Rae has more stamps in her passport than teeth in her mouth. At 11 months old, she’s been to over 30 countries on 4 continents, thanks to her globe-trotting parents.
“It’s just the most amazing experience to be travelling with her,” said her mother, Erica Levine. “And she’s loving it! Who knows what she’s really thinking, she’s probably like ‘My parents are crazy!’ But who knows how much she’ll absorb.”
Levine chronicles her and her husband Chris’ adventures with Rae on The Worldwide Webers, offering survival tips for flying with a baby and helpful hints for planning a range of trips.
Levine’s passion for travel began after high school, when she participated in a National Outdoor Leadership School camping and hiking program. She went on to study abroad in Madrid, Spain while a student at Syracuse University.
“I just fell in love with the excitement of travel – getting on a plane and being in a completely different culture in a matter of hours,” she told INSIDER.
After college, she took a job at a global translations company so that she could continue seeing the world. When she met Chris at an NYC bar on a Sunday afternoon (earning him the nickname “Sunday Funday” in her phone and now on the blog), they immediately bonded over their shared love of travel.
“It went from an epic Sunday Funday to a lifelong journey,” she said. “So we’re basically on one long Sunday Funday now.”
Both working global jobs, they relocated to Singapore and South Africa before settling in Switzerland, travelling together almost every weekend.
When baby Rae came along, the couple didn’t miss a step, investing in baby carriers, changing pads, and car seats to embrace the experience of taking her along.
“So many people say, ‘You’re travelling all these places with your daughter and she’s not going to remember any of it,'” said. “And I’m like, I don’t care if she remembers any of it. It is the most special experience ever to Chris and I…We just want to soak it up. We don’t want to stop. It’s so much fun.”
Rae doesn't just ride around in strollers. To date, she's been on planes, trains, helicopters, catamaran and canal boats, cars, and horse-drawn carriages.
Other travellers are often surprised to encounter a baby, like when Levine carried Rae up and down 1,000 monastery steps in Jordan's ancient city of Petra.
'This group of US military guys were walking past us as we walked down, and they started clapping because they were sweating so much,' she said. 'They were like 'We could not imagine carrying a child up this thing!''
'She's really a big smiler and she recently learned to wave, so it's basically like pushing a Miss America around the airport. She's a real ham.'
'She eats solids now, and she's eating spices from all around the world,' she said. 'When I was pregnant in South Korea, I felt her first major kicks when we were in Seoul because I was eating so much spicy food.'
While Rae is usually friendly and easygoing on aeroplanes (which makes sense, considering she's been on 40+ flights!), there can still be stressful moments.
'It's an amazing life, but it takes hard work and a lot of planning, and it's not without its diaper blowouts and forgetting the binky,' she said. 'We have all of those moments, we just try to prevent them as much as possible.'
'Luckily, my husband is a pro,' she said. 'He's got no shame about the baby changing. He will change her anywhere, anytime - on his lap, on the floor, he has changed her on ancient ruins! In my albums that I would post of everywhere we'd go, I'd have a picture of him changing her in a new type of location each country. He's like, 'I got it.''
Even with all of the challenges that come with travelling with a baby, Levine wouldn't have it any other way, hoping to continue their family trips indefinitely.
'People would say to me, 'Oh, you're not going to travel when you get pregnant.' And then I was in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, and Cape Town and all these places. And they said, 'Well, you're definitely not going to travel when you have a kid.' And then 30 countries later, they're like, 'Maybe you won't travel when you have a second kid?''
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