I am a lifestyle/fashion/travel blogger who has a 23 month year old baby. We like to travel, try new places and new fashion and blog about it!
In reality, I have a PhD in Genetics and run my own medical communications business. I love blogging so I do that in my spare time and pretty much treat it as a diary of my life!
I have one baby girl and we (me and my husband) are Londoners who love this city and can’t get enough of it! (I mean who can? There is always something new!)
We hope our tips help other families travel happier with their kids!
In which country, region or city do you live: London
How old was your child the first time you went on holiday with them and where did you go?
First time she was 11 months and we went to Lanzarote in Spain
What important items do you always take with you on your travels?
- Her bunny! (soft toy she sleeps with)
- 2-3 Books of stickers (each has over 100 stickers!)
- Colouring pencils and colouring book
- Ipad with all her nursery rhyme and cartoon videos uploaded
- Her usual bag (diapers, milk, calpol and baby Benadryl [just in case, change of clothes, wet wipes)
- Any interactive toy small enough to fit in hand luggage!
Have you ever forgotten something important at home?
Her bunny and we had a REAL hard time!
What was your favourite destination and why?
Last year when she was about 14 months we went to Crete. In terms of travelling with a baby, it was a really good destination
We stayed in Elounda at Princess Yaiza Resort. The town and hotel are super baby friendly and they even have a day crèche so the holiday was really relaxing with happy parents and a happy baby!
Where would your child/children love to travel to if they could choose?
Difficult one as she is sooo young
She likes places where she can run around – parks and beaches are her favourite places right now
Definitely not a city-traveller!!
Do you usually travel on your own, with other family members (e.g. grandparents), friends or nanny?
Not really though we did have a family holiday with grandparents in Cannes last year
What do you think travelling abroad teaches your children?
I think it opens them up to new cultures and new experiences. They learn to accept differences and similarities amongst people, learn to eat new varieties of food, respect other cultures, understand their history, food, lifestyle, etc. Just opens up their mind, I guess. It also helps shape early education e.g. new languages, history, art, etc
There is so much of the world to see and so much to learn – they need an early start
Conversely, you learn so much from the child. Seeing new places through a child’s eyes can be a real experience for parents too!
Do you have any tips or hints for other parents that make your travelling easier and more relaxed?
- Always travel with their favourite soft toy (one they sleep with)
- Take loads of distractions with you on the plane e.g. colouring books/pencils, stickers, games, etc
- Ipad was a life saver for me – it keeps her quite on the plane and in the buggy
- Research the destination, and especially, the hotel carefully in terms of being child friendly
- If the hotel doesn’t have anything re “childcare” or “families” on their website, AVOID!
- Check the city you are going to is child or buggy friendly – we really suffered in Venice due to the lack of high chairs everywhere and all the stairs!
- Plan activities for the child and yourselves so they can have fun too. Seeing museums all day will not be their idea of a holiday!
How long in advance do you book a holiday?
At least 3 months
What makes your holiday perfect?
And a happy baby!!!
Do you plan all the activities and sight seeing in advance?
We try – as much as possible
Are you still one of those people that uses a travel agencies for all your holiday bookings or do you plan everything on your own?
We plan ourselves
What is your favourite activity as a family when you are away?
Beach definitely! Just building sandcastles, swimming, running around, playing with fish!
Thanks to Londongirlsabz for the insights and advise.
If you are interested in sharing your experiences about your travels with children, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will then email you the questionnaire template and some other requirements for the post. I am looking forward to hearing from you…