When one talks about backpacking in general, the typical image that one thinks of is that of young guns carrying rucksacks and walking shoes with a carefree spirit living in hostels, making friends and seeing the World with a travel plan left relatively open. What if this image is replaced with one of a young mother wearing a rucksack, walking around with a little baby in a pram and doing exactly the same things that a typical backpacking trip would involve, all the way in Europe? Well that’s me and that is exactly what I have been doing for a few years now.
My daughter is now four and a half, but I started travelling overseas with her since she was just a year old. I did my first backpacking trip with her to three cities in Germany back in 2016. I travelled to the beautiful cities of Hamburg, Cologne and Frankfurt with her and did it in true backpacker style.
I knew it would be a challenge managing her food, sleep and comfort and mine as well with us being by ourselves and travelling in this style. However, it was a challenge I wanted to take on and soon enough was convinced that I had taken the right decision to travel alone with her. I paid attention to her cues for hunger, sleep and poop and this kept us going on without any major mishaps. I always carried along a day bag that had supplies for the baby such as diapers and clothes, snacks and a feeding cover as I was still self feeding her. I realised these were very minimal obstacles to travel, and with a positive mindset introduced her to the beauty of Europe. She had just started walking so was frolicking around German markets, gorgeous cathedrals and sitting by lakes and parks, and was also getting used to taking trains, buses and subways with me in her baby carrier or pram.