Hi, I’m Milly, I’m a midwife and currently on a big adventure during my maternity leave with my partner Stu and baby Poppy.
Our adventure started at the bottom of Argentina, and we’ve been heading North: through South and Central America, the USA and Canada. I believe that adventurous travel does not need to stop with motherhood.
You can follow my adventures at instagram.com/wildtravelchild.
“I believe that adventurous travel does not need to stop with motherhood. “.
In three words, describe your family’s travel style?
Free-spirited, wholesome and adventurous.
What has been your favourite family adventure?
Hiking to the top of a mountain in Patagonia from the town of Bariloche and staying the night in a mountain hut. We were told that our baby was the youngest ever visitor. It was my first big hike since I had given birth, and although I found it challenging, I was very impressed (and relieved) when I made it to the top of the mountain! I mainly carried my baby Poppy, and my partner carried the bags.
We used the Ergo baby carrier, and I carried Poppy on my back which she enjoyed. We had a picnic halfway up the mountain by a beautiful lake and a big Argentina-style feast in the mountain hut!
“Contrary to what people say, you don’t need to pack loads of stuff for your baby – they are pretty un-materialistic!”.
What has been the most challenging aspect of travelling with a baby?
Transport days are a challenge. I always dread any bus/coach journey longer than 2 hours as our baby starts to make a fuss, and it is very unrelaxing, so we try to limit these journeys by flying or stopping often.
Three destinations on our bucket list are…
- South Korea
- Australia (where my partner is from!).
What is your favourite global cuisine?
Our favourite is definitely Ceviche – we had this a lot in Peru.
Do you have a track hack?
Contrary to what people say, you don’t need to pack loads of stuff for your baby – they are pretty un-materialistic!
What travel item always makes it into your bag?
Our baby sling.
Do you have any advice for families feeling nervous about a big trip?
Go at your child’s pace. We always make refundable reservations so that we can be flexible. This makes me feel less under pressure that I have to always stick to our plans. If we feel tired, we stay in one place longer to reset.
Follow Milly and her family, here https://www.instagram.com/wildtravelchild/
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