5 places to travel before we have kids

Yup, we’re finally going there people. We’re talkin’ babies, because let’s face it — we aren’t getting any younger and neither are our nagging parents.

I don’t know when it started hitting us — the topic of babies. Maybe it’s all the baby showers and kid birthdays consuming our weekends as of late. Or how our Facebook feed went from selfies at the gym to sleeping babies and snotty noses. Maybe it’s that Parenting magazine I received in the mail one random month (who’s cruel joke was that btw?!). Or the fact the nest, sister site to the knot, emailed us out of the blue asking if we’d write a piece on 7 Trips To Take Together Before Having a Baby. Yeah, that probably did it. Regardless, we’ve got babies on our mind and we’re not sure what to do.

Except that selfishly, we want to continue to travel. That’s not to say that once you start having kids, our traveling days are over. But in some ways we know the way we travel today, and to some extent, where we choose to go, will change. Things will be different. And I’m not sure we’re willing to give that up yet. There’s a list of places we’d want to visit — places that may not seem as accessible when you’re towing a stroller around — before we start expanding our family of two.

It’s a hot topic around our dinner table virtually every night — where do you want to go next before.. you know — and literally every night, we come up with a different answer than the night before.

So, we are enlisting your help. Help us decide where to go next before we have a baby.

These are our top choices. Oh, and for the record, I am not pregnant.

Iceland

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Catching the Aurora Borealis is something we’ve always wanted to do, especially in Iceland. That and a dip in the Blue Lagoon.

Galapagos Islands

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“Boobies are the only thing I want to see,” Gerard says. He means the wildlife, I think. LOL. I’ll go for the yacht cruise and scuba diving. And the giant tortoise, of course.

Antarctica

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Penguins, duh! That and it just seem like the farthest, most out of this world and out of reach places you can think of. So naturally, we want to go there.

Bhutan

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Trekking Tiger’s Nest, “It just looks really cool,” says G. That’s enough for me. Also because likely, it’s not the first place that comes to mind for many. The isolation and mystery of it all has us spellbound.

Jordan

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To be completely transparent, of all the places we’ve listed above and many more we desire to visit next, there’s something about Jordan we keep coming back to — the ancient city of Petra, Wadi Rum and the Black Sea are a few things that comes to mind.

We are so torn — help!!

If you had to choose just one, where would you want to go before starting a family?

 

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  • Gophur

    Having kids and traveling are not mutually exclusive. It is harder than traveling with just yourselves, but it can be done. It helps to have lots of money, though!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Agree. I’m actually looking forward to traveling with kids in tow. And, all that money you talked about. Hehe..

  • Katie Featherstone

    Great suggestions. I can sympathise with this thought too. I want to get to India! Can’t imagine lugging a baby around there somehow…

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      India is wonderful! But you’re right, I’m not sure I’d be able to lug a baby around there — could barely lug Gerard. LOL

  • Audrey & Harry

    Please! Go to Antarctica! It was the adventure of a lifetime and mine (Audrey’s) favorite continent by far. My husband made me this video and it truly captures my love of the coldest, most desolate continent. You won’t regret it! Cross off your seventh continent!
    http://thebudgetsavvytravelers.com/2014/12/19/exploring-antarctica-welcome-to-the-7th-continent-club/

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      How cute are you two?! LOVE the video. It looks cold. Haha. We’re very tempted to check off #7 too.

  • Rachael

    We did Jordan at the tail end of our 6 month trip and it was AMAZING! we’re dying to go back! There is something magical about the middle east. But I do have to say, that our 10 day Icelandic roadtrip was one of our favorite trips ever!!!! Check out this vid if you need any more convincing! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EafrhxTHPf4

    Oh and we’re down in Baja California right now and saw blue-footed boobies today! There’s a large colony not far from La Paz, Mexico. We swam with whale sharks, sea lions, saw the boobies up close and ate lunch at Banderas Bay on a secluded beach. Definitely a do-able trip from SF! Good luck choosing 😉

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Oh Baja! I was thinking we should take an extended weekend away there soon. Didn’t know you can spot boobies there. lol

      We are so torn — Jordan and Iceland are equally high on the list. Sounds like we can’t go wrong either way… 😀

  • http://expatedna.com/ Edna

    oh god the fb feeds. it almost makes me miss seeing selfies from the gym.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Almost but not really, right? Haha. I don’t feel bad for hiding baby picture feeds from friends. Or gym photos for that matter. 😉

  • TravelBudgetCouple
    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Oh hey! Tempting…

  • http://housetolaos.com/ House To Laos

    Hahaha, I can totally sympathize with nagging parents. When we left for our RTW there was much talk about IT, and now that we are back, well as far as they are concerned we should have had a baby or two yesterday :) Cheers to travels either way!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      According to them, I’m about 2 years behind so… LOL. Cheers to travel either way indeed. 😉

  • http://breathewithus.com/ Hugo Cura

    Since I’ve been to Jordan and Iceland (twice and going again next year) I would probably choose Galapagos. I urgently need to go there! :)

    Oh. I feel the pressure of nagging parents too. Let them wait!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I wouldn’t mind just laying around, doing nothing on a yacht.. in the Galapagos. Do any of the places you’ve been seen non-kid friendly? Oh, and I think I’ll take your advice and let “them” wait. :)

  • Celine Brewer

    You are right, travel will change when you have baby in tow! You absolutely CAN still do it though!

    My vote is for Bhutan! We dream of the day we can go out trekking again.. That will probably be a few years away and require some convincing of grandparents to babysit :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Lol, carry one of those kid-trekking backpacks — that should do it. 😉

  • JulikaSarah

    I still can’t process how much my Facebook newsfeed has changed in the last years — all I see now is ultrasound photos and engagement rings, it’s terrifying :)
    I was just in Jordan though, and while it’s probably not the best destination for a baby, I still had the impression that visiting with older kids could be really great there!
    I’m looking forward to reading about your upcoming pre-baby trips! :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Right?! All I see nowadays are babies and different constipated facial expression or drool — it really is terrifying. I never thought about ideal destination to bring older kids. That’s a nice thought, actually. One step at a time though… haha. And, I like how you pluralized “trips” at the end… we just might have to. 😉

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