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Can travel and babies ever really go together?

Elizabeth Gilbert, famous childless wanderluster and author of “Eat, Pray, Love”, once wrote, “Having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face. You really need to be certain it’s what you want before you commit.” I couldn’t agree more. Which is why I wrote the following article: for the online travel magazine “Matador”:

Children vs travel: One woman’s dilemma

Because unlike Ms Gilbert, who bravely shunned social norms and said “no thanks” to motherdom, I’m no where near certain where I stand on the “to have kids or not” debate.

backpacker with baby
photo credit: Auraelius via photopin cc

It’s not that I don’t like kids. I do. It’s just that I think about kids the same way the way I do ponies: Sure, they’re cute and all, but I don’t know that I’d want one stampeding through my two-bedroom condo, chewing on my sofa and pooping in my bathtub. While having kids may look like a great idea in theory, I’ve hung out with my fair share of kiddos to know that the reality of 24/7 parenthood is that it’s really hard. Really, REALLY hard.

Do I really want to add that kind of difficulty to my life? I’m happy with the way things are now…Why risk screwing it all up?

What are your thoughts? Do you think it’s possible to enjoy traveling when you have a moody, drooling tiny person in tow? Can you have a kid and still retain part of your identity as a traveler?

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3 thoughts on “Can travel and babies ever really go together?

  1. I’m with ya! I love kids but I don’t think they fit into my life… least not right now. While traveling and living abroad however I’ve seen it work. I know that it IS possible. But is it what I want?? At this point, not even a little bit. Eventually, maybe, I won’t be single and I’ll meet someone I would love to have a family with. That seems soooo far into the future it’s hard to give a serious thought to though. 🙂

  2. Hi Joy! Thanks for chiming in. You said it seems “soooo far into the future”. How old are you? (If you don’t mind me asking…). I just turned 30 and even though I don’t need to decide RIGHT NOW, I still feel like I’ve gotta figure it out soon. When do you feel as though you need to decide?

    BTW, I liked your blog! I’d love to live in China one day…

  3. I feel the same as you. I have a little nephew who is adorable but I’m so happy to hand him back at the end of the day. For me, travel is my passion and comes higher than having a child. Whether that will ever change, I have no idea but i may start panicking when I get nearer 40.

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