Last weekend, we tried another go at Lonavla (which is a small hill station near Pune, Maharashtra, India) with our baby (who’s now almost 9 months old and has already traveled the East, West and North in our country! lol..We did have my parents accompanying us this time, and my husband and I were really excited since my father was able to book us rooms at INS Shivaji (which is the naval base there, since he is an ex-Navy man :))
Before, I delve into the actual topic, let me tell you, that the best places to live and stay in India are actually owned and maintained by the Defence (Army/Navy/Air Force) or various Public sectors (Railways/Govt services, etc). I’ve become a civilian since long now, but every time I get a chance to visit one of these places/establishments (thanks to me dad), I go down memory lane and I just love it! These are the cleanest, greenest places where people live in India I feel and I wonder why the private property guys can’t replicate something similar? Hmm..anyhow..back to the topic 🙂
Although, the place was just as I had imagined, we had some unplanned events and a cranky baby at our hands which sort of made the experience a little more tiring and just because we could, we checked out earlier the next day, than planned. In a nutshell, we had a mix of experiences which I’ve listed down in a table as the Goods and the Bads of our trips like a true analyst..lol 😀
The Goods 🙂
The Bads 😦
|When we entered, it was still so beautiful! The quiet, the green trees, you could hear the birds instead of the horns of cars! So peaceful!||There was an inspection ongoing, so we couldn’t get rooms at that awesome lake house that we stayed at last time, so the rooms now in comparison seemed a little dab|
|My daughter just wanted to be outside, in her stroller or in the carrier and see the green leaves and the birds and scream! She went out for many walks and strolls- in the evening, at night, in the morning and we even found some swings – her favorite thing to do these days there! She loved it and I loved watching the beauty of everything with her new eyes again! 🙂||The rooms were quite cold and the floors were not carpeted so our daughter (who has recently started crawling) felt restricted because she wanted to crawl, but felt cold when we’d leave her on the floor to do so|
|Lucky that my mom had packed some home made dried food for her to eat on the first day, so that wasn’t so bad||But the second day, we were unprepared and blindly depended on the canteen food, which was a huge letdown. In other notes where we were unprepared – I got her PJs but forgot to get the top that goes with the PJs! Lol!|
|I was able to have a few minutes of quite , sipping my whiskey in the outdoor mess at night, where I hogged on chinese starters , when I suddenly looked up and I could see the stars in a bright clear sky..it was beautiful..my highlight and moment of the trip 🙂||I had planned to have some more alone and me time where I could catch up on my reading and also spend some more time with my husband, but the baby needed our constant attention and by night we were too tired to even try and stay awake beyond 11 pm! lol|
I didn’t intend to make this a table of one for one or see if my Goods outnumbered the bad, but just to show that although there were tough times, there were also amazing beautiful fun times that I had. Which brings me to the question that most of us ask ourselves when we’re parents and parents who love to travel in general – Is it really worth all the headache and effort and mishaps that come along when traveling with a baby/toddler? Should I go or should I stay?
My personal take? If you love to travel, then go 🙂 Traveling is about adventures and mis-adventures anyway right? I know the baby/toddler won’t really get much or remember anything when they grow up, but why should the parents miss out on experiencing the joys of traveling and the joys of seeing the same thing with the eyes of a child? It truly is exhilarating! 🙂 The only tips I have is that – expect things to go wrong- you’re with a baby, thats the fun of it. And try not to be a perfectionist parent – babies can survive very well on milk, water, juice, canned baby food/cereal, mashed potato, bread, etc. if its just a matter of a few days. If your baby hasn’t fallen ill, consider the trip to be a super success! Lol! But then again, this is just my take on stuff- I’m no child doctor and no expert on traveling or parenting..hehhe
Here’s a picture of the happy family on the last day of the trip (yeah the baby looks disturbed..lol) 😀 What are your thoughts on traveling with a child? Any planning that helps smoothen things out a little? Do you like to venture out more?