Here are a few good reasons to travel with your infant=
One of the most tragic misconceptions about having a baby is that you have to sacrifice your passion for travel. Sure, there are a lot more responsibilities that come with having a child. However, if you have the resources to go, there’s no better time than when your child is a baby.
Here are five reasons why you should travel with a baby, and some tips for doing it right.
It’s More Affordable
If there are places you’ve wanted to visit but haven’t gotten around to, doing so with your baby in tow is an affordable way to do so. Most commercial airlines allow babies under two years of age to fly for free when sitting on an adult’s lap. In many cases, trains and public transit don’t charge for infants either.
Additionally, many employers are putting renewed focus on creating employee engagement by allowing extended parental leave. If you are in a country that has parental leave or work for a company that puts families first, you won’t have to worry about taking time off work to pursue your travel goals.
Makes Better Travelers
The earlier you start traveling with your children, the better travelers they’ll be. If sitting on in an airplane or vehicle for long periods is something they start doing before they have distinct memories, it will become a natural part of life.
By taking your children to different places and allowing them to experience various cultures, you’re setting them up for success. You are instilling a passion for travel and a thirst for adventure. Your child will become more worldly and be aware of how other people live from an early age. These experiences can help develop self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and useful knowledge.
Not only will your children become better travelers by starting early, but you’ll also become a better traveler. You’ll start to appreciate the art and science of packing light, and learn valuable coping skills for stressful situations.
Babies are easy to transport from one location to another. Sure, you’ll have to pack and carry all their gear as well, but there are plenty of products available to simplify the process. My Traveling Baby has reviews on everything from carriers to strollers to attachments for diaper bags that are meant to make traveling a breeze; visit their website, and travel will be a breeze.
When you travel with a baby, you can wear them in a carrier and keep your hands free. You get the security of knowing that they’re close to you and don’t have to worry about getting separated in a strange place.
It’s a Bonding Experience
When you travel with your baby, you’re creating memories. You’re setting an example for the people in your life that you can go have wonderful experiences regardless of the challenges in your way. You’re getting to do things that matter to you and celebrating your role outside of parenting.
Travel isn’t always easy, but neither is staying at home. Even the stress of travel can be a bonding experience for your family. Challenging situations are lessons learned for future travels.
Not only are you bonding as a family, but traveling also gives you time to bond with your significant other. When you’re caught up in the daily responsibilities of life – work, social obligations, etc. – It can throw a wrench in your relationship. By traveling together, you’re taking a moment to stop and smell the roses. You’ll have time to focus on each other rather and the life you created, rather than getting lost in the daily grind.
There’s no better time to jet-set than in the first couple of years of your child’s life. Pack your bags, choose a destination, and let your wanderlust guide you.