Have Baby, Will Travel (Maybe)
According to Amie O'Shaughnessy, founder of Ciao Bambino, a travel service that specializes in helping parents travel Europe with children, "The biggest misconception parents have about international travel with young children is that it is just too hard. Parents fear that after a long flight, they will experience a relocation—more work in a new place—and struggle to find basic resources in a foreign environment."
With proper planning, this fallacy can be avoided. Notes O'Shaughnessy, "If itineraries and destinations are chosen with care, resources are easily accessible including first-rate pediatric medical care; high-quality accommodations with kitchens, baby supplies, equipment; and interesting activities for the entire family."
Whether heading for the local mall or the Louvre, the importance of effective preparation cannot be overlooked. It can undeniably set the stage for a wonderful experience or a "never again" nightmare.