Photo Fave: The ferry to Koh Phi Phi

Beats the heck out of traveling solo. ;-)

Ask me? Beats the heck out of traveling solo.

Here we are, my firstborn and I, on the ferry to Koh Phi-Phi, just before we were instructed to climb down a ladder into a wooden longtail boat bobbing beside us. For most able-bodied passengers, this would not be a big deal. But I had a baby to carry–and both boats were moving. Fortunately I had my trusty Moby Wrap to whip out and wind around myself, which allowed enough slack to slip her into it still wearing the life jacket.

Piece of cake–when you’re prepared!

In case you missed my big news a couple of days ago, I received the bronze award in “Travel Blogs” from the North American Travel Journalists Association. Excited? I drove twice past my son’s preschool the first morning I’d found out, and still today wore two different colored socks to a school meeting without realizing it!

At the same time, I’ve  had a good laugh at how the “other guys” who won silver and gold must be wondering how a blog about traveling with babies and little kids could have any business being listed next to theirs. After all, even my travel hero Rick Steves advises against traveling with young children (if necessary, bring leashes and Valium, he recommends).

I’ve benefited from much of his travel advice, but I’m glad I ignored that bit. Aren’t you? 😉

Well, I’m in such a good mood, I think I’m going to have to give something away very soon! Keep watching…

Safe journeys,

Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning Travels with Baby guidebooks