Post # 31
Def the trip! You are so young and only putting TTC off for 9 months. We love to travel, seen over 90 countries inc 2 big around the world trips (also moved from EU to Oz when i was 20).
I had the travel bug badly and was ready to think about TTC once i turned 31. No regrets 🙋 hope to continue to explore this bloody beautiful planet even when baby arrives.
Enjoy Down Under, one of the most beautiful places on Earth 😍
Post # 32
Travel. No question. Get thee down under.
Post # 33
TRIP!! I spent my 20s galavanting around the world and it was incredible. I lived in NZ, India, UK, West and Central Africa, Netherlands, and now Belgium. I’m now 30 and Darling Husband snow I have decided it’s time to go home (US) and have kids. We’re moving this summer and TTCing as soon as we arrive. We also want 4 kids and plan to try for one every 2-3 years.
Being able to see the world has been an incredible 7 years and the travel bug is pretty out of my system. We will always love travel but are OK taking a hiatus until our kids are older and can remember the experiences.
Do the trip, living abroad can be challenging but so amazing and worthwhile!!
Post # 34
As a side note, it sounds like you will be looking for a new job after the trip? If so make sure you check the maternity leave eligibility criteria carefully – sometimes you have to have been working for a certain amoutn of time before you can have maternity leave. You probably know that though 🙂
Post # 35
At 25 you should 100% take the trip! I’m actually surprised there are three people who wouldn’t put off TTC for 9 months for something like this.
Post # 36
It’s only 9 months so I would definitely travel!
Post # 37
I love to travel, so that trip would hands down be my choice. 9 months isn’t too long to wait until you start trying, anyway!
Post # 38
Travel all the way! I travelled quite a bit, including living in Africa for a year, in my 20s and am so grateful to have had those opportunities. I look back fondly to those days, and am sure you and your partner will too!
That said, I also have baby fever and understand how strong of a pull that can be. Good luck whatever you do!
Post # 39
WillowBee33 : I do like that idea, although I’m wondering if they would do fertility tests on me if I haven’t been TTC? That would definitely put my mind at ease, I’ll look into this! Thanks
Post # 40
nonablu : In Canada maternity leave is paid by the government (EI) and you just have to work a certain amount of hours within a year to qualify 🙂 So I’ll definitely make sure I meet those requirements! Although employers do sometimes top up maternity leave with more pay so I’ll have to look into that once I find a new job post-trip!
Post # 41
Thanks again for all the replies bees, I feel like going on the trip is such an obvious choice but oh man baby fever can really blur what is the right choice! I’m glad to hear that most of you would take the trip! We’ve traveled a bit in the past but never longer for 6 weeks, so this would definitely be a wonderful opportunity! I love hearing all your stories about traveling 🙂 keep them coming!
Post # 42
I feel you, OP! We originally planned to TTC this year but decided we wanted to travel more instead, so we are going to Japan and Costa Rica (we live in the US) and postpone TTC until next year. I just feel like there are so many places to see and we are still young (27, 29) so why not try to hit some of our bucket list places before kids. We still plan to travel with a kid, but it’s just so much cheaper and easier without. I think it’s worth waiting. All of my coworkers who are my age are already pregnant or TTC later this year so now I feel behind, but hey… I can get their hand-me-downs! Enjoy your travels, bee! I am jealous!
Post # 43
That sounds like an amazing trip!! At 25, I would definitely have picked a trip like that first over trying for a baby right away.
Also, as an aside – you don’t have to stop travelling because you have a child/children. Your trips may change in intensity, but it’s totally doable. In her first year, our daughter came on both domestic and international trips with us and while it does require some modification to our normal travel routine, it’s not a major disturbance. We definitely took advantage of the fact that I was on mat leave for a year (also in Canada) and the free/majorly discounted airline tickets for infants.
Post # 44
Definitely the trip. This isn’t to write off anybody’s personal experience with parenting, but the vast majority of people will experience the ‘life altering’ nature of parenting at some point-earlier or later.
Very, very few people are lucky enough to go on this type of trip and have those types of life altering experiences that come with long-term, extensive travel. I’d do to the trip no question.
Post # 45
Trip. Once a baby is in your life, trips like these either wont happen or are very hard on you.