“Get your traveling in now, because you won’t be able to do it once you have kids.”
How many times have you heard that or something similar? I feel like I’ve heard that message one too many times. Honestly, what’s up with everyone thinking that having kids somehow puts your travel plans on hold? I mean, haven’t you ever heard of the Bucketlist Family? If not, they’re just your average young family exploring the planet. Need some family travel motivation, check out their Instagram feed or Youtube Channel. They’ll definitely inspire you to jump on a plane with your kids!
As for me, I might not be exploring the planet like the Gee family, but whenever I found out that my husband’s basketball team would play the first round of playoffs in Mallorca, a Spanish island in the Mediterranean, I was ecstatic. There was no way I would pass on making the trip. Elena and I would get the chance to catch a couple playoff games and travel to a fun, new location. It was the perfect scenario. Staying at home and streaming the games from my laptop, didn’t run through my mind for a minute…even if I was 28 weeks pregnant.
To some my decision to go came as a surprise. In my eyes, if the doctor gives me the thumbs up, then why not? Besides, I wasn’t going on this trip alone. Anna, another player’s girlfriend came along and we had a blast. The thing is, I never want to feel like having kids or being pregnant kept me from doing the things I love the most, like traveling. As a matter of fact, no one should feel that way. Traveling with a toddler or baby takes more patience and preparation, but Elena has helped me appreciate each experience even more. Don’t get me wrong, she will definitely still go through her moments here and there. But, traveling with her makes each trip even more memorable.
While it may be true that you won’t be able to travel the way you did before, it doesn’t mean you have to give up traveling to have a family or the other way around. You can definitely do both. Granted you’ll have to worry about a stroller, diaper bag, baby food and whatever else your baby will need. That’s a given, but there are so many gadgets out there that make traveling with a baby much easier than it may appear. You will have to change your expectations and accept that your travel plans will be different, but you’ll adapt to those changes. Trust me, it’ll definitely be worth it! Don’t put your life on hold, chances are you’ll end up regretting it later on.
As far as our trip, I’ve added some pictures below.
If you have a specific question about baby/family travel or my trip to Mallorca, please share it in the comments section. I’ll be checking in periodically and would love to know what’s most interesting to you!