New Pinterest travel pins announcement led me to this bright blog
I don’t know the creators of the Go Big or Go Home travel blog. The mom is Traci and the dad is Matt. The kids are identified as The Boy and The Girl. I don’t know where the family lives. But that doesn’t really matter at all. I feel their sense of curiosity and wonder via their blog about “What Happens When A Small-Town Family Visits The ‘World’s Largest’… Whatever!”
I found them as I was clicking around cyber-chatter relating to Pinterest’s new “travel pins” — and this site came up. It has won all sorts of blogging awards — rightly so, for it displays the family’s great approach and great attitude. I’m adding their blog to my list of faves. And if they stumble upon this blog, I invite them to check out Denver’s Big Blue Bear in person someday. It might be the world’s largest bear or maybe merely the world’s largest blue bear. But this wonderful example over oversize street art as it peers into the Denver Convention Center merits a visit if and when the family comes to Colorado.
I took my infant son on his first road trip when he was only one month old, his first long flight from New York to Colorado when he was five months old, his first coast-to-coast flight at nine months and his first trip to Europe at nineteen months. It was pre-9/11, pre-TSA screening and before airlines recommended or required car seats strapped into airline seats. Other than clothes, the kid and a lightweight collapsible stroller were all I took, transport-wise, so flying was logistically easier for everyone.
OTOH, it was also before there were all sorts of electronic entertainment gadgets. Fortunately, he was a good, smiling little guy who had no trouble eating, sleeping or being in unfamiliar places with strangers’ faces all around. Plus, I was a single mom for most of my son’s young years, so when I went somewhere, as often as not, I took him along. Not all little ones are so easy to travel with, so I present this helpful guest post from Summer Nanny Jobs to help those of you whose baby might not have been born to travel.
Traveling with a Baby
Traveling with an infant doesn’t have to be stressful, provided you’re well prepared. Dress your baby in layers so that he won’t be too cold or too hot on the plane. Make sure to bring enough diapers, clothes and food for at least a day because you never know what kind of delays you may encounter. It’s important to have enough supplies on hand. Check out these 10 blogs to gain helpful tips from seasoned family travelers.
How to Make Traveling with Babies a Breeze! Even if you use cloth diapers at home, you will want to use disposable ones when you are traveling. Pack your child’s clothes in with yours instead of trying to keep track of several separate bags.
Knocked Up Abroad: International Travel with a Baby Go with a positive attitude and don’t expect that other countries will have made the same accommodations for children that places do in the states. (Note that Dotson is from Britain, where “knocked up” does not have the same meaning as in North America.)
5 Secrets to Traveling on an Airplane with an Infant Wear your baby in a Snuggly or other pack at the airport, and skip the stroller to save on the amount of luggage you have to bring. (This post is exactly the opposite of the Sit N Stroll review above, indicating to me that there are options for traveling with babies.)
It can be difficult to travel with toddlers and older kids because they’re more likely to get bored and want to move around. Allow each child to carry on his own backpack or bag containing snacks, toys and a change of clothes to keep him or her busy on the plane. Bring along electronic devices and allow your child to watch as many cartoons as he or she wants. Now is not the time to fight against screen time. More ideas for what to bring along on the plane can be found on these blogs.
10 Tips for Flying with Babies and Toddlers Try to avoid early boarding on planes, because that will inevitably mean that your child has to sit still for a longer period of time. Make sure you charge your devices before heading to the airport.