I have heard some mothers groan about travel with kids under 2 years. I used to dread having a kid on the same compartment/ flight as me when I was not a mother.
Anushka has been travelling since she was a little over a month. She has used planes, cars, bikes, autos and trains. And it has been a great ride.
Here is why babies make great travelmates:
Even the cliched become exciting - We visit zoos and parks and take boat rides on little ponds that masquerade as lakes. The journey itself is fun since it is a new experience for the baby
You see things differently- I am attentive and point out to things that i feel may interest Anushka. In the process I discover more.
Every visit / outing leaves you with the feeling that the child has experienced a little more- either social skills or just her being able to prance about in the open or hearing the cow moo rather than her father's impression of it
The kid has fun and enjoys being outdoor and most of all with you
There is no guilt of using up "our" time as "me" time- it is family time- the " quality" time we keep looking for.
And why not-
The baby may fall ill.
You have to fend for them all the time. But that is true even if you are at home with them. (Unless you have some domestic help. Anyway you will find them easier to keep engaged when you are out.)
The trick is to plan well ahead, choose the right kind of places, be adventurous enough to change the plans if need be. More posts to follow in a few days on this here.