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Where are Mike, Keryn, Dek and Ty going next?

walking on travels: keep traveling, keep moving forward;
just bring the kids along for the ride

The short and sweet: Traveling with a child is impossible. At least that’s what everyone told me – a travel junkie – three years ago when I was pregnant with my son Dek. As a full-time mother and full-time production manager, I would never have the time or energy, they said, to keep up with these trips.

I tried day and night to make it work. But in a way, those nay-sayers were right. Not that traveling with my son was too complicated to attempt, but it was time for a change. It was my full-time job that had to go. It interfered with my travel time, and more importantly, the way I wanted to raise my son. I had to move on.

Try something new. In a frightening move for someone who has worked since the age of 16, I decided to forgo my corporate career to focus on my family and my passion, travel.

Welcome to Walking on Travels, the blog about traveling with little ones, and why, although challenging and sometimes hair-pulling, exploring with your children is always worth it.

A little more about me: I have heard every excuse and every warning about how difficult it would be to travel with a baby. It’s too expensive, too exhausting or not worth the effort. But the minute that pee stick revealed its pink plus-sign, I vowed to continue my husband’s and my routine of international wandering. We like to leave the country at least once a year or more when we are lucky.

So far I’ve held true to my promise. Since our son was born in 2009, we’ve taken 5 trips, visited 4 countries (Hong Kong and Macau count, right?). My son has 5+ stamps in his passport, and we have a year of domestic and international travel lined up for next year.

A lot of that travel has been thanks to my job. Though my background is in photography and journalism, those careers have been somewhat dormant over the years.  Instead I followed an unexpected, but rewarding, path as a production manager with a book publishing company. It allowed me to use all the organizational and analytical skills my brain yearns for. But it sometimes left the creative side of me a little dead.

The job kept me hopping, working more than 40-hour a week, taking calls at all times of the day and night with clients and printers across the globe. After having my son, my days became even more hectic. But I still yearned for a creative outlet. So I reached back to my journalism training and began writing. More accurately, I launched this blog. It has evolved from a quick place to jot down travel memories to an outlet for tips and tricks I have picked up as I travel with my son, a boy who started flying at 3 months.

Pushing past perfection. I am in no way a perfect mother (far from it), and I certainly don’t have all of the answers. I am honest with my struggles and triumphs. It’s good for others to know that life isn’t perfect and you’ll see my foibles throughout this blog. We are all just trying to figure out how to be the best parents as we go along. It’s good for parents traveling with little people to see that we all have ups and downs: good flights, bad flights, good hotels, bad hotels, happy babies, screaming babies. The list goes on and on as do the number of tips out there.

Traveling with babies is like raising babies. There are a million people who will tell you what to do, what not to do. You’ll try things. Some will work. Some will hilariously (after time and shock has settled) blow up in your face. You will, like me, question your sanity.

This blog isn’t about giving parents fool-proof ways to pack up their pint-sized travelers. My goal for Walking on Travels is to provide one more resource for parents who hope to continue their dream of traveling post baby, to encourage them to look past the fears and the negative input and book those tickets. It can be done and it will create life-long memories you will cherish.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to Contact Me.

UPDATE: Since starting the blog a new member of the family has joined our travels. Ty was born in the spring of 2012. His first flight was at 7 weeks and his first international trip took him to Europe at 5 months old. His big brother Dek is thrilled to have a travel companion.

walking on travels: keep traveling, keep moving forward;
take your kids walking on life’s path to adventure

Thank you to my friend Tara M. for her assistance writing this page. She helped me put into words all of the things I have been thinking about the past few months, but was unable to sum up on my own. She is an incredible friend, traveler and editor. 

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