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We want to go to Thailand with our 1 year old in Nov; however, we have been told we are crazy multiple times. We would hire nannies once there, but obviously it’s a bit scary with COVID (though when we mentioned the trip to our pediatrician, he seemed more concerned about the 20+ hour travel time. We are flying business, if that helps). Could anyone provide perspective on how you might consider whether to cancel? Should we do something else (e.g. Europe, Mexico, etc.). The trip is 2+ weeks long

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I’m so motivated to read your post! Go for it! I used to think we’d travel internationally all of the time with kids but then we had our baby during Covid and I got so worried about nap schedules that switching time zones makes me anxious. You’ve got this and enjoy!

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I felt the same way! Pregnant with no 1 and already planning longer int’l trips. I’ve been concerned that I’m just dreaming but I hope they (/need them to) pan out!

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Have you seen the data on Covid for that age range? I would be more concerned about RSV and other diseases. Why are people saying you’re crazy? I would take my child. The only thing that might be an issue is them adapting to the time difference and being fussy the first few days.

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20 hours of travel does seem like a lot with a one year old for a two week trip and with that time adjustment… if it was me, I’d probably either go longer or go somewhere closer unless you feel confident that bebe will sleep well on the flight. Only you know your little one and their tolerance for length of travel, time adjustment, etc. so you do you!

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Ha totally. At that age, we used to travel with our twins but the longest flight we had was 8 or 9 hours. Besides lots of snacks, we wrapped all of their toys in newspaper so they could rip the paper, brought a box of tissues which they pulled all the tissues out of one by one (then we put them back in and they did it again and again). Those two things were great ways to kill time with a baby on a plane…

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Don’t have a kid on that long of a flight if they are consistent criers please. Don’t put other travelers through that. . . Also not sure id trust a nanny that you do not know to watch my kid in another country …

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Why dont you stop travel SC1? Its a choice you know

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Writing from the Iceland Airport- just completed a trip with our almost 2 year old through Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Iceland. Do what feels good for you and your family, but it is possible!

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Traveling with one year old should be easier than with 2 year old so if you’re not worried about covid I say go for it

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I haven't looked at covid data for Thailand recently, but my reservations would be the duration of the flight. Business or not, 20 hours of recycled air with a toddler that isn't wearing a mask has a high probability of resulting in some kind of sniffles (not a study, just observation from 3 friends that have done it with their small babies/toddlers. They also flew business. They didn't have full on flu or anything but few days or runny noses and fever, which is just a drag on the whole trip.). It's also a big time difference so there will be adjustment pre and post. I've also found on some trips with my first that they can be pickier eaters when not at home, which can be frustrating if you're at a hotel and can't cook anything for them. Is your baby already used to Thai cuisine? That said, you know your family and your baby best. The comments you're getting are most likely because *most* of us are stuck in our routines and/or way too disorganized for this kind of trip. If you guys are flexible and have a plan for childcare/meals/baby gear/etc., then just go for it. My only advice is make sure you yourself don't have any reservations about your ability to handle everything. If you guys have a plan (and backup plan) and an easy going baby, enjoy it.

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This is helpful, thank you! My baby LOVES food, we feed her all sorts of stuff, including Thai food. We have pouches we will bring too. We are pretty flexible, but still nervous about the long flight. Leaning towards doing it, just trying to think through everything.

Not sure if the concern is because of Covid or because the kid is too young. Covid - boils down to your risk levels. But age wise this is actually a better age to travel than say 2 years. Our family is in India, so we went when our daughter was about 10 months. With a bit of prep (iPad, books and toys, all her packaged food), it went very smoothly. We did struggle with time zone issues… kid continued on U.S. time zone even in India. But we were just at home with family, so it was fine… I am not sure how that would go if you were out doing tourist stuff, but also your baby kept you up at night.

Do it, you will survive and it isn’t as hard to travel w babies as people say. You just need to be flexible, every day won’t be able to be jam packed with activities. Try to pick one thing a day and try your best to all get good sleep. I took a 3 yr old and 4 month old on a flight to nz (which also included a 4hr flight across the US) and we’ll do it again when NZ opens up (and we’ll prob have a new baby). See if there are any US in Thailand Facebook groups w moms that might be able to help w good kids activities, baby gear, or even sitters if needed. Offer to bring something small from the US (peanut butter is always a good treat). Travel with kids is different and not for everyone, but great memories for you!

If you’re already used to traveling with your daughter, and it’s not daunting - go for it! The packing required for a three day weekend at grandma’s requires a similar amount of packing and planning, honestly. But if you’ve never traveled with her before, I wouldn’t make this huge one the first.

I would be thinking of the comfort and safety of the very young unvaccinated baby first. When my kids were that young we stayed domestic and we also weren’t in a pandemic. What is it about Thailand and could you create a similar vibe in Hawaii or Puerto Rico? Depending where you live in the states it could be 6 hours in flight instead of 20…and easier to get home if you have an issue.

20 hours - I’d do it with one kid and two parents. We did 24 hours of flying each way with a 11 month old; now that we have two kids, I dread the day we have to make that journey again.

Also recommend the Facebook group “Traveling worldwide with kids”- so much inspiration and good tips there!

Brilliant, thanks for recommending.

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I would be concerned more about the nanny’s than covid. you’re in a foreign country and to trust a stranger with your baby. You don’t know the country and you don’t know what the nanny can do.

We traveled long haul flights a lot with our daughter when she was a baby and toddler, including Thailand. Would mostly be concerned about Covid. If you do travel there, best advice I can give is to take your car seat onto the plane and make sure it is compatible. Also, make sure you stick with the sleep routines. Otherwise your child will be a cranky mess. If your prioritize that, it’ll be amazing. Speaking from experience.

My friend relo’d to Thailand right before COVID and has been able to live a normal life there. Honestly - if you all are heathy, just do it.

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