Since getting pregnant practically everyone has asked how having a baby will impact my travels. I guess it’s a valid question considering that I love travel so much and have my own travel blog.
What’s surprising is the number of people who don’t ask that question and simply tell me that having this baby is going to be the end of my travels. Apparently I have no say in the matter and some of them even enjoy telling other people in the room that I categorically won’t ever go on an adventure again. Fact.
Well, all I can say is how wrong are they?!
It happened again today during a meeting and I’m not sure if it’s my hormones or just my strong desire to have my say, but either way my fingers are showing no signs of slowing down on this keyboard.
My bump has already travelled overseas to The Netherlands, Nice, Cannes, Orlando, Gozo and Barcelona. Yes that’s despite being told (mainly by those same people) that I couldn’t possibly travel while pregnant.
Guess what guys? It’s 2015 and pregnant women travel even more than I have, so how’s that for a revelation? Just look at Monica from The Travel Hack – she travelled loads while pregnant. As did Nellie from Wild Junket.
Life After Bump
Anyway, in direct response to the people who keep telling me ‘it’ll change once baby is here’, ‘you won’t want to leave the house, let alone the country’ or the kinder ‘you won’t be able to hack it’, let me have a go and stopping telling me how I’m going to feel. Stop laughing at me when I say I’ll still travel.
In fact, today I have booked baby’s first adventure. He hasn’t entered the world yet, but Baby Taylor will certainly be seeing what the world has to offer, whether that’s when he’s two weeks old or twelve years old.
We’re taking our little one to The Netherlands (to Den Bosch) when he will be two or so months old. Yes, it’s not mega faraway and we’re just going for the weekend, but it’s still an adventure and a chance to explore.
Now don’t get me wrong. I know it’s going to be a completely different trip to the ones I’m used to. Since booking it I’ve began to think about all the kit I’m going to need, how embarrassed I’m going to feel if I can’t get baby to settle on the plane, how much more time I’m going to need to factor in at the airport (any tips for any of the above and more most welcomed)….the list goes on.
But do you know what? I don’t care. It’s a new challenge; a new adventure. I’ll be learning new things and seeing the world with fresh, new eyes. I’ll be doing one of my favourite things in the world with my favourite people and that makes me feel incredibly happy.
Oh and to all those delightfully positive people, I’m also researching baby’s first long haul trip so go sit on that one for a moment.