Round the World in Baby Days
Round the World in Baby Days has been occupying my mind for a while now. I’ve been back and forth - but now I’m stuck on the forth.
A big part of my life has been travel. Something about it makes me feel so alive, rejuvenated and peaceful. Maybe it’s just the simple fact that I have exclusive time with the ones I love. I think it is a combination of that and also seeing the world and the way people live, because there is no way to comprehend it unless you see it and there is something thrilling about that. I don’t even know how to put in words the way it feels to hike the Andes mountains to look over Machu Picchu, or how to describe what it feels like to dive into the middle of the ocean to swim with enormous whale sharks, or to convey the way it feels to ride a small canoe down the Ganges river while the sun rises over Varanasi. Those moments for me are magic.
And no matter what life brings me, I don’t want to stop those magic moments. I’m just in too deep.
When Austin & I got married, I was 19 years old. I remember we were on a bus in Nepal, just newly married. We got to know a couple travelers and they couldn’t believe that we were both so young and married. It was too funny to see their expressions. I could tell they were dying to pick our brains to figure out why we were married so young, but they were fascinated that we were still out doing the things we loved to do and seeing the world together. It was such a foreign concept to them to be married and to travel the way that we were traveling. I think there is a very heavy stereotype that marriage has to essentially end adventure and travel. But I believe it doesn't. I think there are a lot of ways to keep that excitement and adventure alive - whether that is going on walks or drives together or going camping for the weekend or traveling around the world. And whatever that definition of adventures is for you - I think that is SO awesome if you try to keep that going in your marriage.
The way I saw my life with Austin was that the adventure was about to get good...it was just starting! So from day one, this has been an important foundational concept to our marriage. We will never stop the adventures and the travels and sharing new experiences together. And I had very similar feelings about having a baby.
Before having Addison, we promised ourselves again that we’d continue our lifestyle. That we would view our baby girl as an enhancement to our adventures, not an obstacle to them. Of course we knew that having a baby along for our travels would change a few logistics to traveling, but in no way would she limit us.
Two months after Addison was born, we hit the road to Canada. I think this trip was really a way to prove to ourselves that we could actually travel with a babe. And we did. It was a huge success. So we thought we’d try it out again. Shortly after Canada, we found roundtrip tickets from Salt Lake City to Chicago for $78. And because we have no self-control, of course we bought those right away. We were on our way to Chicago the next week. We learned a few little tricks with traveling around the city with Addison and again, we had a great time and felt successful! I blame it on the euphoric feeling I was caught up in, but we jumped on a plane to San Diego the next week after getting pretty decent tickets as well. We were a little excited to say the least. We could travel with a baby. Sure, it is different and sure, it takes more work. You might have to change a poopy diaper on the side of a trail. You might have to stop for a quick feeding break at the base of a waterfall. You might have to carry an extra 17.8 pounds on your back. But you can do it. And I promise, it is worth it. We discovered that adventures don’t have to end when you have babies. Plain and simple. And this was the most exhilarating news to us.
Being parents is one of our passions. Traveling is another one of our passions. So combine the two and it’s our jam! Round the World in Baby Days encompasses both of those passions for us.
One night, just for the fun of it, I asked Austin to write a list of his top five countries that he’d like to go to. And I would do the same without letting him see mine. I knew we didn’t have the time or money to go to all of these places, or even one. Austin was working a full time job with plans to go to grad school in the fall. Anyways, he literally took about an hour just to play along with my list! And I wrote down six. Maybe seven. There are too many places I want to go! Thankfully, most of our countries were the same...probably because we talk too much about places we want to see and then easily convince the other they want to see it too. All it really takes is for one of us to show the other a picture of a place and we’re committed to go there someday. We decided to play with it and see how we could map out a trip hitting all of our countries on the list in one go. We really were just having fun with it. After putting the points on the map, Austin said this outlandish thing that went like this. “We are going to circumnavigate the globe.” Well that’d be cool.
The next day, we went on a hike. I think all of mine and Austin’s ideas and plans come from when we are hiking or driving. It is a fun time for us to get excited about each other’s dreams. I love that Austin always makes me feel like I can do anything. And that he will be right there with me as my biggest fan. Based on the last 5 years with him, I would choose him over and over again.
Anyways, we couldn’t stop talking about our idea to circumnavigate the globe. Our conversation continued throughout our entire hike. By the end of the hike we had worked it out. We did have time for this trip and we figured out ways that we could come up with the money. A pattern that we’ve seen without fail when we begin to plan a trip is the thought that we don’t have the time or money. It is something that we, and probably most all of us, have to get past. If traveling is really a priority for you, once you let go of those thoughts you will be able to come up with the time and money.
Our minds were rolling and we thought it would be awesome to document our travels, stories, and experiences, especially on this trip. It would be a fun journal for us to have but we also loved the idea to be able to inspire others to come to the same conclusion that we have. We brainstormed names and came up with “Round the World in Baby Days.” Like “Around the World in 80 Days” but Baby Days? See what we did there?
We went home, researched flights, came up with an itinerary that we both liked and bought the tickets. Here we go, Round the World in Baby Days.
We’ve talked about it a lot and have come up with a few goals we hope to achieve through this blog. We want to inspire you to adventure with those you love most and to embrace the potential in every day. We want to grow closer to each other by working together on this blog and sharing new experiences alongside one another. We want to share our tips and tricks that we learn through traveling with a baby. We want to share with you places we love, experiences we love, food we love and people we love! Thanks for following us and for making this dream a reality for us.