Travelling With A Stroller – An Update

First we went back and forth as to whether to take a stroller with us or not. Ed was 2.75 when we left and in the end we decided that yes, we would take our old Maclaren with us and see how we go, prepared to ditch it if need be.

We travelled with the stroller from Singapore, through Malaysia and into Thailand and found that we really weren’t using it enough to justify the effort of lugging it from place to place. So we ditched it as I wrote about here.

I’m glad we ditched it when we did. Not having the stroller certainly made it easier to travel by bus up through central and northern Thailand and we really didn’t miss it. In fact we often commented, thank god we don’t have the stroller. We used the kinderpack carrier, we used tuk tuks, or we carried him on a hip or shoulders for short distances.

Now we’re in the UK and Europe there are a couple of key differences that make getting around without a stroller trickier:

1. It’s cold! We’re wearing layers and bulky jackets and while it is still possible to use the carrier it’s not always comfortable.

2. There are no tuk tuks! What?! You mean we have to walk all that way?!

We survived in London with the carrier and just carrying him but after a day in Glasgow where he refused to go in the carrier, but also refused to walk, I said that’s it! We’re buying a cheap stroller. And I did. And it is tiny and he looks huge in it but it does the job, he sleeps in it, and it’s very light and easy to carry when travelling. And everyone is happy.

Lack of tuk tuks in the UK means we bought a cheapie stroller. He seems to like it.

Stroller snooze.


4 Responses to “Travelling With A Stroller – An Update”

  1. 1 Sharon December 5, 2013 at 6:28 am

    It can be such a big decision! We didnt take it with us this trip with our currently 20 month old and three year old as we need to be able to take public transport with the kids and our luggage and it is just too much to carry as well – so much easier in asia where taxis are cheap!! We bought a cheap one for this section of our trip while we have a hire car, but we are actually trying to avoid to use it at all – as soon as we bring out the stroller, our three year old refuses to walk, so we never actually get to use it for our one year old anyway! It is handy for longer activities where its too far for her to walk, but otherwise, I find it makes our life harder.

  2. 2 Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist December 7, 2013 at 11:25 am

    It definitely depends a lot on the destination. Travelling around Asia we never take it – but the tuk tuk drivers do drop you at the door! No walking from bus stops and all in light T-shirts and shorts.

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