March 2016, The Aussie, the Kid and I traveled to Melbourne, Australia, to spend three glorious weeks visiting family and friends. I planned everything out. I over thought everything. I over-packed like a crazed mother crossing the world with her son for the first time. (I was!) I thought I thought of everything.
I never once thought about the fact that big cities aren't really great fun for little kids. Sure, the museums, green space and some sights can be great, but the over-stimulation and getting from point A to point B can be tough. Especially, if you don't have a stroller or transportation.
Allow me to use my horror story as an example.
The City of Melbourne, Australia is gorgeous. From the architecture to the sights, sounds, trams, food, culture, museums, street art and Pokie pubs, it's the greatest.
Dad picks him up and carries him a couple of blocks. Puts him down.
Later that night before bed:
Me: Why didn't you want to walk today? You always want to walk.
The Kid: There are too many people and all I can see is their butts!
As the conversation progressed, I realized it must be scary for a three foot, four-year-old in a big city. He's in a strange place, there are people everywhere surrounding him, especially on the street corners. It's got to be scary.
The next morning, a friend brought us a stroller on his way to work. Even though the kid was a little big for it, he was happy to sit in it.
That being said, we still spent a great deal of time holding him during our three-week trip. The second he got tired, uncomfortable or unsure, into our arms he went.
Before we flew back to the states, we made a pitstop in Sydney, Australia. Without a stroller, we were prepared to hold him while in the city, however, we quickly found out all the hills in the Sydney CBD made it back-breaking hell.
We were going to have trouble the next four days navigating Sydney by foot with a four-year-old. I was desperate for a stroller and resolved to buy one until I found out strollers are sold at only one store in the CBD, David Jones, and start at $100AU.
We passed on buying a stroller and opted to make do. (Read: He spent a lot of time attached to daddy.)
Needless to say, we took advantage of public transportation every chance we got.
and the double-decker city tour bus.
I know bringing a stroller on a plane can be a pain in the ass, but it flys free and will prove to be priceless.