There were big enough gasps when I told people that I’d still continue to travel when I had a baby. Family travel is totally a thing, so it was weird when some seemed so shocked. Can you imagine the looks I got then when I recently mentioned that I’d likely be travelling with my mini-explorer on my own? Yep, without daddy, family or friends. Just the two of us. A solo parent trip if you like.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not by choice. Of course I’d prefer to travel as a family of three. As much as the company is great, the extra set of hands and ability to share looking after a lively eleven-month old is a lifesaver.
However, a little thing called work seems to get in the way of my daydream adventures. Yep, there comes a point, usually towards the end of the year, when the pot of annual allowance runs out. I’m ok as I accrued leave while I was on maternity leave, so I have a nice little nest to keep me going until the new annual leave cycle. The Mr on the other hand, well, he has a grand total of zero days left.
At first I huffed and puffed a bit, grumpily moaning about how I couldn’t bear to not travel until the New Year. It took a few minutes for my tired cogs to get going and realise that the husband’s lack of leave wouldn’t need to stop me. Travel is a huge part of my life and as much as I would absolutely love for him to make those overseas memories with us, the urge to wander is greater. Gosh, that sounds selfish doesn’t it?
The way I see it though, there will always be more to see and do, new places to visit, new tastes to experience, more gallivanting to happen and so daddy will still be a big part of it all. There have been times when Jay has been booked for a gig in an amazing city – Moscow, Hollywood and Tel Aviv to name just a few – and I’ve been the one without any leave left so I’ve missed out. He always went because his shows are important to him.
And what if I did wait until he had enough leave and then something happened? I’m all for living in the moment, seizing every opportunity and getting on with the things I want to see and do. Turns out I’m not the only one. There are lots of other mamas, some single parents or some simply in a similar situation to mine.
I’d be lying if I said I’m not apprehensive about travelling overseas with my baby on my own. It’s just always comforting when you have someone else with you. Everything seems a lot less scary.
Inspirational Solo Parent Travel
So, if you’re thinking about venturing overseas with your baby (or maybe your babies – go you!) then hopefully these blog posts will provide some reassurance, inspiration and motivation for you too.
Cathy from Mummy Travels often travels overseas with her little girl, taking that first solo parent trip when her girl was ten-months old. She’s picked up some tips for flying with a baby along the way and is proof that it’s totally possible (and fun) to go on adventures as a duo.
Want to ease yourself into solo parent travel? Polly from Our Seaside Baby went to Amsterdam with her then two year old. She mixed up her solo parenting trip with a few days with friends and a few days as just mama and son. Polly also flew long-haul to India with her then three year old, meeting family once there. Again, this sounds like a good way to gently step into solo parent travel.
Carrie from Flying With A Baby flew with her little one from the UK to South Africa. She’s well-travelled and has a whole host of family travel pointers on her site, including these solo parent air travel tips.
Wondering if it’s possible to travel solo with not one, but two children? Laura from Life With Baby Kicks travelled from Abu Dhabi to Manchester with her little ones – yep, plural. She blogged about how not to travel with children; a tongue in cheek post that will give you a giggle. There are also a few other family travel posts on her site.
Ellamental Mama is a blog written by a single mama who took things to the next level. She went backpacking in Asia with her toddler. It was both tough and exciting, so she’s shared ten truths about solo travel with a toddler.
Kari also went backpacking with her little ones. She travelled through Europe with her then five-year old (and nine-year old). Her story is also a tale of highs and lows, but I’m sure you can already guess how this one ends.
Need some more tips for flying as a solo parent? Eileen from Families!Go has some great suggestions that she picked up whilst travelling with her then eighteen-month old.
Have you travelled ‘solo’ with your baby? Is it something you’re keen to do? I’d love to hear from you!
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