Mahal had no choice when she was born to parents who love to travel, she was destined to follow in their footsteps. What better time to start than at the young age of 4 months old. That’s right... at 4 months old Mahal took her first backpacking trip! Mahal is now 4 years old and has managed to travel around 15 countries, not a bad start for the little one! Some people think travel ends once you have kids, but it's not true. It gets even better! Here are travel tips & stories of our adventures, follow us as we explore the world.
Our most rewarding trip
The most exotic and rewarding place that Mahal has ever been is India. I never thought we would be brave enough to try this one, but Joshua (being a travel filmmaker) always wanted to film a video there so we gave it a shot. Here is the video that came from that trip...
The streets of India were chaotic and full of people. At 3 years old, the carrier was our best friend as Joshua skillfully navigated through the maze of confusion. Mahal enjoyed her free ride but at times was encouraged to walk alongside us through the busy crowd. She was good at dodging people, animals and garbage on the street and became a natural at this by the end of the trip!
I think her favorite part of the trip was visiting Taj Mahal because for a split moment…maybe a few hours, she thought this beautiful creation was named after her!
Taking a 3 year old to India was certainly challenging! The unbearable weather led to some unpredictable tantrums and there was no escaping the heat! One time during a heat wave, we had to take a non-air conditioned train for 12 hours to get to Varanasi when it was over 40 degrees Celsius.
When it came to visiting the Ganges in Varanasi, Mahal was looking forward to jumping in for a quick swim to cool off from the heat. We had to constantly remind her that this was ‘special’ water and she could not touch it. We were really worried about Mahal getting sick. Fortunately, she listened and was able to enjoy the water in a different way-watching the thousands of people bathe in it during the day and candles floating at night.
Our favourite trip
Cuba was one of our favorite trips! We loved it so much that when Josh was invited back to work on a video project a few weeks ago, we booked our tickets right away. Our first trip to Cuba was in December 2014 after hearing news of the changing relationship between the Cubans and Americans. We decided to grab a flight and travel over the xmas break for a couple of weeks. What great experience for a 3 year old!