These travelers just had a baby! And not just any baby – but the cutest, sweetest, strongest and poopiest baby around. We’re biased. 🙂
This blog won’t become all baby all the time… but it will become much more focused on family travel. We have a new jetsetter with us now and can’t wait to introduce her to the world!
Our travel has been on our terms in the past few years. We go where we want to go, when we want to go, we eat on our schedule and book accommodations that fit our needs.
Looking forward a lot will change. We are on her schedule now. Every decision we make in our travel planning will evolve around her – and we are OK with that! It’s a new adventure that we can’t wait to take!
OK Caroline your kid is cute…But what REALLY happens when travelers have a baby?
Did You instantly buy a mini-van?
We bought a Nissan Altima.
We hadn’t owned a car in 6 years, but knew we’d need a way to get her around. We had been saving up for the car so it wouldn’t be a burden and we could buy it with cash.
Do you lose your wanderlust?
We traveled up until the day my doctor grounded me in my third trimester and already have baby’s first beach trip planned in a few months.
Our travel will change. We plan on traveling slower and for longer periods in each location. For example, we might rent a villa in Italy for a month and take day trips, instead of jumping to a new city every week for that same month. Also, we want to see the U.S. I still haven’t been to the Grand Canyon. There are a lot of beautiful National Parks that have been on our travel list for a while and we plan on seeing as many as we can over the next few years. You might see us renting a camper van and road-tripping across the US…
Does Your travel fund become a future kids college fund?
We have both. We still have our travel fund, but are also starting a savings fund for Lottie.
Our priority has always been travel, so when reallocating our money and savings for baby we are more willing to cut our date nights, meals out and Starbucks runs for baby instead of travel. Saving money is all about where your priorities are. You will be amazed how easy it is to save if you set goals and really look at where your money is currently being spent and make changes.
Will your travel style change?
Of course. Josh and I can’t just show up in a city with no place to sleep or go all day without a break. We are on her schedule now and that’s OK. We are excited to slow down our travel and stay longer in places instead of hop from city to city which we found ourselves doing at times. We are planning on renting an apartment or villa for a month and committing to one city for longer instead of a week or two here and there. This way we can settle down more in one city and keep up somewhat of a routine with Lottie when we travel.
Are you a traveler? What happened when you had babies? How did your life change?