In this interview series called What Inspires….. I aim to share with you what inspires other travellers to get out there and see the world in the hope that it inspires you to do the same.
This week’s interview is with , Celine from Baby Can Travel.
Celine and her husband share a love of the outdoors and travelling. Together they have visited 37 countries, including one amazing year on the road!
Prior to their daughter being born, they made a promise to each other to continue to travel. And they kept that promise by taking her to Barcelona when she was just 3 months old. They had a wonderful trip which boosted their confidence in travelling with an infant and it ultimately became the inspiration for their blog and a series of eBook destination guides
Since then they have taken her to New Mexico, New York City, London and Paris. Celine and her husband hope to inspire others to travel as a family and to help make travelling with an infant safe, easy and memorable.
Read on to find out what inspires Celine from Baby Can Travel.
What or who inspired you to travel and discover the world?
My first trip wasn’t until I was 29 years old! It was prompted by a desire to do something that I hadn’t done before and to do it by myself. It was that first trip that was the inspiration to continue to travel and discover new places. Less than one year after that first trip, I found myself on a RTW trip for an entire year. It’s been almost 8 years since I took that first trip and if anything, I’d say my desire to travel has just continued to grow, even through major life changes like getting married and having a baby.
I’ve heard people say that you should travel and get it out of your system before having children. That didn’t work for us! I counter that by saying you should travel before having children, travel with your children and keep travelling after your children have left home. You won’t get it out of your system!
Where was your first overseas trip and was it everything you expected it to be?
My first overseas trip was a solo trip to Greece. I started the trip off with a few days by myself to explore Athens and Santorini, and then I joined a sailing trip for the remainder. I knew nothing about sailing, nor had I ever been. I was all about trying something new. This trip was so much more than I expected it to be because I learned some valuable lessons. The most important travel lesson that I learned was that it’s easier than it seems.
What’s one tip you can give to anyone about to head off on their first overseas adventure?
Expect that things can and will go wrong. Sometimes those mishaps make for the best memories!
Best travel experience so far?
I’m willing to bet most people have trouble narrowing this down to just one? Travelling for a year was hands down one of the best things I have ever done, but to narrow it down, that’s more difficult. I often like to play a game with my husband where I ask questions like: “If you could only go back to one place that we’ve already been, which would you choose?”. I almost always cheat and pick 2-3 places when he asks the question back, but for you I will choose only one. Our trip to Tonga to snorkel with the humpback whales was one of the most amazing experiences I could ever imagine having. I have loved whales since elementary school and that trip was a dream come true.
What’s your biggest source of travel inspiration between trips?
My husband and I have season tickets to the National Geographic Live Speaker series. It always prompts more “travel talk”. As do the many travel brochures that my husband likes to bring home. Our discussions about travel and our future plans are the biggest inspiration, especially when we talk about all the wonderful places we want to experience (or re-experience) with our children.
Do you have a favourite quote, travel related or otherwise?
I actually have two favourite quotes. I remind myself of them to keep the right perspective when things don’t go exactly as I had hoped. My husband is also very good at reminding me of them… The second one is especially important now, as our travels have certainly changed with an infant in tow (and soon will be a toddler plus an infant!).
“Want to make God laugh? Tell him your plans!”
“It’s not always easy, but it is always worth it!”
Connect with Celine
Why not check out her blog, Baby Can Travel and her series of destination specific guides on travelling with an infant. And of course you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
Thanks Celine for sharing your inspiring travel story with us. For a further dose of inspiration, you can look back over all past interviews here.
Over to You!
Who or what, inspires you to travel and discover the world?
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