Lately H and I have been talking about traveling again. We love taking trips together and I get serious wanderlust whenever I look back on our old travel photos. I made a travel wish list back in 2011 and another in 2012. We visited all of the places on my original list (Spain, Turkey, Greece, and Italy) and now I want to revisit the second list. Out of all of the places I included (Thailand, Switzerland, India, and England), London seems like it is the most family-friendly place to visit. Switzerland seems like the next best choice, but I've heard it's crazy expensive.
We'd love to take a trip next summer, but I'm not sure I can handle leaving Violet at home. I think I would miss her too much, and I wouldn't be able to enjoy our trip if she wasn't with us. But then again I get nervous about flying with her to Chicago --- so the idea of putting her on a plane for 10+ hour flight to Europe seems crazy. And what about all the stuff she needs? Where would she sleep? What about a car seat or stroller? And diaper changes?! Is it realistic to think you can travel abroad with a one-year old and not lug around a ton of things? I think she will still be small enough that I can carry her in a baby carrier or wrap. Lauren (from Aspiring Kennedy) makes traveling around the world with her babies look easy. And it's not like Europeans don't have kids!
All of these concerns make me think that maybe we should start off with a domestic trip where we are familiar with the language and the flight is shorter. If we go that route we're considering visiting NYC, Portland, or San Francisco.
I'd love to hear what do you think -- Have you traveled abroad with your baby? Should we wait a few more years to travel again or consider leaving our baby with her grandparents?