Adventures and Outings: Charlie Takes in Ireland

Adventures and Outings: Charlie Takes in Ireland

Julia Cho
Aug 12, 2008

During our Escapes month on Ohdeedoh, we are posting great photos and tips for traveling with children from our readers. Please check here for all the details. The first twenty submissions posted will receive the official AT bib. Hope to hear from you soon.

At eight months, Charlie took his first trip out of the country. We love how meditative he looks enjoying the scenery. We're also told he enjoyed visiting the local pubs.

The city where the photo was taken: The photo is Charlie back in June at the Upper Lake in Glendaloch, Ireland. The other photo is Charlie at a "pet farm" in County Galway.

Your favorite baby or child-friendly activity there: Our favorite activity that was specifically for Charlie was probably our visit to the "pet farm" (Irish for petting zoo). He loved the animals, and we loved seeing all the cute little Irish kids running around and playing. He also liked hanging out in pubs - most pubs we visited actually had high chairs available!

Your best tip or words of wisdom for traveling with kids: Travel often! We want Charlie to be used to traveling, and we need to stay in practice, too. It seems that every time we travel there are new challenges and you learn new things. For instance, I just learned that you can put in a request for a seat next to an empty middle seat when you make your plane reservations.

Your favorite way to make it feel like home: To make Charlie comfortable at night when traveling, we usually let him sleep with us. It's not what we do at home, but it's a great way to take advantage of king-sized hotel beds, and to make him feel comfortable in a strange environment.

An item you MUST take with you when traveling: We have the Ergo Baby Carrier, and it is essential for us - we don't take the stroller through the airport, and on a lot of trips, we don't even take a stroller at all. A baby carrier is so much easier to pack, and easier to take through tight places or over rough terrain.

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