New York City with baby: Pre-departure, passport applications and landing in NYC

New York City with baby: Pre-departure, passport applications and landing in NYC

NYCAhhh… New York City, the city of dreams and home to kick-ass sitcoms like Sex and the City as well some of the most memorable moments in Hollywood history (I’m thinking Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks and the Empire State Building). Having been to New York before for a weekend at a time here and there, I thought it the perfect destination for my first trip with my 3 month old, and a great way for her to test her wings!

So, we got her a passport, roped in one of my best friends to join us and bought our tickets to NYC. Ironically, while I ended up bed ridden for half the trip thanks to a bug I picked up prior to take-off, Luna did great, proving herself a true traveler and ready to take on a world of discovery. Planning to test air travel with your week one? Here are a few pre-departure tips to help you plan your trip: Continue reading “New York City with baby: Pre-departure, passport applications and landing in NYC”

Quick Tip #2: Be Spontaneous! Don’t Plan Too Far Ahead

One of the amazing things about travel is the ability to follow your feet and jump in the direction of all that inspires. Whether you’re joining in with friends you’ve met at the hostel or making a last minute decision to extend your stay in a country of particular interest, it’s important to keep a flexible schedule in order to get the most out of any travel experience.

If it’s your first time traveling solo-overseas, it can be tempting to book everything beforehand: from flights to hotel to transport on the ground, it’s comforting to know that everything is taken care of prior to take-off. Keep in mind that this will seriously limit your ability to move around once you touch down (take the advice of someone who watched a pre-booked flight to Vietnam take off from Bangkok because of a romantic encounter that re-routed her in favour of Cambodia). While last minute travel plans and cancellations happen to the best of backpackers and elite travelers alike, it’s best to keep your options open in order to get the most out of your time abroad.