Founder of babieswhotravel.com, Sue White, has always been a traveller. As an Aussie, it’s almost mandatory: after all, Australians who aren’t willing to take on long journeys by plane, train or automobile don’t get to do too much exploring.
Sue went on to make a career out of her travels, becoming one of those pesky people (travel writers) who get paid to jet around the world and report back to others. (See what we mean here (some of her family travel stories), and here (Sue’s travel writing has been published in the Sydney Morning Herald, CNN, Vogue and the South China Morning Post, just for starters.)
She even teaches others how to get paid for their own travels, via this popular travel writing course.
When her son was born, Sue knew her travel itch would still need regular scratching. But how do you travel with a baby under one and still have a good time? Is it even possible? Where do busy new parents find out all the practical details that go with the first few trips? Aisle or window? Pram or no pram? And how on earth do you carry it all?
babieswhotravel.com is the result of Sue figuring all of this that out on behalf of other parents. It took a year of researching and reviewing, during which she and her baby son travelled both Australia and Europe. They did house sits and house swaps; cat sitting and car journeys; took on 24 hours flights and short domestic jaunts; travelled with friends, solo and family members; and cycled, drove, flew and train-ed their way across seven countries, all before his first birthday.
The result? Over 50 practical tips organised in a comprehensive A-Z of travel for newborns, infants and babies under 1.
We’ve also shortlisted the items you shouldn’t leave home without, and provided some inspiring examples of how travelling with a baby under one doesn’t mean missing out on scenic bike rides or staying culturally connected. Messy play at Kensington Palace in London? Marionette theatre in a Parisian park? Trains that come equipped with their very own playground? We’ll inspire you to pack, prepare and plan for your own trip of a lifetime.
Have we’ve missed something? Please let us know.
Have you learned – or loved! – something? Please share it with other parents in your community. We’d be truly grateful.
And happy travels!
*PS. Gender can be a pesky thing when it comes to the English language. We love them all, so we’ve alternated between using “he” and “she” in our posts. Some tips say “he”, others say “she”. It’s a tried and tested solution from children’s authors, so that’s good enough for us. Don’t let it distract you!