnancy and like it or not you will not have as much free time once baby arrives. Why not combine the two and have an amazing day!

Speedboating down the Thames

We went on a speedboat down the Thames with friends for my 30th Birthday. Speedboats are another no-no so why not indulge now! You can read about our experience on the Thames Rib Boat here.

10. Appreciate your city 
During the later parts of pregnancy when you can no longer fly, why not take the time to enjoy your own city while there is still only the two of you.

Having fun exploring Qatar

We loved exploring Doha (read about our adventures here) or perhaps even take a home town staycation. We had a great staycation babymoon at the Intercon. Heres our review!

What’s your advice for a pre-pregnancy / pre-parenthood bucket list? What was your baby bucket list?

If you want to fly while pregnant but suffer from morning sickness the read our survival guide! 



  1. March 12, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    We did the same thing! When I was pregnant we went on our last summer holiday “just for us” we stayed in a nice hotel and we went on excursions that we couldn’t do with a baby (think 8 hours hopping on and off a boiling hot coach!)
    It was amazing the things we did and places we went and it was so special.

    • March 12, 2017 / 1:23 pm

      It is so worth doing! Glad you had a great trip for just the two of You

    • March 31, 2017 / 11:51 am

      Yeah, we too.
      Last year we went on holiday just for us. And it was pretty amazing. Although I was 8 months pregnant then and it was quite hard to walk much but anyway.. We did sightseeing.
      I have to mention compression socks. They helped me so much that now I recommend them to every pregnant woman.
      But yeah, after a long day we stayed at the hotel, had a lovely dinner.. At that time it was everything I needed and after that, I was loaded with positive energy and ready to experience last month of pregnancy. 🙂

      • March 31, 2017 / 1:34 pm

        Yes you are right – compression socks are an essential for travelling while pregnant

  2. March 12, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    That was for #sundaybest 😉

  3. March 13, 2017 / 7:00 am

    There’s some great tips here…hindsight is a great thing. Goria trekking sounds amazing!! Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays

    • March 13, 2017 / 8:00 am

      Yes indeed! So many things I wish I’d done while I lived in London

  4. March 13, 2017 / 12:02 pm

    I wish I had done this before the kids were born. But we didn’t have much money to travel back then as my husband was in school and we couldn’t afford it. I love traveling with our kids but it would’ve been fun to travel more with just the two of us.

    • March 13, 2017 / 12:12 pm

      We gave ourselves a year after we started earning better money to travel as a couple. We were lucky before then that we got some good travel deals. I agree though travelling with kids is amazing

  5. March 13, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this. Travel is a huge part of my life and I can’t see myself giving that up. Having said I know there experiences that won’t be as easy to do once we have kids. I still don’t know when that will be but lately I’ve been approaching my trips with a ‘last chance’ in mind. A great bucketlist.

  6. March 13, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    Brilliant list and I think we’ve completely forgotten how to go out as a couple until our recent trip to Wales. Gorilla trekkinh sounds just amazing and a naughty foodie Tour would be right up there on my list 🙂

    • March 13, 2017 / 1:15 pm

      Both were brilliant. Glad you’ve had a trip recently as a couple

  7. March 13, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    Great ideas! I remember doing all these things pre kids! #mondayescapes

  8. March 13, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    Great ideas! We went to Marcus at the Berkeley when I was pregnant and I couldn’t have the cheeseboard and so I think your advice is good! Thanks for sharing with #MondayEscapes

    • March 13, 2017 / 6:43 pm

      I couldn’t have the cheese board either but they did make a very good non alcoholic cocktail

  9. March 13, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    This is such a great list of things to do and places to go before baby arrives. I so wish we’d some things like this too. You went to so many wonderful places. Im determined to travel more with the little ones this year so will definitely be checking out the rest of your blog for tips! Fab post, thanks for linking up lovely. Emily #MarvMondays

    • March 14, 2017 / 4:28 am

      Hope you find the blog useful – where you thinking of going

  10. March 13, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    Oh wow. I would LOVE to go Gorilla Trekking! That sounds so amazing! I was 17 when I had my first child, so was unable to do any of these! #MarvMondays

    • March 14, 2017 / 4:29 am

      Gorilla trekking is probably the best travel experience I had!

  11. March 14, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    Prenatal massage is not as good. Probably because you can’t be on your stomach when heavily pregnant. But I had horrible back pain while pregnant. I never had as many massages as I did in that second and third trimester. #MarvMondays

  12. March 15, 2017 / 3:19 am

    Still sounds lovely! I love hanging around in my dressing gown

  13. March 15, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    Such a great list! You have included lots of my favourite places, I got married in Franschoek in South Africa and there was a lot of wine involved! 😀 Love the sound of the Gorilla trek, that must have been such an incredible experience! 🙂 #mondayescapes

  14. March 17, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    Oh wow I love all these ideas – especially Uganda & Sri Lanka #marvmondays

  15. March 17, 2017 / 11:04 pm

    What a great idea for a list! the naughty food tour is my fave or maybe the wine! Basically, enjoy yourself and make the most of it before you have a baby! LOL #SundayBest

  16. June 6, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    Great set of suggestions! I’m hoping to be able to come back to some of these when the kids are older. A child-free hotel sounds VERY tempting! #citytripping

  17. June 6, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    We really do have similar tastes! We loved the Chedi (definitely better without kids) and enjoyed Marcus at the Berkley too as well as done Copenhagen and Sri Lanka. Wish we’d been to Uganda though and need to do the SA wine route! What an incredible trip! Thanks for linking #citytripping

  18. June 6, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    Some of this stuff, I didn’t even realise would be a no-no once you’re pregnant or have kids, but you’re right. I was puzzled by the bath, but then realised, there’s no way you’d be able to get out of that thing at 8 months! And I’d never heard of gorilla trekking before, thank you! #CityTripping

  19. June 6, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    My partner and I have been together 15 years without kids, so we’ve been able to get in plenty of kid-free travelling! We might be expanding the family in the next few years, so I’m glad we managed to get so many experiences in first! 🙂

  20. September 2, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    Yay, so happy to find parents who travel! I’m expecting my first in November :). I think we definitely should have made a pre-baby bucket list, but our baby is coming a litttttle bit sooner than we planned, oops ;).

    • September 3, 2017 / 1:40 am

      Still plenty of time to get some travel in! Have you got your little ones first adventure planned? We have lots of resources about this

  21. September 3, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    I definitely agree about adults only hotels!!

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