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Err, I know this is just a start, but this is making me think of Wikitravel:Slippery slopes . We really want to avoid lists, can this be turned into more of an article? Maybe some intro text on the issue, and then sections for different types of family travel issues? We need to better define the whole Travel topics area, but this might be a good test case...Majnoona

Re: Although a 5 year old child may be able to travel across town, to and from school, on a bus or commuter train, such short routine trips are relatively low risk, with the child's absence or non-arrival at their destination likely to be noticed promptly.

Maybe I should go live in New Zealand, because here in Belgium I wouldn't let a 5 year old take public transport alone, even if it would be a known route. Actually, these days I have never seen one do it. In my eyes, the parents would be extremely irresponsible. And, seriously, I wouldn't let them do it in New Zealand either... Akubra 15:33, 2 Apr 2004 (EST)

I concur. I don't think it's safe anywhere in the world, though in places which are inadequately aware of child sexual abuse (like the U.S. thirty years ago), I'm sure it still happens. -- Colin 15:55, 2 Apr 2004 (EST)
Update: I ripped the sentence out. -- Colin 23:39, 4 May 2004 (EDT)


Some more things that families might like to do, and that children enjoy, would be a good addition to this article. At the moment it's too strongly focussed on "children don't like X", "X may forbid children" and so on. Hypatia 08:49, 3 July 2006 (EDT)

I (belatedly) agree. There needs to be more of a "how to" than a "can't do" attitude for this article. It's not that bad travelling with a wee one. 18:22, 10 December 2006 (EST)


I think this article needs a real once over before it can be useful. I'm not sure the current template really works for it either. I'm going to leave it all together for now, but I really think we're going to need to split it out into several other articles. We could go for general travel by age articles (i.e. Travel with infants, Travel with teenagers) or even more fine-grained (Flying with infants, Roadtrips with infants, etc). Thoughs? 16:46, 10 December 2006 (EST)

Things you shouldn't do that you do...

How should we deal with "unsafe but practical" things such as children riding in taxis without a car seat? It's dangerous and bad and wrong, but if you're travelling outside of the US, you're probably going to end up doing it at some point. There are suggestions for what to do-- strap the child into their own seatbelt for example, but that's not really safe, so I'm not sure what to say. I've compromised by at least warning people not to share a seatbelt with a child as I know that's super dangerous, but do we want to say anything more? Advice from others who've travelled with kids would be helpful. Thanks Maj 01:31, 11 December 2006 (EST)

Like some other topics, there's a whole spectrum of paranoia levels among travellers. For example, I'm in the "highly paranoid" category of people who don't consider it safe to take an infant on a plane without a carseat because turbulence happens. Others are going to go ahead and ride the Tuk-tuk with their infant. I think the important thing is to provide useful information while also informing the reader of the risks and alternatives (e.g. car rental can be an alternative to a taxi) so they can judge the risks and costs of alternatives based on their own comfort levels. -- Colin 02:40, 11 December 2006 (EST)


Shouldn't that be "travelling with children" or "traveling as a family" or something? The current title sounds like traveling with your grandparents and your in-laws... Jpatokal 10:08, 21 December 2006 (EST)

"Traveling with children" seems more appropriate. Sometimes a child and an adult from different families may travel together.--Wandering 14:59, 27 July 2007 (EDT)
Agreed, and it fits with the new series of "with children" articles. Gorilla Jones 15:29, 27 July 2007 (EDT)
This makes sense, I'll take care of it soon, barring any further objection.

Travelling without both parents

The article currently contains this advice:

Many countries require that visiting children who aren't accompanied by both their mother and father carry documentation to the effect that all legal guardians agree to the child's travel plans. This may apply even when the accompanying adult and the child are citizens of the country they are travelling to. Be sure to check with an embassy of the country you intend to visit if you are taking any children on an international holiday without both their parents. Legal guardians who are not the parents of the child may need documentation demonstrating their relationship to, and responsibility for, the child, and a parent travelling alone may need either proof of custody or written authorization from the other parent.

This just seems to me to be wrong. I've never known of this to happen, or to be required. If anybody knows of a country where this is the case, please let me know, otherwise I'll just delete it. What form would written authorisation take, if indeed it was required? --Inas 23:31, 21 December 2008 (EST)



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