Baby Steps: Travel for 2016
For us, 2016 is a brave, new world. One with a baby in it. And globe-trotting will never be the same again.
Hubby and I have been lucky enough to spend the better part of the last 10 years traveling and exploring the world together. Like our relationship, the trips started small. A visit to a friend’s cottage. A weekend trip to Montreal.
Before long though, we were off to the Mediterranean for 3 weeks of sun and fun in Barcelona and Italy.
As our relationship deepened, so did our wanderlust. Hawaii. Cuba. And then a momentous move to Korea together, prefaced by 3 months of backpacking through China, Laos and Thailand. Exploration in other parts of Asia. Philippines. Borneo. Brunei. Macau. Then a wedding in Thailand, followed by a decadent year long trip around the world.
The couple that travels together, stays together. Or something like that. :p
As we settled into coupledom, our wanderlust also seemed to settle a bit. Traveling was still a big part of life, but we found ourselves taking more “holidays.” Hence, 2-3 week journeys to Scandinavia, a sentimental west coast road trip through interior British Columbia, and beach breaks in Indonesia, Thailand and the Maldives.
Now, it feels like we’ve entered a whole new chapter in our traveling lives. One that includes a 3rd, totally dependent being, for whom the whole world, and for that matter, all of life, is uncharted territory.
And so, 2016 will be all about re-learning how to travel. It’s a process I’m anticipating with excitement, apprehension and more than a little fear. Will she sleep on the plane like daddy? or be wide awake like mommy? We shall soon see…
Crawling: A Night Away
We’re starting our trips small, with a short-ish journey by car and a night away from home. The longest Naia’s been in a car to date, is 45 minutes, so this should be a good test of how she deals with confined spaces.
Our destination hasn’t been finalized yet, but I’d love a little retreat at the Hotel November in Gangneung. Either that or glamping at the Raventree Resort in Gyeonggi-do. Winter camping with a newborn might be a bit much though…no matter how “glamorous” it is. 😉
Baby Steps: A Korean Roadtrip
Next up – a more ambitious road trip around Korea. With our wee one aboard, we’ll head south, and explore the western side of the peninsula. A stop in Jeonju to sample the country’s best bibimbap, and wander around the traditional hanok village, before continuing onwards to Damyang’s 25 acre forest of bamboo trees. Some as high as 20 metres tall.
From there, a visit to the coastal city of Mokpo and perhaps, one of the 3000 islands in her vicinity, before circling back up to Seoul through the Boseong Green Tea Fields, 2012 World Expo city, Yeosu, and the coastal wetlands of Suncheon Bay.
That is, of course, unless our little one, has a meltdown along the way. Upon which, we’ll be turning that car around and heading straight back for the sanctuary of home.
Walking: Japan: Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe
I’ve been wanting to return to Japan for quite some time now, and the 2 hour flight from Seoul to Osaka seems like the perfect training run for Naia. Once there, it’s a high speed train to Kyoto and a wander around the city’s traditional areas and temples. We’d also take a little side trip to Kobe, to eat the world’s most pampered beef – something I’ve wanted to sample for as long as I can remember.
Running: Albania, Greece, France, Italy and Portugal
There’s a lot of people in Europe anxious to meet the newest member of the family. If all goes as planned, we’ll be packing up our suitcases and our daughter, for the longest trip of her life. She’d get in touch with her half-Albanian roots, lie on the beaches of Greece, and eat Italian, French and Portuguese food (well, see and smell it anyways).
A summer well-spent, and the beginning of a lifetime of passport stamps for our cutest world wanderer. At least, I hope it is.
What do you have planned for 2016? Please share any tips you have for traveling with a newborn, in the comments below. We need all the help we can get. 🙂