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Bébé Voyage in the Press
Aug. 31, 2016 12:02 p.m. ET
By POLYA LESOVA
In Namibia, Simon Perez de Fransius touched seals in Walvis Bay and marveled at the Fish River Canyon, the largest in Africa. He took a boat ride around Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago and visited South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope. He has traveled in the U.S. and Europe. He is 2 years and 9 months old.
“We’ve done a lot of safaris with Simon,” says his mother, Marianne Perez de Fransius, a 36-year-old French-American. “One of the biggest reasons to travel with our son is to instill in him a sense of curiosity.”
In January 2014, when Simon was 6 weeks old, Ms. Perez de Fransius and her husband Andreas, a Swedish diplomat, moved to Mozambique, where he was posted. The family used Mr. Perez de Fransius’s six-month paternity leave to travel, including a one-month road trip from Mozambique to Namibia, with stops in Botswana and South Africa along the way.
“The smaller they are, the easier it is to travel with them,” Ms. Perez de Fransius says. Last year, she and her childhood friend, Juliet Perrachon, started a website offering advice and support for globe-trotting families called Bébé Voyage. Their Facebook group has around 2,500 members.
Sept. 26, 2016
By ANNA DAVIES
[…] Instead of schlepping diapers, wipes and snacks, consider having them delivered to your destination via Amazon Prime or a similar service, suggests Juliet Perrachon, co-founder of Bebe Voyage, a website devoted to traveling with kids.
Juliet Bazire d’Arguesse (née Perrachon) and Marianne Perez de Fransius (née Perez) are both FASNY alumnae and have started a business together, bébé voyage (www.bebevoyage.com), which connects and supports a global network of parents traveling with their babies. So much of how they organize themselves and their values for the business are directly attributable to FASNY.
In fact, as Juliet and Marianne attended FASNY from maternelle through eighth grade it is difficult for them to say how FASNY has NOT impacted their lives. They are both in touch with friends from when they were 5, 6, 7 years old and Juliet and Marianne kept in touch with each other, even though they are four years apart–Marianne having graduated high school in 1998 and Juliet in 2002. (Albeit it helped that their parents and even grandparents are old family friends!) But the connections that one makes at and through FASNY are lifelong, because it is not just a school but also a community which places great importance on the values of tolerance, inclusion and celebrating uniqueness in diversity. With much of what we see in the news pushing up against those values, it is not surprising that FASNY graduates seek out like-minded individuals.
Part of the reason Marianne and Juliet started bébé voyage is because they know from FASNY that there is a class of multi-lingual and multi-cultural people who want to or need to travel around the world and who are looking to connect with people with shared values. In fact, when they first started Club bébé voyage, their thriving Facebook community, at least a quarter of the initial members were friends from FASNY. Out of that, they quickly saw that there is a tremendous need for new parents to find trustworthy, digestible information about traveling with babies. In 9 months, they’ve already grown to nearly 1700 members!
Dec. 20, 2016
In large part, the bill became law thanks to a huge push by Bébé Voyage, an online community and resource for globetrotting parents. Bébé Voyage rallied its members to send petitions to lawmakers urging them to pass the bill before the close of the legislative session.
“We are so grateful to Congresswoman Herrera Beutler for introducing this bill and garnering bipartisan support on it,” Marianne Perez de Fransius, Bébé Voyage CEO, said in a statement. “Traveling with a baby is a harrowing experience and thanks to her leadership and all of Congress’ participation, we are looking forward to improved conditions when going through airport security. This truly is an amazing holiday present for our community.”
Dec. 21, 2016
12. Try to connect with people locally before you move so that you know what to expect. This is especially important if you are moving with kids and/or have health issues or concerns. Marianne Perez de Fransius (http://www.bebevoyage.com/)
Jan. 14, 2017
Signed into law, largely because of the support and push from Bebe Voyage, an online community for traveling parents, the bill was pushed to fly before the close of current legislation. It passed just before the holidays – an early sort of Christmas present for parents who travel.
“We are so grateful to Congresswoman Herrera Beutler for introducing this bill and garnering bipartisan support on it,” Marianne Perez de Fransius, Bebe Voyage’s CEO said in a statement. “Traveling with a baby is a harrowing experience, and thanks to her leadership and all of Congress’ participation, we are looking forward to improved conditions when going through airport security. This truly is an amazing holiday present for our community.”
Feb. 21, 2017
by MICHELLE BARAN
Indeed, a big part of the challenge, according to Marianne Perez de Fransius, co-founder of Bebe Voyage, an online community of globe-trotting parents, is that there is a much more negative attitude toward traveling with a baby in the U.S. than exists elsewhere in the world.
“I would definitely say that in North America, traveling with a baby is seen as much more unnatural or subject to criticism,” de Fransius said. “In the U.S. in particular, travelers who travel with babies feel like they’re getting the side-eye and feel like they have to fight for things. Either it’s perceived as potentially unhealthy for the baby — what happens if your baby gets sick? — or it seems frivolous — your baby isn’t going to remember this so what’s the point? Is it really worth it, considering all the gear?”
Consequently, de Fransius said, when Americans travel with their babies internationally, they’re surprised to find how friendly and welcoming international fellow travelers can be toward their little ones.
“When Americans travel to the Middle East, they’ll say, ‘It was a totally different world. Everyone liked the baby. Everyone was so excited, and they were entertaining our baby,'”de Fransius said. “Depending on which part of the world you’re in, it’s a very different experience.”
Bebe Voyage was launched in 2015 in an effort to create a supportive online community for traveling parents, people who could lift each other up rather than discourage or cast doubt on a parent’s decision to travel the world with small children.
The Bebe Voyage Facebook page, which has more than 6,000 followers, and website are intended to serve as forums where advice, services and information can be exchanged among traveling families to motivate and inspire them to take just about any global adventure with their babies and toddlers.
They swap tips on how to find babysitters in distant locations, what kind of accommodations are most baby-friendly (vacation rentals are often touted as the most convenient), how and where to rent cribs and other baby gear and how to respond to medical or health issues that can crop up.
More recently, Bebe Voyage has also become more involved in legislative issues that impact traveling families. For example, it threw its support behind the Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening Act (Babes Act), which was signed into law in December, just in time for the busy holiday travel season. The law requires the TSA to better train its agents to ensure that parents traveling with breast milk, formula and infant-feeding equipment aren’t mistreated and that breast milk isn’t forcibly tossed out, equipment isn’t broken or flights get missed due to prolonged inspections.
Jun. 6, 2017
by DEB HIPP
9. Check for Favorite Brands.
If you love a certain brand of chips or are loyal to a particular barbecue sauce, you’ll want to know if your new city doesn’t have it so you can stock up.
“Take a tour of the grocery stores and pharmacies to check out what products and brands are available locally,” says Marianne Perez de Fransius, co-founder of Bébé Voyage, a website for parents traveling with small children.
Sample new local brands to see if you like them too.
Apr. 13, 2017
by VALERIE SILVA
“With the advent of social media, millennial parents can find and be inspired by other parents who travel with their babies and children, thus dispelling a lot of the fear and anxiety that perhaps kept previous generations of parents closer to home,” says Marianne Perez de Fransius, CEO of Bébé Voyage, an online community of globe-trotting parents. “Millennials seek out experiences over stuff and so are more likely to spend on travel over products.” According to a recent survey by MMGY Global, this is especially the case for millennial families, who travel more often and more internationally than couples and singles of the same demographic.
Airlines looking to bring a family focus to their operations will need to question the assumptions that underpin their facilities and offerings. Aircraft cabin architecture prizes privacy and limits interaction, menu revamps veer toward refined cuisine and online booking platforms rarely support the unique demands of parents traveling with infants, such as booking a bassinet or purchasing a seat for a child under two. “Families have to call the airline and explain their situation to the customer service representative … I think families would greatly appreciate the ability to do all this online,” Perez de Fransius explains. The passenger experience industry hinges on the idea that the average customer is independent and of adult age, but parents are most concerned with how their younglings will fare. Six in 10 millennial families with children under 12 say their trips are entirely child-focused, compared with just a quarter of families with teenagers, reports MMGY Global. Airlines targeting these families, which the global marketing firm dubs “Brat Packs,” should appeal to the needs and preferences of their youngest members.
Sept. 15, 2017
by LINDSAY TIGAR
6. That Time a Mom Dealt With a Puking Baby On a 16-Hour Flight
What happened: As any parent knows, traveling with a toddler requires quite a bit of finesse — and patience. Now picture a 16-hour flight with a sick kid and watch your pulse race just thinking about it. That’s the situation Marianne Perez de Fransius of Bebe Voyage found herself in when she took a solo trip with her two-year-old son from New York to Maputo, Mozambique, via Johannesburg. To start, the flight was fully-booked and the flight attendants weren’t helpful when her son threw up twice at hours five and hour six, taking 20 minutes to bring her two napkins to clean up the mess. With still 10 hours to go, she wasn’t exactly feeling fresh or comfortable.
How she dealt: “Luckily, I’d done this trip before, although usually with my husband, so I knew a bit of what to expect. Thank goodness I had actually decided to buy a seat for my little one, but I suspected that the flight might fill up and having a 20-pound wiggle worm for 16 hours on my lap would have sucked big time.”
The best of two cultures
By Juliet Perrachon at Bébé Voyage
I was lucky enough to be raised by parents with a big appetite for discovering the world. They themselves lived the first couple years of their marriage in Ankara, Turkey. That experience, along with their dual French and American backgrounds shaped them and thus how they raised us.
I grew up in New York and spent all my summers in the French Cognac region with my father’s extended family. From France, my parents usually took advantage of the geographic location to discover other countries. These family trips undoubtedly fall into my fondest childhood memories and shaped who I am today.
Perhaps the most formative travel experience was the day trip we took from Tarifa, Spain to Tangiers, Morocco in 1997. I was 13 then and it was my first visit to the beautiful country of Spain. My mother had picked out a lovely hotel called Hurricane Hotel just outside the wind surfing mecca of Tarifa at the Southern most tip of Europe. Tarifa in itself stands out as one of my favorite places to travel to (we have since returned many times as a family). But undoubtedly what marked me on that trip back in 1997 was the day trip we took to Tangiers, as we took a boat across the Gibraltar Straight to Africa. I remember being so excited about going onto a new continent. Even from Tarifa, I’d be amazed just to see the Moroccan mountains, which appear on clear days.
It was the first time I was leaving the cushy Western world I’d grown up in for a country completely unlike anything I’d known. I was fascinated by the street vendors who were themselves fascinated with us, begging us to buy their jewels, artwork, and trinkets. I remember my brother and I being fascinated by these vendors and trying to negotiate with them, something we had never experienced.
From then on, I knew that beyond what I had known being native to both France and America, there was a whole world out there that led their lives in a vastly distinct manner. I knew I wanted to discover the world and learn as much as I could about other cultures. This formative experience led to the heart and mission behind my co-founding the website and community Bebe Voyage for parents who travel with small children.
My husband and I have taken our two children, who are currently growing up in Chicago, to France to get to know their French family and culture. My children, as I was, are fortunate enough to be raised in a family that espouses two cultures. Whenever we can, we introduce other cultures to them through our friends and local excursions. But when we travel to France, we not only show them another country and culture but we also give them the opportunity for quality time with their great grandparents.
My kids are fortunate enough to know six great grandparents living in France. So much has happened to this world in the last 90 years, I believe my children are incredibly lucky to have direct contact with their past. So in a way, I feel I have given my children (only 4 and 2 years old) the experience of not only reconnecting with their French roots and culture, but also to travel across time by spending invaluable time with their great-grandparents and visiting the country their ancestors lived in.
To follow more of Juliet’s family adventures, check them out on Instagram or Twitter
by Juliet Perrachon
The struggle is real, but the passion and love of discovering new parts of the world with family in tow is such that many parents are willing to risk having an anxiety attack or two on the flight. I’m definitely not the first traumatized mother, nor will I be the last, unfortunately. That’s why I co-founded a community of traveling parents, Bébé Voyage, so that we could support each other on our trials and tribulations of traveling with our babies.
Here’s a roundup of some pretty wild travel with kids’ horror stories. For every single one of them, I thought, that could have been me. Maybe it could be you?…
Feb. 26, 2018
7. ASK FOR HELP
No matter how well thought out and thorough your plan, or how well behaved your kids are, sometimes things can just go wrong. If you’re battling to get all of your luggage and children across an airport, if your toddler is having a meltdown on the plane, or if you’re struggling to manage taking your kids to the toilet whilst looking after the bags, ask a passerby if they can lend a hand.
Juliet Perrachon, co-founder of travel forum Bebe Voyage says, “If you’re traveling alone, do not be afraid to get help from fellow passengers. Many of them have been in your situation, and you may be pleasantly surprised at how kind some people can be when they see a mother in a desperate situation.”
Oct. 23, 2018
Bébé Voyage, the premiere community of globetrotting parents, together with Crumbdrop, a technology platform that generates instant animated slideshows, releases Bébé Voyage Trails.
After three years of listening to the over 10,000 members in the Club, the Bébé Voyage Team identified that one of the greatest needs its community has is knowing what to do when you arrive in a new city — with babies and toddlers in tow. As a complement to their Traveling with Toddlers Travel Guide Series, Bébé Voyage took it a step further by creating geo-tagged, image-rich family-friendly trails in cities around the world. Created with local ambassadors, moms, and dads who like to explore and share their travel hacks, Bébé Voyage has launched trails in seven major cities: Paris, London, Chicago, Tokyo, Sydney, Stockholm, and Reykjavik.
Oct. 24, 2018
by MIA TAYLOR
Bebe Voyage, an online community of globetrotting parents, has just launched a new series of geotagged, family-friendly trails in cities around the world for those traveling with babies and toddlers in tow.
The new offering, Bebe Voyage Trails, are “tours you can do with a baby in a day,” states the website.
Oct. 24, 2018
by TATIANA ROKOU
“Why do we think families traveling with toddlers will like this new feature?” Juliet Perrachon, Bebe Voyage President and Co-Founder says, “So many of the questions that come up in Club Bebe Voyage revolve around how families can realistically plan a day in a foreign city. Our trails do just that – they give you one day in a city created by a local parent spelling out everything you need to know.”
Crumbdrop CEO Lucie Leblois adds, “Bebe Voyage’s core mission of helping families find adventures they can share with their young children and fierce loyalty of their user base is a perfect complement for the Crumbdrop technology platform. I think we’ve only scratched the surface of what Bebe Voyage can accomplish for their users through this partnership.”
Nov. 2, 2018
by CHRIS ELLIOTT
That’s because when it comes to flying with babies, it’s not clear what the rules are — or whether there are any. “Enforcement of them varies widely not only from airline to airline, but from staff member to staff member,” says Marianne Perez de Fransius, co-founder of Bébé Voyage, an online community for parents of young children. That might at least partially explain some of the recent conflicts between parents and crew members. No one knows what’s acceptable, not even the employees.
Nov. 22, 2018
by MAYE YAO CO SAY
[…] I was lucky to have gotten tips from Marianne, as well, on being an active parent. “I think for most working parents, it’s not having enough hours in the day. We also work from home, so sometimes we have to deal with a toddler having a temper tantrum while we’re on a conference call or similar situations. From the beginning, we agreed that Bébé Voyage should never get in the way of our ability to take care of ourselves and our families. And whenever we are dealing with people outside our organization, we always let them know that a 4-year-old might want to join a video conference or need to be given a snack. We’ve found that if you let people know ahead of time, they’re understanding,” says Marianne Perez de Fransius. She also shares advice to new parents. According to her, “Parenting can be tough and overwhelming, especially since no one really teaches you how to do it. But now there are so many (too many!) resources available for new parents. Don’t try to do them all! Just pick one or two that are recommended by people you trust or that you have researched on and stick with those. More is not necessarily better!” […]
Apr. 23, 2019
by BIKI JOHN
[…] Family blogger and travel advice expert, Marianne, also believes that to minimize the tantrums and breakdowns young children have on planes, parents should be well prepared before a flight.
Marianne advises that pre-flight, parents should create a checklist where they ask themselves questions like –
• Does the flight work well (as much as possible) with their little one’s routine?
• Have you packed good travel toys?
• If traveling with a baby or toddler – is everything set up so the baby can be fed at take off and landing?