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If you thought becoming a parent means having to sacrifice your dreams, think again! Because Mumbai-based software engineers, Rashmi Pandit and husband Chalukya Mohanraj, realised their dream of traveling the world as soon as they became parents, and they visited 15 countries in just nine months!
Their journey really began from June 2014, when the couple was blessed with a baby girl and within a month Mohanraj was offered an onsite opportunity. Pandit also quit working after seven years, to enjoy motherhood.
“This opportunity meant that we could now expand our passion for travelling to Europe. I must mention here, our darling daughter is a luck charm for us. We landed in Switzerland on December 31, 2014, and slowly started exploring places in Switzerland and planned our first international trip to Italy in April,” quips Pandit, speaking exclusively with theIndusparent.
She adds that while the couple was informed that the onsite opportunity was only for four months, it got extended in parts. “We now made a list of European Schengen countries and as and when we got an update on the extension we booked our flights. Meanwhile, our parents too visited us and joined us on few trips. And we ended up travelling to 15 countries by Dec 31, 2015,” says Pandit.
Since Mohanraj’s work location was Switzerland, which was a central location for the many countries they visited, and the couple began with nearby countries. Pandit says, “Our parents’ wish was to visit Paris and Rome, hence, we added them later to our list and visited them with our parents. The UK trip needed a separate visa and more time to cover the places, hence we decided to plan the UK trip for Christmas holidays. Deciding on places was also dependent on how many national holidays we had combined with weekends hence we have saved our leaves too.”
The couple travelled to 15 countries including Belgium (Brussels, Ghent, Bruges), Czech Republic (Prague), France (Paris, Normandy, Mont Saint Michel, Bayeux and D-Day Sites, Etretat), Germany (Neuschwanstein Castle, Cologne), Greece (Athens, Santorini), Italy (Florence, Venice, Pisa, Milan, Rome, Cinque Terre), Netherlands (Amsterdam, Waterland, Zaanse Scan), Portugal (Lisbon, Sintra), Spain (Barcelona), Switzerland (Interlaken, Geneva, Bern, Lucern, Titlis, Zermatt, Bernese Oberland, Rhine Falls, Montreux, Gstaad), England (London, Bristol, Salisbury, Wiltshire (Stonehenge), Windsor Castle), Wales (Cardiff), Scotland (Edinburgh, Inverness, Scottish Highlands), Northern Ireland (Belfast, Antrim) and the Vatican City.
Continue reading to know the things they kept in mind while travelling with a toddler.
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