THE BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL WITH A BABY IN THE WORLD
Whether you’re going to visit family who lives abroad or you’re setting off on an exciting vacation, traveling the world with your baby sounds intimidating at first.
No matter where you pick on the list of best places to travel with a baby in the world, you’re likely dreading that long flight and all the unknowns that come with the location.
Although traveling with a baby is challenging, you can make it worthwhile and practice makes perfect.
I’ll show you not only the best places to travel with a baby in the world, but some tried and true travel techniques that all parents should know going in.
Let’s get started.
How to Choose Infant Friendly Holiday Destinations
The question is never “should you travel,” but where should you travel?
When creating a list of best places to travel with a baby in the world, you’ll start running out of space pretty quickly.
There are so many incredible places out there, and many of them are perfect for the whole family.
After all, there are children in each and every country in the world, so why wouldn’t it work for your little one too?
If you’re desperate to go to a particular spot, try not to rule it out.
Do research and see if there’s really any reason NOT to go.
After all, there are tactics you can use to make that long flight there and back bearable.
You can always start small and work your way up to farther destinations.
Either way, don’t let a baby keep you from going anywhere you really want to go.
They may just be the perfect little companion once you get there.
We’ve compiled a list of family-friendly countries.
Here’s what you should know about them.
1. Bali, Indonesia
When you research Bali, you’ll always read about the kindness and friendliness of the Balinese people.
This is only amplified when you have a baby.
They love babies and will seek you out when they see you.
The landscape is also particularly pleasant if you’re looking for a warm destination.
It’s no secret that Bali is a warm and tropical paradise.
You can spend time at the beach, show your baby sand, and dip their toes in the water.
Sounds relaxing, doesn’t it?
Who wouldn’t want to go?
Japan tops the list when it comes to baby-friendly vacations!
For one, it has baby-friendly facilities.
In general, the country places a high emphasis on sanitation, which means public spaces are often disinfected multiple times a day.
If you’re worried about your baby getting sick because of travel, Japan should be the least of your worries.
There are also baby rooms in department stores, major train stations, and tourist attractions.
These rooms are equipped with private nursing cubicles, microwaves, and vending machines with juice and crackers.
You’ll even find changing tables and small play areas there as well.
In Japanese play centers, toys are cleaned often, and the surfaces are soft and squishy.
This means you can allow your baby to play without fear of germs or injury.
When it comes to breastfeeding in Japan, the country is open and welcoming.
In fact, you’ll likely encounter fewer stares and less stigma than you would in Western countries.
However, since the country is modest, pack a cover to use when you feed in public (parks, restaurants, etc.).
Though overall it is not an issue.
Outside of these baby-specific conveniences, Tokyo also has a variety of neighborhoods.
Some are fast-paced while others are calm.
Not only will you enjoy walking around these areas and getting a feel for the city, but your baby will also be stimulated.
Pack a baby carrier and let them experience all the sights and sounds that the Japanese have to offer.
Read my blog on Key Travel Tips for Your Vacation to Japan.
3. Seoul, South Korea
Seoul caters to families of all ages, and it is one of the best places to travel with a baby in the world.
To start off, the public transportation system in Seoul makes it simple to get around the city.
You can bring your stroller on and off of the trains easily, and there are elevators in every station to simplify your life.
Not planning to bring your own stroller?
Not to worry!
Most museums and attractions have strollers that you can rent for the day.
You can also rent one from the airport if you want one for the entire trip.
Talk about convenience!
Furthermore, most public toilets are equipped with changing stations (or even a separate family toilet) to ensure you can change diapers without issue.
Australia is one of the best places to travel with a baby in the world, because every single city is family-friendly.
The services, the accommodation, the attractions – you name it and the Aussies are there to take care of you.
Plus, Australia has something for the whole family, so it’s great for an annual family trip or a trip with a mixed age group.
There are a couple of things to note about Australia before you start planning your itinerary.
First, Australia has six different states: New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia.
Each one of these states offers something different in terms of travel.
That said, if you’re planning to visit more than one during your trip, know that Australia isn’t this tiny island.
It’s a massive country, and it will take you 5 or so hours to cross the country from east to west.
People often underestimate this, and you definitely do not want to do that when you have a baby along for the ride.
Everyone loves Thailand because it offers every amenity you can imagine for reasonable prices.
One of the best?
You can get great accommodations right on the beach for reasonable prices.
Raise your hand if you’d like a beach vacation without having to schlepp everything to the beach!
That’s all of us.
When you have a baby, you suddenly multiply the amount of stuff you need times 10!
Suddenly, you can’t just walk out the door anymore without having everything you could possibly need for the next 5 hours.
For this reason, having an accessible accommodation right where you want to be can be a game-changer.
This is one of the best places to travel with a baby in the world, if you want a low-key and relaxed family vibe.
Thailand also has incredible tourist infrastructure, which means that they can cater to just about every need you have while there (even if you don’t know it yet).
When you first hear about a baby going to Fiji, you may think, “Why?”.
Fiji is thought of as an absolute paradise.
It’s a place to rewind and forget your worries.
What worries does a baby have?
Have they been on Earth long enough to deserve a trip to Fiji?
Regardless of what you think, Fiji can be one of the best places to travel with a baby in the world.
- All-inclusive deals: In most of these deals, kids stay and eat for free. Your baby won’t cost you anything!
- Kid-friendly activities: Perhaps this doesn’t matter to your baby, but it will matter to their older siblings. Fiji’s hotels have kids’ clubs and other activities geared towards kids.
- Nannies: The nannies located at the hotel are nice and cheap. They’re there to help Mom and Dad enjoy a little relaxation themselves.
In Israel, the family unit is essential to the nation’s culture.
Thus, it’s easy to take your kids along on this trip knowing they’ll be welcomed at traditional “adult” venues (restaurants, etc.).
There are also kid-friendly amenities that you’ll want to take advantage of.
For example, at the beach in Tel Aviv, you’ll find baby beach gear like shared toys, which is convenient for anyone who doesn’t want to bring or buy their own.
8. Colorado Springs & Rocky Mountain National Park
Are you looking for something a little closer to home?
You don’t have to travel across the world to have a great vacation with your family.
Colorado Springs is a gorgeous destination located in the middle of the state of Colorado.
It’s about an hour and a half south of the capital, Denver, but still has access to the Rocky Mountain National Park.
Your baby will love getting out in the fresh air along with you!
9. Alaskan Cruise
While some people may tell you that you’re crazy for taking your baby on an Alaskan cruise, don’t let them scare you out of this experience!
This experience is one of the better ways to see Alaska (bonus if you already love cruising!).
Some advice from moms that have already done it?
Ignore the disapproving looks that you’ll inevitably get and be prepared with a go-to carry-on bag that can keep your baby calm and happy.
For more must-have cruise items, read Essential Travel Gadgets for Cruises.
How to Survive International Plane Travel with a Baby
You may have done plenty of international travel yourself but traveling internationally with a baby is a whole new ball game!
Here are some of the things you should plan for.
Plan it out
Not everyone is a travel planner.
Some people love to see where the wind takes them, and it often works out when you’re only responsible for yourself.
Well, when you have a baby, you’ll absolutely want to book tickets, hotels, and activities ahead of time.
Make sure you have a fully thought-out itinerary, so you know exactly what you’re doing and what you’ll need to bring.
Will plans change?
Maybe, and you’ll learn to adjust on the fly, but better to be over prepared than under prepared.
Minimize your luggage
This can be tough with a baby.
You’ll want to bring everything your baby will possibly need, and sometimes it just isn’t realistic.
You want to have your hands free as much as possible to take care of your baby.
If possible, keep your luggage similar to…
- One carry-on diaper bag
- One suitcase
- One stroller
- Your baby!
While it may feel like you’re packing super lightly, it will probably still feel like you’re drowning in stuff while walking through the airport.
Also, keep in mind that airlines will often let you gate-check items like strollers so you can have them in the airport itself.
Reserve a bulkhead seat
A bulkhead seat can help reduce discomfort since you’ll be tending to your baby in a tight space.
Check with the airline to see if a bassinet is available to reserve.
If you didn’t know these exist, Google a picture.
It’s a total game-changer and allows your baby to sleep comfortably.
You will also be able to move freely without worrying about disturbing them.
Pack both of you a change of clothes
You likely have a change of clothes for your baby in their diaper bag, but what about you?
Everyone has gotten spit up on or their baby had an epic blowout at an inconvenient time.
Having a change of clothes for yourself can really save you when you’re in a tight spot.
It’s better to have that extra shirt than to be uncomfortable on a long plane ride.
Help your baby’s ears adjust
Everyone’s familiar with the sensation of your ears “popping” on airplanes as you take off and land.
The change in elevation can be uncomfortable, and little ones can’t quite express their displeasure with this in any other way but screaming.
Since they’re too little to chew gum or suck on a lollipop, be sure to feed them during take-off and landing.
It’ll prevent unnecessary crying from the pain of their blocked ears.
Pack familiar items from home
When you’re in an unfamiliar setting, it can be nice to have familiar items.
This is especially true for sleep items.
Taking the items your baby constantly sees or sleeps with can help to alleviate some of the discomforts of travel.
These may be blankets, stuffed animals, pacifiers, sleep sacks, etc.
Be strategic about when and what you’re drinking
If you’re traveling solo with your baby, the question of when and how to go to the bathroom can be really challenging.
Who is going to watch your baby?
Do you go and hold your baby at the same time?
It sounds massively inconvenient any way you put it.
My best advice is to be strategic about when and what you’re drinking.
Simply put, don’t chug the rest of your water bottle before going through security or order that extra coffee if you don’t have a stroller or car seat to put your baby in.
It won’t seem like a big deal in the moment, but it may become massively inconvenient.
Once you’re on the plane, most flight attendants are more than happy to help you out and snuggle your baby while you use the facilities.
Plus, no one is leaving the plane, so you don’t have to worry about your little one going anywhere at 30,000 feet.
Something you’d never think about until you have to think about it!
Traveling with a baby is difficult, but there are perks to showing your smile and asking the polite question you’re desperate to hear “yes” to.
This goes for check-in, security, as well as customs and immigration.
If you ask the question nicely, you may be able to skip that line you’re absolutely dreading waiting in.
You’d be surprised how often the answer is yes.
After all, people see a baby, and they know it can go downhill at any moment.
Build in extra time
You may already know this with parenthood in general, but it goes without saying for travel as well.
There’s no more winging it and showing up at the airport 30 minutes before your flight.
Expect the line to be long.
Expect your baby to have a blowout.
Expect there to be some kind of horrific meltdown or struggle.
And then take a deep breath and keep going.
You’ve got this!
And if it doesn’t happen, all the better!
Don’t stress about time zones
It’s easy to stress about jetlag and time zones.
If you’re traveling across the world, you’ll have to deal with a baby up in the middle of the night.
Your body clock is already off, and now it’ll be off for as long as theirs is.
How are you possibly going to enjoy Japan, Australia, or South Africa when you’re not sleeping normally?
The best advice here (and there is no amazing advice) is that you should try to keep your baby in a consistent rhythm and not stress too much.
Switch over to your new time zone and maintain your routine.
However, if your baby is absolutely set on eating, don’t get hung up on “feeding him/her on a schedule.”
Pay attention to your little one’s cues and help them figure out what their body is feeling even if it’s not correctly reflected by the clock.
Final Thoughts on the Best Places to Vacation With a Baby
If you’re heading to some of the best places to travel with a baby in the world, you’ve got a lot to be excited about!
These are bucket list worthy destinations that you can share with your baby and enjoy the memories for years to come.
If you happen to have a babysitter, you can also get out and enjoy a little bit of time away.
There are a lot of adventures to be had.
If you’re stressed about that long flight coming up, read Travel Tips for Long Flights: How To Survive.
The good news is that it can’t last forever, and the flight will end eventually (even if it doesn’t feel like it will).
Alright, that’s it.
Get out there and get ready to travel!
Baby and all!
What are your best places to travel with a baby in the world? If you have any, comment below!
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