For those who love to travel, parenthood may feel like the end. The extra hassle, expense and disruption to routine make even the most passionate travelers think twice. But for parents fortunate enough to get parental leave, it’s a unique opportunity to celebrate their new arrival with a once-in-a-lifetime family trip. It’s often the longest break you can get from work, but is it ok to use it to travel with a baby? Is it safe to take your baby away, and is it too stressful?
Although the United States is one of the only developed countries without mandated parental leave, it’s a popular employee benefit. According to researchers at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, over half of employers (55 percent) now offer paid maternity leave and 45 percent offer paid paternity leave. We spoke to three families who took advantage of this time away from the office to travel with their kids and despite the perceived challenges, here’s how they pulled it off.