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Meet the first BABY travel influencer who earns $1,000 a month traveling the US

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Despite just turning one year old, one intrepid American baby has already been on an incredible 45 flights — and visited a whopping 16 US states.

Briggs Darrington has seen bears in Alaska, wolves in Yellowstone National Park, the Delicate Arch in Utah, and beaches in California.

The young traveler’s mom, Jess, believes Briggs — who was born on October 14, 2020 and went on his first glamping trip at three weeks old — might just be the youngest travel influencer in the world.

Despite just turning one year old, one intrepid American baby has already been on an incredible 45 flights — and visited a whopping 16 US states

Briggs Darrington has seen bears in Alaska, wolves in Yellowstone National Park, the Delicate Arch in Utah, and beaches in California

Briggs Darrington has seen bears in Alaska, wolves in Yellowstone National Park, the Delicate Arch in Utah, and beaches in California

The young traveler’s mom, Jess, believes Briggs might just be the youngest travel influencer in the world

The young traveler’s mom, Jess, believes Briggs might just be the youngest travel influencer in the world

Briggs’ adventures have already attracted a huge online following, with more than 250,000 likes on his Where Is Briggs? TikTok page and nearly 30,000 fans on Instagram.

And Jess, 28, who is a full-time travel blogger and lives in Idaho Falls with her husband Steve, reveals that her son earns around $1,000 a month in trips and fees, while working with tourist boards and brands.

‘I had been running a blog called Part Time Tourists for a few years, being paid to travel the world,’ Jess said.

‘But when I got pregnant with Briggs in 2020, I was really nervous that my career was over, as I didn’t know if it was possible to continue with a baby.

‘But my husband and I really wanted to make it work. So I started to look for social media accounts that talked about baby travel, I couldn’t find a single one!

‘I saw a gap and decided to set up social media accounts as a fun way of sharing everything that I learned — the good and bad — of traveling with a baby, to help other first-time parents.

Briggs was born on October 14, 2020 and went on his first glamping trip at three weeks old

Briggs was born on October 14, 2020 and went on his first glamping trip at three weeks old 

Jess, 28, who is a full-time travel blogger and lives in Idaho Falls with her husband Steve, reveals that her son earns around $1,000 a month in trips and fees

They also work with tourist boards and brands

Jess, 28, who is a full-time travel blogger and lives in Idaho Falls with her husband Steve, reveals that her son earns around $1,000 a month in trips and fees

Briggs' adventures have already attracted a huge online following, with more than 250,000 likes on his Where Is Briggs? TikTok page and nearly 30,000 fans on Instagram

Briggs’ adventures have already attracted a huge online following, with more than 250,000 likes on his Where Is Briggs? TikTok page and nearly 30,000 fans on Instagram

'I saw a gap and decided to set up social media accounts as a fun way of sharing everything that I learned — the good and bad — of traveling with a baby,' said Jess

'Now Briggs the world's first baby travel influencer!' she said

‘I saw a gap and decided to set up social media accounts as a fun way of sharing everything that I learned — the good and bad — of traveling with a baby,’ said Jess

‘I never dreamed that it would end up helping so many new moms that are dealing with postpartum anxiety and depression due to changing their previous lifestyle or being too nervous to leave the home.

‘Now Briggs the world’s first baby travel influencer!’ she said.

Briggs was just three weeks old when Jess took him on his first overnight glamping trip while they were living in Nebraska — and he was only nine weeks old when he went on his first flight.

Since then, Briggs has traveled to 16 US states, including Kansas, Utah, Arizona, Florida, Alaska, and New Mexico.

He’s seen hot springs along a remote river in Idaho; watched a balloon fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and enjoyed beach time in Florida, Oregon, and Hawaii.

And his longest flight was about eight hours, from Utah to Hawaii.

But his first trip was closer to home.

Jess said that her husband couldn’t meet them on their first trip until 8 p.m. the day they left, so she and Briggs drove an hour to the glamping site by themselves. Briggs slept the whole way.  

Briggs has traveled to 16 US states, including Kansas, Utah, Arizona, Florida, Alaska, and New Mexico

Briggs has traveled to 16 US states, including Kansas, Utah, Arizona, Florida, Alaska, and New Mexico

He's seen hot springs along a remote river in Idaho; watched a balloon fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and enjoyed beach time in Florida, Oregon, and Hawaii

He's seen hot springs along a remote river in Idaho; watched a balloon fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and enjoyed beach time in Florida, Oregon, and Hawaii

He’s seen hot springs along a remote river in Idaho; watched a balloon fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and enjoyed beach time in Florida, Oregon, and Hawaii

His longest flight was about eight hours, from Utah to Hawaii

His longest flight was about eight hours, from Utah to Hawaii

Jess said the family has managed to travel in between coronavirus lockdowns, and made the decision to continue with their trips by sticking to safety guidelines

The family focused on road trips and local vacations where they could maintain social distance

Jess said the family has managed to travel in between coronavirus lockdowns, and made the decision to continue with their trips by sticking to safety guidelines

‘We checked into our dome, then we were doing stuff by ourselves, including a nature walk by the campsite, we set up a fire, and we took a nap together inside the dome,’ she said.

‘I was working at the time, and I’d been hired to feature the glamping site. So I was baby-wearing, setting up the tripod, talking to the owner, writing a story — and Briggs and I worked together for our first little gig.

‘Then when Steve arrived later that evening, we broke out the s’mores.

‘I found it harder to stay at home than to get out of the house,’ Jess went on. ‘I got a little of the baby blues, and I felt if I got out of the house during the day, it went so much smoother and I felt more like myself.

‘And it was so rewarding to share some of what I loved to do with him.’

Jess said the family has managed to travel in between coronavirus lockdowns, and made the decision to continue with their trips by sticking to safety guidelines.

The family focused on road trips and local vacations where they could maintain social distance.

Briggs’ first plane ride was when he was nine weeks old. Jess explained that they put a lot of safety precautions in place to ensure they protected themselves.

Briggs' first plane ride was when he was nine weeks old. Jess explained that they put a lot of safety precautions in place to ensure they protected themselves

Briggs’ first plane ride was when he was nine weeks old. Jess explained that they put a lot of safety precautions in place to ensure they protected themselves

'We avoided big city travel, so we haven't been to places like New York City. Instead we’ve focused on finding those hidden gems, and traveling outdoors, too,' Jess said

'We avoided big city travel, so we haven't been to places like New York City. Instead we’ve focused on finding those hidden gems, and traveling outdoors, too,' Jess said

‘We avoided big city travel, so we haven’t been to places like New York City. Instead we’ve focused on finding those hidden gems, and traveling outdoors, too,’ Jess said

'Exposure to different people, different cultures, different environments, different places, is critical for their development,' she said

‘Exposure to different people, different cultures, different environments, different places, is critical for their development,’ she said

‘We would wear masks and socially distance ourselves from people,’ she said.

‘For example, at the airport, instead of going directly to our gate, which would have been busy, we found a gate of a plane that had already left, so it was completely empty, so we had a lot of space.

‘We also disinfected everything. And if his pacifiers fell on the floor, we wouldn’t hand them back to Briggs.

‘We avoided big city travel, so we haven’t been to places like New York City. Instead we’ve focused on finding those hidden gems, and traveling outdoors, too.’

Although Jess admits it can be hard to travel with a baby at times, she says it’s worth it in the long run for the benefits and exposure Briggs gets to different experiences.

And she adds that all the trips have either been comped or the family has been paid to go, in her role as a travel blogger. 

‘They won’t remember anything at this age,’ she said. ‘They’re not going to remember that beach vacation you took them to, they’re not gonna remember that airplane ride. They’re not going to remember meeting all of these new faces.

‘But exposure to different people, different cultures, different environments, different places, is critical for their development.’

Although Jess admits it can be hard to travel with a baby at times, she says it's worth it in the long run for the benefits and exposure Briggs gets to different experiences

Although Jess admits it can be hard to travel with a baby at times, she says it’s worth it in the long run for the benefits and exposure Briggs gets to different experiences

The family has already worked with baby companies including Ergobaby and Guava Family, and tourism boards such as Visit Idaho have hired Briggs for a glamping road trip

The family has already worked with baby companies including Ergobaby and Guava Family, and tourism boards such as Visit Idaho have hired Briggs for a glamping road trip

The family has already worked with baby companies including Ergobaby and Guava Family, and tourism boards such as Visit Idaho have hired Briggs for a glamping road trip

The family has one sponsor who provides them with free diapers and wipes

The family has one sponsor who provides them with free diapers and wipes

Briggs’ social media accounts already have a huge following — and Jess’s videos can garner 500,000 views — with travel brands keen to work with the mom-and-son duo.

The family has already worked with baby companies including Ergobaby and Guava Family, and tourism boards such as Visit Idaho have hired Briggs for a glamping road trip.

Jess estimates Briggs is already earning about $1,000 a month from sponsored social media posts and trips, and they also have a sponsor who provides them with free diapers and wipes.

‘We had been doing Part Time Tourists for the past couple of years, and he has quickly become much more popular than us with brands and tourism boards. and I don’t blame them, he’s so cute, I’d want to work with him too!

‘I think we found such a niche market where before I had Briggs, I was doing a ton of research on how to travel with the baby and I couldn’t find a single Instagram or TikTok account specifically dedicated to baby travel. 

'I think we found such a niche market,' Jess said of her influecner baby

‘I think we found such a niche market,’ Jess said of her influecner baby

'There's a ton of kid travel, but nothing aimed at babies. So that's also a niche we found that people were hungry for, to learn about,' she said

‘There’s a ton of kid travel, but nothing aimed at babies. So that’s also a niche we found that people were hungry for, to learn about,’ she said

'I don't ever see us stopping traveling together as a family. Maybe when he gets married and has his own family, he won't come with us anymore!' she said

'But for the foreseeable future, I can totally see us continuing to travel as a family - along with our mini travel influencer,' she said

‘I don’t ever see us stopping traveling together as a family. Maybe when he gets married and has his own family, he won’t come with us anymore!’ she said

‘There’s a ton of kid travel, but nothing aimed at babies. So that’s also a niche we found that people were hungry for, to learn about.’

Jess doesn’t see that she will stop traveling with Briggs any time soon, and the family is planning a trip to Europe, including London, in the next six months.

‘I don’t ever see us stopping traveling together as a family. Maybe when he gets married and has his own family, he won’t come with us anymore!’ she said.

‘But for the foreseeable future, I can totally see us continuing to travel as a family – along with our mini travel influencer.’

Jess’ tips for traveling with a baby 

Practice with your gear before you leave.

Practice them taking naps in their travel crib.

Have them put on a life jacket at home to get used to it before heading to the beach.

Try any new travel clothes, such as hiking gear and hats, before you go.

Stuff your car seat bag or stroller bag with extra items at gate check. I put diapers, blankets and extra clothes inside and it helps save on costs from checking another bag.

If you forget a travel monitor, use your Apple Watch and phone to make a baby monitor.

Ask if you can bring your car seat on the plane. Alot of people don’t realize that you can ask and sometimes get a free seat. That has been a game changer for us.

A lot of parents stress about how their baby’s ears will hurt when they’re taking off and landing on the flight. Try something that gets their jaw moving — a bottle or breastfeeding. Or if they’re not hungry, do anything to get them swallowing. Give them a snack or something they can suck on.

Learn to adapt to a flexible routine.

Naps are important for babies. Help your baby have at least one good hotel nap a day. If Briggs can get a first solid nap in the hotel in his crib, the rest of the day is better.

Then have on-the-go naps, in a stroller, in a car seat while you’re driving to a destination, or even while you’re babywearing. Knowing that your baby doesn’t have to be confined to the hotel room is liberating. 

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