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Best Places to Travel With a Baby [Full List + Other FAQs]

Best Places to Travel With a Baby [Full List + Other FAQs]

Traveling for the first time with your baby is always exciting. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience you can always look back on. 

However, when choosing a travel destination, here are some concerns you need to consider: 

  • Is the place stroller friendly?
  • Are breastfeeding stations provided in establishments?
  • Are hospitals and pediatrics accessible?
  • Will getting around the city be parent and kid-friendly?

Besides considering your baby’s overall safety, always remember to carry around your child’s needs throughout your trips. 

With these concerns in mind, let’s go over the list of baby-friendly travel destinations!

10 Best Places to Travel With a Baby

There are over a hundred places you want to visit. But what’s probably stopping you is the question, “Is it a good place to bring my baby?” Or what about, “Is my baby at the right age to travel?

Many parents have asked me for suggestions on which countries to visit.

Although I’m not yet a parent, I can already imagine the stress and excitement these parents go through.

I’ve come up with a list of some of the best places parents have shared with me:

1 – Philippines

Philippines

The Philippines is the best place to introduce your baby to traveling. It takes away the hassle of getting to know a new country and would be a good playing field for first-time parents. 

The Philippines is home to many beautiful islands. You can travel to some of these islands in just three hours of travel time or less! 

You don’t have to worry about your baby feeling restless during the journey. You can keep the travel time short and get straight to starting your adventure. 

Many of my siblings’ kids can’t stop showing me their white sand castles from Boracay. 

Don’t forget to pack your stroller travel bag to make your vacation a breeze.

2 – Japan

Japan

Many kids want to visit Japan. It’s the birthplace of some of their favorite movies like Spirited Away and Kiki’s Delivery Service! 

Japan is one of the best countries to introduce a new culture and environment. The locals are so polite and friendly, they’ll never hesitate to stop and say hi to your kids! 

The air is cool and breezy, you don’t have to worry about breaking a sweat while tending to your baby. 

3 – Indonesia

Indonesia

Visiting this place will relieve any stress you have on the plane. You’ll be greeted by its lush tropical trees, white sand, and crystal-clear beaches

If that isn’t the image of perfection, I don’t know what is. 

You and your family can stroll on the beach and enjoy the peace and quiet while making those sandcastles.

You won’t have a hard time finding kid-friendly accommodation in Bali. Consider this your home away from home, only hours away from Manila!

4 – Taiwan

Taiwan

Most tourists visit Taipei on their first time in Taiwan. The city offers many family-friendly activities, which even a baby can enjoy! 

The city provides a good balance between the modern and cultural vibes. 

Fair warning, summertime in Taiwan tends to be hot. Some good advice I can share is to schedule your trips close to the winter season and pack a good jacket. 

5 – South Korea

South Korea

Who doesn’t want to go to South Korea? With the rise of K-Pop, almost everyone is ready to pack their bags and head to this beautiful country. 

Myeong-dong would be a great place to start because it has everything you want. There’s something for mom, dad, and the kids!

You can even learn about the country’s history without leaving the city! There are many palaces and museums your and your kids can marvel at. 

6 – Thailand

Thailand

Another country not too far from the Philippines is Thailand. The sights and sounds are familiar, and I feel like I’m back home. 

I can guarantee you and your kids are having a good time in Thailand. 

It’s a tropical paradise that can give you front-row seats to some of the best views in the world. 

I recommend going to Chiang Mai if you want to take your kids around the ancient temples.

You can even do one of the elephant tours this country offers so your child gets a unique city tour experience.

You will never run out of activities and adventures should you decide to go here. 

7 – Australia

Australia

Kangaroos and koalas — these are some animals kids will first learn from the alphabet. 

What better way to learn about these animals than visiting their native land, Australia? 

Expect the flight to Australia to be a long one, so in-flight entertainment will be very important

Make sure to pack your baby’s favorite snacks and download their favorite shows.

Brace yourself, the weather in Australia tends to be a lot hotter compared to the Philippines. Since they’re closer to the equator, the air will be humid and dry. 

8 – Ireland

Ireland

Get your kids excited to visit Ireland! I bet your kids will be blown away by this country’s majestic views. 

You can be surrounded by nature and feel lost looking at the clouds and tracing the unending path of trees. 

Your baby can even have their fairytale moments in Ireland. 

You’ll have a blast getting to know the culture and tasting the country’s food. It may be overwhelming, but it’s a good kind of stress you’d keep returning to. 

Considering how long the flight is, you’ll probably have several layovers. Plan ahead and ask your airline provider if you can bring a stroller on a plane.

9 – France

France

Since reading The Little Prince, I’ve always looked for a chance to gift my nieces and nephews with this book. The story offers a good lesson to children, which I’m sure to teach my child. 

Because of this, I made it my personal goal to visit France and relive my Little Prince fantasy with my future kid. 

France is such a beautiful country to visit. Every corner is picturesque, making it a prime romantic destination. 

But for me, I’m content with bringing my little one to where my favorite book began. You can doze off on a park bench while being serenaded by some music and nature.

10 – Canada

Canada

It’s true what they say about Canadians. They are some of the friendliest and most polite people I have encountered. 

I want my child to be surrounded by that kind of behavior.  Plus, the country offers a ton of fresh and natural maple syrup. Pair it with some fluffy pancakes, and everything sounds like a dream. 

There’s also a huge Filipino community in Canada! Your fellow kababayans should help you navigate Canadian soil if you get lost. 

Just have a reliable thermal jacket to wrap your baby in. It gets really cold during the winter season and your kid might get sick. 

How to Choose Holiday Destinations for Your Baby 

How to Choose Holiday Destinations for Your Baby

I had to consider many factors in choosing the best places to travel with a baby. To help you with your search, I’ve listed some of them here. 

1 – Baby-Friendly Climate Is Key

Keep in mind that babies are so fragile they tend to get sick easily. A little change in the weather is enough to send them into a coughing fit and a bad cold. 

Not only that, but you’ll have to endure sleepless nights just to check in on your baby.

As much as possible, be sure you visit a country where your baby won’t have difficulty adjusting. 

A good example would be to start in other tropical countries, like Thailand or Indonesia. 

You can work your way up to other cooler countries, like South Korea and Japan! 

Once you think your baby is ready for the cooler weather, you can book a ticket to Ireland and Canada.

2 – Transportation Should Be Easy 

It’s not easy to travel from one destination to another with a baby in hand. Speed walking and running with a baby all day is going to be a challenge. 

Make sure your kid remains on the go and ready to move to the next destination. 

What better way to do this than by riding public transport? The public transportation system should be accessible no matter where you go.  

Take South Korea and Japan, for example, where taking the train is the most convenient option. Alternatively, you can even ride cabs or buses if you’re adventurous and have the budget. 

Unfortunately, not a lot of countries offer an efficient transport system. It pays to research and book your transportation in advance to reduce your problems. 

3 – Proper Healthcare Is a Must

One of the most important things to search for is how well the healthcare system is in the country you’re visiting. At the minimum, the facilities must be accessible. 

So many parents have ranted about their kids getting sick in a foreign country.

Some are lucky enough to experience good service, especially if they’re vacationing in European countries. 

Let’s just say the others weren’t so lucky. If I were you, bring a first aid kit just in case. Pack the essentials like fever, cough, and cold medicines in your travel diaper bag. 

4 – Double-Check Requirements Per Country 

Imagine what going through the immigration lines would be like if you were traveling with a baby. Expect most officers to be strict regardless of the country you’re visiting.

Be diligent and thorough in finding out the travel requirements of each country. 

It’s better to spend a lot of time now getting them down than wasting your time and money later if you get it wrong. 

5 – Baby Facilities Should Be Present 

Daycare centers, playgrounds, and baby feeding centers. These are some of the most important baby facilities I look for when traveling to a different country. 

Make sure to find a country where there are baby feeding centers so that you can feed your baby in peace.

Facilities such as this one can make your traveling experience a lot easier. 

Is your baby starting to feel restless? Then perhaps it’s time to take a stroll to the nearest playground! They can spend their energy there and won’t feel bored. 

Or, what if you’re planning a romantic night out with your partner? Wouldn’t you wish there was a daycare center to help you out? 

In any event, I would recommend bringing a portable travel crib with you. Your baby can sleep comfortably in their own crib even in a different country.

Frequently Asked Questions

Before I leave with my final words, allow me to answer some of the FAQs I always get about traveling with babies. 

Keep reading because you might just learn a thing or two from this section:

When Can My Baby Fly?

You’re probably excited to buy a ticket and board a plane with your baby. 

But before you do, WAIT! 

Is your baby a newborn? If the answer is yes, then I don’t recommend traveling with your baby yet. 

Babies tend to get sick often, especially those under six months old. My doctor advised me to hold off traveling with my baby until they’re finally seven months old. 

Remember that a healthy baby is a happy baby!

Once you’re ready to fly, don’t forget to bring their baby formula on a plane! More importantly, always ask how much formula you’ll be able to take on a plane

Do Babies Need a Passport to Travel?

Yes, even babies need a passport to travel! Booking an appointment with the DFA is quite a challenge, so I highly recommend finding a slot now. 

Some people would pick a schedule as far as five months from now. You may think it’s ridiculous, but it’s the reality we’d have to face when it comes to these things. 

But consider this waiting period a blessing. You’ll have more time to take cute pictures of your baby’s first passport photo! 

Should You Use a Car Seat on Airplane Seats?

It’s no secret that airplane seats are too big for your baby. Sitting your baby on your lap isn’t a good idea either, especially if there’s heavy turbulence. 

Bringing your car seat is a good way to make your baby comfortable. But even I know how much of a hassle this is. 

It’s bulky and heavy, so bringing them around will be the last thing you’d want to do. 

Although it’s a hassle, it might be a lifesaver for you and your baby’s in-flight comfort. 

Keep in mind that not all airlines allow infant car seats. Make sure to check the rules of the aircraft you’re boarding first to be safe. 

How Can I Stop My Baby From Crying During the Flight?

It would be good if your baby stays asleep during the flight. You can read up on how to get a baby to sleep anywhere, even on a long plane ride! 

Some of my friends share their experience of tiring their baby the whole day. By the time it’s time for take off, their baby is fast asleep. 

I also recommend bringing lots of entertainment for your kids. This will distract them from the long flight and ensure they have something to do! 

Conclusion

I can’t wait for my baby to come out and start traveling this huge and beautiful world.

If you’re looking for a good travel destination with your baby, check back on this list. I’ve listed several countries I’m sure you will love. 

Just be sure to read some travel baby tips so you can cover all your bases.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to book that ticket and start packing your bags! A new adventure awaits you in this new chapter of your life.

 

Josie Mariano
Josie Mariano

Hello, my name is Josie Mariano, and I’m proud to say I’m a soon-to-be mom.
Although my partner and I are still waiting for our firstborn to arrive, we’re already doing whatever it takes to prepare for our baby’s needs.
I’ve been joining a lot of parenting forums and asking my doctors for advice on how to prepare for my baby. They’ve all been very informative and I was able to spot the areas I still need to work on.
At the same time, I also rely on my mom for tips on what to do during my pregnancy journey.
With everything that I’ve learned so far, I’d like to share these experiences to fellow parents and soon-to-be parents!