Tips for travelling with an infant

Trav­el is the move­ment of peo­ple between rel­a­tive­ly dis­tant geo­graph­i­cal loca­tions, and can involve trav­el by foot, bicy­cle, auto­mo­bile, train, boat, air­plane, or oth­er means, with or with­out lug­gage, and can be one way or round trip. Trav­el can also include rel­a­tive­ly short stays between suc­ces­sive move­ments. An infant is the very young off­spring of a human or oth­er ani­mal. When applied to humans, the term is usu­al­ly con­sid­ered syn­ony­mous with baby or bairn, but the lat­ter is com­mon­ly applied to the young of any ani­mal. When a human child learns to walk, the term tod­dler may be used instead.

The term infant is typ­i­cal­ly applied to young chil­dren between the ages of 1 month and 12 months; how­ev­er, def­i­n­i­tions may vary between birth and 1 year of age, or even between birth and 2 years of age. A new­born is an infant who is only hours, days, or up to a few weeks old. In med­ical con­texts, new­born or neonate refers to an infant in the first 28 days after birth; the term applies to pre­ma­ture infants, post­ma­ture infants, and full term infants. Before birth, the term fetus is used. In the UK, infant is a term that can be applied to school chil­dren aged between four and sev­en. As a legal ter­mi­nol­o­gy, “infan­cy” con­tin­ues from birth until age 18.

The world is a book, and those who do not trav­el read only a page.

-Saint Augus­tine

Author­i­ties empha­size the impor­tance of tak­ing pre­cau­tions to ensure trav­el safe­ty. When trav­el­ing abroad, the odds favor a safe and inci­dent-free trip, how­ev­er, trav­el­ers can be sub­ject to dif­fi­cul­ties, crime and vio­lence.

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Rid­ing Scoot­er

Some safe­ty con­sid­er­a­tions include being aware of one’s sur­round­ings,  avoid­ing being the tar­get of a crime,  leav­ing copies of one’s pass­port and itin­er­ary infor­ma­tion with trust­ed peo­ple, obtain­ing med­ical insur­ance valid in the coun­try being vis­it­ed and reg­is­ter­ing with one’s nation­al embassy when arriv­ing in a for­eign coun­try. Many coun­tries do not rec­og­nize dri­vers’ licens­es from oth­er coun­tries; how­ev­er most coun­tries accept inter­na­tion­al dri­ving per­mits. Auto­mo­bile insur­ance poli­cies issued in one’s own coun­try are often invalid in for­eign coun­tries, and it is often a require­ment to obtain tem­po­rary auto insur­ance valid in the coun­try being vis­it­ed. It is also advis­able to become ori­ent­ed with the dri­ving rules and reg­u­la­tions of des­ti­na­tion coun­tries. Wear­ing a seat belt is high­ly advis­able for safe­ty rea­sons; many coun­tries have penal­ties for vio­lat­ing seat belt laws.

The term infant is typ­i­cal­ly applied to young chil­dren between the ages of 1 month and 12 months; how­ev­er, def­i­n­i­tions may vary between birth and 1 year of age, or even between birth and 2 years of age. A new­born is an infant who is only hours, days, or up to a few weeks old. In med­ical con­texts, new­born or neonate refers to an infant in the first 28 days after birth; the term applies to pre­ma­ture infants, post­ma­ture infants, and full term infants. Before birth, the term fetus is used. In the UK, infant is a term that can be applied to school chil­dren aged between four and sev­en. As a legal ter­mi­nol­o­gy, “infan­cy” con­tin­ues from birth until age 18.

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