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Budget travel with a baby. No stroller. No rental cars. No checked baggage. Slightly crazy.

Budget travel with a baby. No stroller. No rental cars. No checked baggage. Slightly crazy.

Old Mar 7th, 2008, 09:41 AM
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It's nice to hear from someone who traveled with a baby and not only survived it but enjoyed it. And your baby was probably at the perfect age for it.

A few years ago I traveled with my daughter and her 6 mo. old baby as she traveled from library to library completing the research for her Phd. dissertation. How lucky for me to be the acting "nanny" as we covered a circle from The Netherlands, to France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and back to the Netherlands in 3 weeks. Eleven towns and more trains than we could count but we loved it and the baby just took it all in as we went. A night or two in each town, followed by a travel day, with sightseeing thrown in for each stop.

Our most important piece of "travel equipment" was a sturdy stroller that could take the cobblestones, folded easily and quickly, and could be reclined to lie flat, or raised to a seated position. The flat position was ideal for quick changes and naps. The basket held our "daybag" necessitaties. We had a nice rain cover for protection from wind and water, as our travel covered Oct. and November. Luckily he was a good traveler and as she was nursing we didn't have to worry too much about finding the right food for him.

The trains and some platform situations were occasionally difficult but over and over we found that there was always a generous soul or two ready and willing to lend a hand.

We planned for hours and hours ahead of time to make our luggage as light and minimal as possible and I did laundry in the hotel sinks every evening, using the hair dryer to help speed the drying along. Awesome memories of time with my daughter and grandson I wouldn't trade for anything. To this day we both believe that all the different sights and things he experienced helped create new connections in that little brain and expand his mind.

Just last summer we did it again on a smaller scale with baby #2, as mom had to present a paper at a seminar in Manchester, England. This time the baby was only 3 mon. old and Grampa went along. Less time, fewer towns, and more help. At 3 mon. the baby probably didn't get as much from it but we sure did. Makes me really want to do a 3 generation trip someday. Would love to see my grandkids experience their first view of the Grand Canal.

Sorry I got so long winded. Just hope people realize that traveling with a baby can be a great experience.
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Old Mar 7th, 2008, 12:09 PM
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That sounds so great! I know my husband and I were wishing we had my mom with us to babysit at times when we wanted to go out to dinner past the baby's bedtime!
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I am printing this to show to everyone who tells me I'm crazy to think that I'll never travel again after we have kids. Thank you!!!
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Old Mar 7th, 2008, 12:23 PM
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Don't underestimte the cheap stroller. We have $20 umbrella stroller that lasted through two kids & several trips to Europe. Despite the (literally) miles of cobblestones & bricks it has traversed, it is still hanging in our garage.
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Thank you so much guys.
Even after so many years you have encouraged me and my wife to go ahead with a euro trip with our 15 months old toddler next summer.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2014, 10:23 AM
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I haven't read all the responses but I would think with one that little a baby carrier would work well--the Baby Bjorn type, of which there are many now with more structure to them. DH went hiking with our 3 year old in a Gerry backpack long years ago.
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