Riding Bareback


A year or so ago, my husband found a preview for a documentary about a surf family. As it happens, he knew the wife. As a teenager, she would break all the “codes” by butting into whatever wave she wanted to surf on. My husband has a subscription to Surfer’s Journal and she became a national longboard champion.

This flaxen family has been traveling the world, surfing and adventuring and making a movie about it all. The one photograph that sticks with me shows each parent holding a small child on each lap, bouncing in the back of an Indian taxi. Dust is flying everywhere. No strollers in the trunk. No carseats. And by the look on their faces, no worries.

Now I shoot daggers at parents if I see them holding a child on their lap here, but it makes sense if you’re traveling in a far off land. How practical would it be to travel with the daily lode that I carry while going to the supermarket? Not very. I have shied away from international travel with the kids, but I would love to do it. It would be a good teaching on how to follow the pulse of the family. Keep things simple and engaging.

Anyone tried it? Tips? What are the essentials to travel with?

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About unapologetictasha

I love the struggles and joys of things; what I learn about parenting, I learn about life. I am a stay-at-home vegan mom who has a strict regimen of daily in-house dance parties. My kids and I love art, nature, and books.
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3 Responses to Riding Bareback

  1. mommyhoodhk says:

    We’ve done some travelling, but not as bareback as your friends. We didn’t go with a stroller to Bali since the roads were pretty gravelly but we brought 2 carriers just in case both needed carrying. Baby A was about 3 months and Little S was about 18 months. We were staying in a villa so we had access to a highchair and baby bath. Carriers are ESSENTIAL!!!! I was breastfeeding so we didn’t need bottles and we bought whatever diapers they had at the grocery store. We were worried most about the water during bath since it’s not recommended to brush your teeth with the tap water so we used bottled stuff for washing the hair just in case they kept their mouths open.

  2. Savvy traveling, Anna! How did the kids do being away from home in general?

  3. mommyhoodhk says:

    So far, they’ve been really great! We usually would all sleep in the same room and pull a twin bed next to the queen so there’s extra room. We found that we needed down time during the travels though especially when they’re so young. Every 2-3 days, they needed a chill out at home day so not too much sightseeing, etc. Even at home, they don’t like being out too long. S asks to go home. Our next trip is at xmas to Koh Samui Thailand. Can’t wait! We haven’t been anywhere since January to England so it should be interesting.

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