Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Our Babymoon Plans

Because it's no secret that we love traveling.. we've gotten a lot of questioning about having planned a baby moon. While the idea of one last hoorah sounds awesome, we feel that we've gotten to share lots of sweet travel experiences together (our trip to Italy last summer being our favorite!) and honestly, we're really looking forward to being able to travel WITH our baby.


We know this isn't for everyone, but I literally took my first international flight at two weeks old. Traveling with our young family has become a huge desire of our hearts. It won't always mean something super glamorous, but we want to build memories with and for our children. Will our baby remember traveling with us this year? Nope. But will we? Yep! And I'll have plenty of photos to remind Sweet Baby Strader about the adventures he got to go on. :)

The mission of our trip for this summer is for Sweet Baby Strader to meet his British family members. But we also knew if we were going all that way, we wanted to enjoy a few days in London, and perhaps another city if we could swing it. So at the end of July we'll head across the pond for our Moon with Baby ;)!

Like I said, this may not be for everyone, and those with and without kids may think this is totally crazy, but people do it all the time. It may just not be people in your direct circle. :) This has been part of our vision for our family since before we were married and we are so excited. Whenever I read blog posts about sweet mamas traveling with their young children I've teared up thinking about that being our future.. and this summer it will be our our reality! I'm under no impression that traveling with a baby will be the same as traveling on our own. I know there will be hard moments. But I truly believe we'll be better parents because of it, and that our time in Europe will be extra special because of the company of our little guy. When Ben and I took our first trip in 2014- I truly had no idea that #StradersinEurope would become an annual thing, and this year may be the last for awhile.. but who knows. I'm so grateful that we are able to travel to visit family that our child otherwise wouldn't know. And we're extra grateful to the people who are making this trip possible. We were gifted flyer miles to get over there, which dictated and planned a lot of our trip for us. Last year using flyer miles meant that we would take three flights to get to Italy, two to get home. It was worth it but honestly misery at times. Obviously this isn't an option with a two month old. So to get flights that would be easiest on our little family, we had to select certain dates, which ended us up with a rather long trip. I've POURED over the computer for the last week trying to make the trip as baby friendly & flexible as possible, while still getting our adventure on. I've read reviews and tried to register intentionally for great quality products that will serve us well on this trip, as well as all the rest of the time. I was originally thinking we'd get sucked into $200 fold-into-a-backpack pack and plays.. but we have resisted. :)


So where are we going? What's the plan? We'll fly into Milan, Italy (Mama's eating ITALIAN FOOD FOR LUNCH BOOYA!!) and drive up to somewhere central in Switzerland (TBD) with a stop in the Lake Como area for lunch/ to break up the trip with a nice long exploratory walk. Then for the rest of the week we'll explore Switzerland at our leisure. Ben's #1 wishlist item is to bungee off of a dam where that they used for a jump scene in a James Bond movie (Goldeneye, for those who might know!) and we'll see if I can emotionally handle standing at the top of a 220 meter jump holding my infant watching our person JUMP off of it. :) We'll see... Haha! Then we'll come back to Milan to explore our one remaining big Italian city, return our rental car, and fly directly to London. From there we'll spend time with family, and another few days with our sweet boy showing him our favorite city in the world. I might die over all of our photos, and my #1 trip resolution is to take some videos to compile a video of our trip. Especially with our babe, I think this will be extra neat.

Look! People with strollers! That's US!! 
So there you have it. :) If you have any particular recs for Milan, Switzerland, or really even London please let us know! Thanks for being so encouraging to us in this stage of life.. we are blessed!

A GREAT travel with baby resource:
Barefoot Blonde 50 Tips for Traveling with a Baby

Photos of Lake Como from this post.

10 comments:

  1. Victoria! Your travel plans sound amazing. I wanted to let you know that my husband and I moved from Virginia to Naples, Italy a few months ago for his job. We flew with our 15 month old-- who actually did incredible on the flight. We're actually expecting another baby mid-June, so can definitely relate to your excitement/possible anxieties about managing international travel with a super little one. We have done quite a bit of traveling since we've been here-- we just went to Athens, Greece this past weekend. Any recommendations/advice you might need, or questions you might have about life overseas (rentals, hotels, flights, baby gear, etc), please don't hesitate to ask :) Sometimes I think being over here makes the information seem a lot more accessible. We are also passionate about traveling with our little one(s) and definitely share your vision for your family. Good luck! God bless you guys!

    P.S. My gender reveal is tomorrow and hearing all about yours, has me so excited! :)

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  2. I love that you're doing this! You know your family and know that this will be so special for you all. I love that you're going for it. The memories will be so sweet :)

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  3. I could not agree with the philosophy behind this more. And let me know if you would like any London tips! It really is the best city in the world.

    www.aviewoflondon.com

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  4. Ohhh sounds fun to me!!!Italy is still one of my fav places I've ever traveled too...

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  5. We plan on traveling internationally with our first baby. Devin gets paternity leave (which we know is extremely rare) during the first year after the child is born and we plan on going abroad during that time.

    Your traveling plans sound fabulous and it sounds like a fabulous time to go with a baby since you don't have to pay for a ticket yet too!

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  6. How fun! I also get excited to travel with a baby one day. :) Your trip sounds like it's going to be AMAZING.

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  7. Any room for an extra in your luggage? haha This trip will be so fun and such sweet memories will be made!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  8. Yay!! Can't wait for your trip! I made my first trip across the pond just under the age of 1 to meet my great-grandmother and great uncle. The pictures my mother has of me are insanely precious and I hold them dear to my heart. SO excited for y'all!!

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  9. Love this plan! Just went to Switzerland for 2 weeks with my hubs this past summer. ITS GORGEOUS! We explored 10 cities and our favorites were Bern and Thun (which are so close to each other) and Lauterbrunnen where we visited Mt. Schilthorn which was in Her Majesty's secret service James bond film. The Alps are not to be missed. We also loved Geneva and Montreaux. Excited to read about your trip with child- we travel internationally a couple times a year and definitely picture traveling with our children when the time comes. But it can seem intimidating. Also, just ready Bringing Up Bebe- add it to your reading list! I learned so much and made me feel so hopeful and optimistic about being able to get babies on a good sleep schedule and eating schedule within the first couple months.

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  10. How do you budget for your trips to Europe? And/or do you have a general amount you would recommend setting aside for a week in Europe?

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