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We are heading into uncharted territory

So, we are off to China. Never been there, don’t speak Mandarin. No worries.

The more foreboding uncharted territory is ‘traveling with toddler’. We’ve not really done it before…

We left our home in Perth in May 2009 to drive around Australia. Snowy was 2 1/4. So, kind-of an old toddler. In nappies, yes, and very committed to his dummy, true, but also pretty good at walking and talking, using a spoon, and all that.
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Our DIY travel wheelchair

On our extensive travel prep lists, one of the two most challenging and important tasks was to acquire a travel wheelchair for Sparky that can go hiking, sit in restaurants, fold small, with a removable seat that can go in cars and planes and on the back of elephants. It needs to be waterproof, unbreakable, reparable from easily available materials, attractive (except to thieves) and cheap.

After two years of reading travel blogs and forums we found no precedent. How do people do it? Surely someone had figured this one out.

This post is the  story of what we did.  Everyone’s needs are different, but  we hope the following is useful to someone!

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Traveling is like being a baby

Babies create a wide and welcoming doorway into other cultures. People, by and large, just love babies. They pinch their cheeks and talk to them in excited parodies of speech. They make people lose their inhibitions and act silly, leap about or pull funny faces.   Babies will fit right in on a noisy bus with chickens and elbows and shared laps and communal food.

But what about being a baby? And being a traveler?

It has occurred to me that travel is just like being a baby. Somewhere to sleep. Something to eat. Something warm or cool to wear. Stuff to look at, people to smile at and talk to. The ability to sleep in odd positions. No bills. Milestones, not deadlines. The simple things.

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