#wanderlustexperiences | Anne and David of horseaddict.net

Travel tips for other mums and dads from real life experiences.

My name is Anne Leueen and my husband’s name is David. Our children are Breanne and Perry.  They are now adults.  We come from Ontario Canada just outside Toronto.

My blog website is: https://horseaddict.net/

My Facebook page connected to Horse Addict is : Horse Addict Leueen

David and I are both retired now but travelled with our children often when they were younger.  We now go to Florida for the winters to escape the cold in Ontario.  I also ride, train and compete with my horse and the winter season in Florida is a busy time for that.  David and I have done some travelling on our own to Europe and also to Vietnam and Cambodia a few years ago, but now I find that with going to England twice a year and  having a competition horse we are travelling less than we did with a younger family.  I am so glad we always took our children with us on all of our travels. There are many stories we still talk about and have wonderful memories to share with our adult children.

Perry now lives in London, England.  He went to university in the UK and never returned, which gives a good excuse for David and I to go there twice a year.

Breanne lives in Ontario and travels quite a lot to western Canada and the US for work.   This year she has also been to London and Paris and will be going to Barcelona and Madrid also for work.

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Perry on his first flight to London on British Airways. Cheery little traveller!

How old were your children the first time you flew/went on holiday with them and where did you go?

Perry was a month old for his first flight which was from Toronto to Vancouver BC.  His next flight was Toronto to London when he was about six months old. Breanne was six weeks old for her first flight from Toronto to London.

Perry was 4 and Breanne turned 2 when we were on our Australian trip.  They continued to travel with us to England each year as my family is from there, and I lived there when I was in my 20s, so I have a lot of friends there too.  The trips to Mexico were on school holidays as was the trip to Kenya. We made trips to Italy during the March break school holidays.

What important items do you always take with you on your travels?

When they were too young to read I always took books to read to them, puzzles and crayons and paper.  Also a backpack filled with disposable diapers, two sets of extra clothing for each child, and when they were babies and eating solid food some dehydrated baby food.  For a really long trip, like Los Angeles to Fiji, I wrapped all the little toys in paper and tied it with string so it gave them something to do to get them open and they could only have one at a time.  Breanne always needed to have her stuffed bear with her but Perry did not have a favourite stuffie.

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Perry and Breanne and I crossing Australia on the Nullabor.

What was your favourite destination and why?

Favourite destination? Hard to say. The trip to New Zealand and Australia, when we rented a camper van and travelled in NZ for seven weeks and in Australia for six months was a wonderful experience that remains top of the list for David and I.  For the kids, they loved trips to Italy, England and also Mexico.

Do you usually travel on your own, with other family members (e.g. grandparents), friends or nanny?

We always travelled on our own. No friends or other family or nanny.

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At the Equator in Kenya. The man showed them how water funnels down in different directions depending on which side of the equator you are on.

What do you think travelling abroad teaches your children?

Travelling abroad is an invaluable education. C hildren can see how other people live.   They can see people of different races, different levels of poverty or wealth, different customs.  When we arrived in Nairobi the guide asked Perry if he had been to Africa before and he said no.  “Well,” the guide said “The first thing you will notice is that everyone here is black.”  After our first visit to Venice, Perry who was 10, said:  “Next time we come here we should stay for two weeks because there is so much here to see.” This was in large part because we had used a walking tour guide ‘Venicescapes’ and the guide had taken us to a lot of very interesting places not always open to the public and he had made it interesting for the kids as well.  So, there is history lessons and life lessons, lots of things to be gained from travel.

Do you have any tips or hints for other parents that make your travelling easier and more relaxed?

Travelling with a baby; always have something to get them to drink when taking off or landing in a plane to help their ears adjust to the pressure changes. If you are not absolutely fluent in the country you are going to and do not have friends there make sure you have access to English speaking medical help.

How long in advance do you book a holiday?

We would book in advance for only a few weeks to go to England.  About a month to go to Mexico to a resort.  Europe maybe six weeks.  The Australian trip was planned several months ahead as we were gone for seven months.

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Perry and Breanne are given some instruction into the making of a gondola in Venice by the gondola maker and the guide from Venicescapes.

Do you plan all the activities and sight seeing in advance?

We planned the walking tours in Italy in advance, but we did not plan the Australia trip other than booking the campervan.  I did have maps and made decisions about where to go but basically, we just drove the whole way around the continent and en route we found people who would suggest things to us and we would follow that.  For example, I had a friend in Sydney who was the manager of a 3-million-acre sheep station in central Australia.  She suggested we stop in to see him as we were going across the country.  We drove across the Nullabor and then up a dirt road alongside the dingo fence to stay at the station.

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 did use a travel agent to make our flight bookings and then I did the hotels etc. myself.

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At the sheep station in central Australia the Flying Doctor had to be called for a sheep shearer who was ill. Perry and Breanne were invited to have a look inside the plane.

Thank you Anne for sharing your experiences, the trip for seven months sounds like it was very adventurous and it must have been a fantastic opportunity for the family.  I am sure travel was much harder to book and arrange before the internet was ubiquitous.

I hope you, my readers, enjoyed our short interview and if you have travel experiences and tips you would also like to share please let me know at wanderlustplusone@gmail.com.

#wanderlustexperiences | ourfamilypassport

Travel tips for other mums and dads from real life experiences.

We are an average family living in a crazy busy world, trying to juggle work, school, and family responsibilities. As a multi-generational family, we are always growing and changing.  We have found that traveling all together with our family of 8 from the Grandparents on down to the little Grandbaby, provides a “time-out” where we can reconnect with the ones we love the most without daily interruptions or distractions.  We have been to 6 continents and over 40 countries together! Our family adventures are tremendously educational and most of all, fun! It is our goal to encourage other families to take a “time out” together and go explore our amazing world!!!

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Phil – Dad/Grandpa

Shani – Mom/Grandma

Kam – Oldest (27)/Momma to Becks

Stefen – Son-in-law/Married to Kam/Dad to Becks

Beckham – Grandbaby/Baby to Kam & Stef (3)

Tan – 2nd Oldest (24)

Sav – 3rd Oldest (20)

Easton – Baby (16)

Utah, United States

Website: www.ourfamilypassport.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ourfamilypassport

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How old were your children the first time you went on holiday with them and where did you go?

When my parents were poor young parents they would take local trips down to Southern Utah and visit the National Parks down there like Arches, Zions etc. We would try to go to places that we could drive to, and that could fit in the budget. Disneyland was a favorite of course :).

We have now been to over 40 different countries and 6 different continents. Almost always traveling together! My how have times changed!

What important items do you always take with you on your travels?

  • A first aid kit! (We have had to use this baby more times than we can count)
  • Our detailed itinerary and copies of our passports. (Once my little brother almost wasn’t let out of the country of Zambia because my mom had forgotten a copy of my dad’s passport)
  • A clean change of clothes in our carry-on luggage (Taking collectively 50-70+ flights a year, luggage is bound to get lost :))

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Have you ever forgotten something important at home?

Haha, yes! My other brother (Tan) one time forgot his entire bag when we left on a trip when he was in high school. My parents kept telling him to make sure he had brought his bag up to get loaded into the car before we left for the airport and he still ended up forgetting. They made him spend his own money to buy some new clothes when we made it to our destination.

What was your favourite destination and why?

Oh goodness! I don’t think we can answer this question. It honestly changes. We could pick our top 3 maybe! We love South Africa, China, Rome, Venice, Peru — oh boy the list could go on and on. It would probably be easier to say the places that we didn’t love :). (There are only just a few!)

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wanderlustexperiences travel with kids children ourfamilypassport

Where would your child/children love to travel to if they could choose?

We talk about this regularly and have a list of dream destinations! Right now Egypt and Israel are at the top of the list!

Do you usually travel on your own, with other family members (e.g. grandparents), friends or nanny?

Usually we travel with our family of 8. However, sometimes we do go with other family members like great grandparents and aunts and uncles. When we were little my parents would sometimes bring along our “family helper” to help out!

What do you think travelling abroad teaches your children?

Everything! As an adult now, I can honestly say that my career path was shaped by the travels my parents took me on as a child and teenager. My three year old – the grandbaby of the group – makes connections all of the time. He has learned about different religions, and races all from traveling. His current favorite thing to learn about is wildlife. He says his favorite animal was an “ottopus” (octopus) that we saw snorkeling in Bora Bora over a year ago. I think the most important thing that travel teaches is just how similar people are around the world. Almost everyone wants to be happy and have a successful family – no matter nationality or beliefs.

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wanderlustexperiences travel with kids children ourfamilypassport

Do you have any tips or hints for other parents that make your travelling easier and more relaxed?

Plan in some SPACE from each other! Be okay if kids need to go chill out in their room for a little bit. If someone really doesn’t want to participate in an activity – don’t make them or be upset. Frustrations are bound to occur. Roll with them and be okay to let someone have some alone time.

How long in advance do you book a holiday?

Usually at least 6-9 months. Sometimes over a year in advance.

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What makes your holiday perfect?

I don’t know if we have ever had a “perfect” holiday. Something always goes against the plan. I can’t tell you how many times someone has thrown up or we have gotten lost haha. I think what makes trips close to perfect is knowing there will always be a couple of “busts” in the trip and realizing it won’t be perfect! Oh and planning helps!!

Do you plan all the activities and sightseeing in advance?

Yes, almost all of them. We even make sure to plan in our down and free time. With a group of 8, if we don’t have something planned – we end up having to navigate 8 opinions when trying to figure out what we are going to do.  We have found there is a fine line between over planning and under planning. And we always try to find a happy medium between the two.

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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?

Usually we book everything on our own. However, occasionally we will go through a family travel agency.

What is your favourite activity as a family when you are away?

Overall – everyone loves wildlife and adventure activities! The girls in the family are really drawn toward art and history while the boys are all about the golf. Activities that I know everyone will enjoy involve animal encounters or adventure.

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Thanks to everyone at ourfamilypassport for sharing their insight, experiences and some awesome family photos.

 

#wanderlustexperiences | Londongirlsabz

Travel tips for other mums and dads from real life experiences.

 

Hi,

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

Website: http://www.citychiclifestyle.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/citychiclifestyle

Instagram: @londongirlsabz

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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?

Good question!

  1. Her bunny! (soft toy she sleeps with)
  2. 2-3 Books of stickers (each has over 100 stickers!)
  3. Colouring pencils and colouring book
  4. Ipad with all her nursery rhyme and cartoon videos uploaded
  5. Her usual bag (diapers, milk, calpol and baby Benadryl [just in case, change of clothes, wet wipes)
  6. 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!

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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

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What makes your holiday perfect?

Good hotel

Good destination

Relaxation

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 wanderlustplusone@gmail.com. I will then email you the questionnaire template and some other requirements for the post. I am looking forward to hearing from you…

#wanderlustexperiences | Krystin and Cameron

Travel tips for other mums and dads from real life experiences.

Hello from the travel-nerd family over in sunny California.  My name is Kristyn and I am a fourth grade teacher who loves to travel.  My favorite traveling buddies are my husband Cameron, and our two boys, Henry (5 ½ ) and Oliver (2 ½ ).   I am relatively new to the blogging scene, but you may have seen some of my posts on Travelnerdplans.  If you haven’t, then feel free to head on over and check it out!  🙂

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How old was/were your child/children the first time you flew/went on holiday with them and where did you go?  

The first time we traveled with kids was a Hawaii trip when our oldest was just 10 months old.  The first trip we took with both of the kids was a cruise to Cabo San Lucas, during which our boys were 4 ½ and 1 ½ .

What important items do you always take with you on your travels?  

I am a bit of an overpacker, so I am tempted to say that everything I bring is an important item!  😛  But I suppose that’s not the point here, so let me try to scale down to the real priorities.  I think for young kids like ours, you definitely need as much as possible to keep them busy while traveling: snacks, toys, tablets, books, the works!  Also, I think it is important to pack extra clothes for them.  Think about the amount of clothes that seems logical for the time you’ll be traveling and then double or triple it!  

Since our youngest is not yet potty-trained, we also have to pack about a thousand diapers and wipes.  I know we can buy those elsewhere, but I like knowing we won’t run out of the brand that works for us.  Plus, you’ve got to love the amount of souvenir space in your suitcase once you have used up all of those diapers and wipes! 😉 And now for the very most important necessity to bring along: family!  For all of our travels with the kiddos, we have been with family–aunts, uncles, cousins, and Grandma.  If it takes a village to raise your kids, it only makes sense to travel with a village, right?!  

Have you ever forgotten something important at home?

Since I take so much freakish delight in planning, and because I am the overpacker that I am, I can’t really think of anything we have ever left behind.  Luggage, check!  Appallingly heavy carry-on that is bursting at the seams, check!  Enough clothes for a month, check!  Kid #1, check!  Kid #2, check!   Hubby, check!  🙂

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What was your favourite destination and why?

mmm, this is a great question.  And a terrible question, because who can pick just one???  🙂  I think if I am considering only the trips we have taken as a family, I would have to say Costa Rica.  This last November, we (the whole family–all 12 of us!) spent a week at a beach house near Jacó.  We found that Costa Rica was the perfect place for relaxed family time.  We were able to enjoy the pool, the beach, and beautiful walks.  There are activities for groups of all ages, and everyone had a great time.  

One off our favorite days was when we headed to Manuel Antonio National Park.  We wandered through with a guide, seeing sloths, monkeys, and many other animals and insects.  We then spent some time at one of the beautiful beaches before heading out to eat lunch at an airplane restaurant!  How can you beat a day of nature, sloths, swimming in the ocean, and eating in an old airplane, all with your favorite people?

Where would your child/children love to travel to if they could choose?

Right now my 5-year-old is pretty keen on the idea of going to Egypt!  I went when I was 19 and am ready to see it again, so I think it is a great idea!  We also want to go to Israel, so we might make it a combo trip.  I am thinking this won’t happen for a few years, though, as I want it to be a memorable experience for both of the boys.

Do you usually travel on your own, with other family members (e.g. grandparents), friends or nanny?

Yes!  If you saw my first answer, you know that I think family is the #1 item to pack for a trip!!  😛  I cannot even begin to tell you how wonderful it has been to have extra help, especially when lugging around carry-ons, car seats, and wild children at the airport!!  I am sure we will eventually be able to travel without an entourage, but for now traveling with family is a total blessing!

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What do you think travelling abroad teaches your children?

At this point with my kids being so young, I think it is kind of just a big blur of stimulation and excitement for them.  We are trying to really reinforce the idea that they are blessed to be visiting new places and they should be thankful.  Our older son sometimes stares at our travel map and ponders the places we have been and will hopefully someday visit.  I would like to think that he is building a love of travel that he will be able to take with him through life!

Do you have any tips or hints for other parents that make your travelling easier and more relaxed?

Ha!  I don’t know, I am still looking for those tips and hints, myself!  🙂  

To be perfectly honest, we have found that there is a fair amount of stress mixed in with the joy of traveling as a family.  I think this is probably because each trip we take with our little ones is pretty much uncharted territory for us.  So like, we may be pros at traveling as a couple, but have no clue how to cruise with kids or get through a long flight with a preschooler and toddler.  

So in preparation for our trips, I fret and I research until I am practically crazy with all of the tips and anecdotes and cautionary tales I read.  I spin all of the worst case scenarios in my mind, and then I start to (over)plan everything in hopes that I will be prepared for every possible scenario.  Once I feel completely prepared, I calm down.  But then, as the trip finally draws near, I start to stress out again!  

BUT then the trip comes and everything is wonderful!  Even when little issues come up (you know, fun stuff toddler stuff like meltdowns on a flight, no naps when naps are desperately needed, refusing to eat anything but breadsticks for dinner 5 nights in a row…), we deal with them and they are nothing in the big picture of a wonderful trip!

I am realizing that all of the things that tend to worry me pre-trip are nothing in retrospect.  And I think (HOPE!) it gets easier with experience, as we get used to traveling with our kiddos.  🙂

How long in advance do you book a holiday?

We typically book well in advance, about a year, give or take.  Since we frequently travel in groups, it is a matter of accommodating everyone’s schedule.  But I really wouldn’t mind taking a spur of the moment trip if the opportunity presents itself.  I am trying out the Hopper app right now, throwing in some dream trips at possible vacation times and seeing if any decent prices come up.  If a great deal appears, I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get there…

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What makes your holiday perfect?

I think for us, a good holiday has to include delicious food and relaxation.  Throw in some new places and interesting history, and we’ve got the makings of a pretty amazing vacation!

Do you plan all the activities and sightseeing in advance?

I am a planner.  Guilty.  I just cannot help myself!  I love researching the heck out of a trip and Google-mapping every possible drive we might take!  Do we stick to all of the plans?  Not necessarily.  But there is definitely a jam-packed itinerary that was made with love tucked away in my carry-on!

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?

No travel agent for us.  The control freak in me likes to plan everything and book everything myself!  

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What is your favourite activity as a family when you are away?

Sleeping in–hahaha!  Yeah right!  😛 I think beach time is a favorite for me.  Maybe not for my husband who does most of the corralling of the kids, but I personally love watching them happily frolic in the surf.  Neither is a swimmer at this point, but they love the water like there’s no tomorrow!  ❤

Well, I think that is about it.  We are still novices as family travelers, so I am thankful to be able to read others’ experiences–they inspire me to continue our own family adventures!  So thanks for reading and I hope to read all of your stories as well!

Thank you Kristyn for giving us an insight and tips from your travel experiences.

If you are interested in sharing your experiences about your travels with children, please feel free to email me at wanderlustplusone@gmail.com. I will then email you the questionnaire template and some other requirements for the post. I am looking forward to hearing from you…

#wanderlustexperiences | Leni, Denmark

Travel tips for other mums and dads from real life experiences.

I am a Anglo Dane who after almost 40 years of living and working in England, have returned to Denmark to live out my retirement on my farm which I share with my son. My daughter and grandchildren live not too far away.

I have always loved travelling but in my younger years that was manily in UK and Denmark for family reasons. For years I did long distance walking in England and Scotland followed by a lazy beach break.

Children:   Mai 49, David 44

Grandchildren: Jasmin 19, Rikke 18, Hannah 10, Carl 8.

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In which country, region or city do you live:

Denmark on Zealand near Roskilde.

How old were your children the first time you flew/went on holiday with them and where did you go?

My first holiday with my daughter was in a summer house on Zealand when she was 6 months old. We alway had one to three holidays per year when the children were young, mostly in the UK. I now travel with my two older granddaughters.

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What important items do you always take with you on your travels?

Blister plasters, lavender oil and my perfume.

Have you ever forgotten something important at home?

I have not forgotten anything important at home but I have gone to the wrong airport at the right time, so missed a flight!

What was your favourite destination and why?

My favourite will always be UK but I also love Egypt and New York.

Where would your children love to travel to if they could choose?

Anywhere warm, where they also can satisfy their need for shopping.

Do you usually travel on your own, with other family members (e.g. grandparents), friends or nanny?

I have and still do travel alone though I now like to share my experiences with my grandchildren. I have walked alone in Scotland and slept on the beach in Menorca too.

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What do you think travelling abroad teaches your children?

It gives them insight into other people, their lives, food and culture.

Do you have any tips or hints for other parents that make your travelling easier and more relaxed?

My granddaughters are young ladies now but I do help with a packing list, so they do not pack more then they need. Remembering that they always shop, there needs to be space for that in the suitcase.

How long in advance do you book a holiday?

I sometimes plan months in advance but also take impromptu breaks.

What makes your holiday perfect?

Being in different places. Nature, people and experiences.

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Do you plan all the activities and sight seeing in advance?

I have some idea but I only book events if I go for that specifically. I usually have some places, museeums, plays or concerts I want to make sure I get into but have also found that too much planning can spoil the chance of being spontanious.

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?

I have only booked a few times through a travel agent. I usually book flights, car, hotel and B&B myself. Accomodation often whilst on the road.

What is your favourite activity as a family when you are away?

It gives a different dimention to ones relationship when you share experiences together. I like walking, sailing, picnics, sightseeing and dining out.

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Thank you Leni for sharing your experiences with us! It was great to get a grandparent insight into travelling with children.

If you are interested in sharing your experiences about your travels with children, please feel free to email me at wanderlustplusone@gmail.com. I will then email you the questionnaire template and some other requirements for the post. I am looking forward to hearing from you…

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#wanderlustexperiences | Vanessa + Chris

Travel tips for other mums and dads from real life experiences

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As a new and exciting feature I am going to introduce a new set of regular posts on my blog, where I want to gather and share other parent’s experiences and tips on traveling with children. Any Mum or Dad can take part, so if you are interested in participating please feel free to email me at wanderlustplusone@gmail.com. I will then email you the questionnaire template and some other requirements for the post. I am looking forward to hearing from you…

So in the spirit of the blog here is something about our experiences:

As all the regular visitors to wanterlustplusone know I am Vanessa and I travel with Chris and our son Jerome who is 11, as I write this. Although I am from Germany, we now live in London, UK.   You can find me here and at:

Instagram: wanderlustplusone

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Chris has answered some of the questions separately or added to my answers however he is not so active on social media and mostly seems to keep out of the photos I post most of the time!

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How old was your child/children the first time you flew on holiday with them and where did you go?

V: Jerome was only a few days old when we first flew to the UK from Frankfurt to visit his grandma in the UK.  He always was an easy baby to fly with. He has been flying regularly ever since both in Europe and worldwide. His first long distance experience was to Tokyo when he was less than a year old.

What important items do you always take with you on your travels?

V: When Jerome was little I always made sure that I had enough water and snacks (e.g. apples, muesli bars and dried fruit) with me to last for the duration of the flight and travel after.  Apart from these we made sure to have enough toys, books, toy cars, paper and colouring pencils and his favourite cuddling toy with us.  Nowadays he is old enough to carry his own things and he decides what he wants to take but we always have card games with us.  My camera is my essential that I always have me with me and could never imagine going without, that and perhaps sunglasses as I always hope it is sunny wherever I go!

C: Well I guess my travel essentials are J and V…most of the time unless I fly on business.  If it must be an item then swimwear is my definite must pack item.

Have you ever forgotten something important at home?

V: We forgot the odd essentials like toothbrush, but I was never too worried about forgetting something that I could easily buy at the other end. Nowadays our basics for travel are always packed, and I just replace the consumable items when they are empty or need to be changed.

C: Not at all, I think provided you have passport and money you don’t have anything that is so important it is worth worrying about.  People worry too much about possessions sometimes.

What was your favourite destination and why?

V: Japan, we first went there with Jerome when he was 9 months old and returned almost every year for a few weeks. It is a very safe clean country to visit, very child friendly and there is so much to see and discover with children of all ages.

C: I don’t have one place but Japan and Mallorca will always special because of the family associations, likewise Menorca has some special memories. I still miss my childhood travel to Cornwall for surfing deep inside and probably should go back there more often.

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Where would your child love to travel to if he could choose?

V: Jerome would love to go back to the Maldives and swim with whale sharks again, but it would be a tough contest if we offered another trip Japan instead.

C: I think he would enjoy anywhere with a coral reef and good snorkelling.

Do you usually travel on your own, with other family members (e.g. grandparents), friends or nanny?

V: We usually travel alone, with Chris being away as much as he is on business we value the time together on holiday, just the three of us. Once a year we have a week away with my parents in Mallorca, where we go hiking in the mountains. In the long summer school breaks Jerome and I might go away with friends or relatives of mine.

C: V and J are key but when we travel with other family members it adds to the atmosphere.

What do you think travelling abroad teaches your children?

C: Culture, history, geography but also that you do not need oodles of money to have fun, that you can be at home anywhere that you have friends and family around you, and that the world is full of ideas.

V: I agree it gives children a perspective on their lives.  Jerome has been lucky to see so many places and I think he appreciates the learning experience.

Do you have any tips or hints for other parents that make your travelling easier and more relaxed?

V: Try not to stress about your trip. Make a list of everything you need if this helps you keep an overview of things that need to be packed. Do not over pack, whenever you can try to travel without pushchair and car seat and all the other baby extras that modern life throws at us. When your children are older try to go hand luggage only, this can save you time and money.

C: I agree…Pack light, buy what you need that is consumable, don’t over think or over worry, but do have a rough itinerary or a short list of places to see researched before you go.

How long in advance do you book a holiday?

V: It can be anything from almost a year in advance, to a few days before. We tend to book flights separate from everything and flight prices can get ridiculous around school holidays and half term.

C: Vanessa does most of the detailed planning but we have a long list of ideas that we are always discussing so that when the right chance comes we can take it.

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What makes your holiday perfect?

V: Moments together as a family, exploring new places, especially if there is some sun and water too.

C: Totally agree it has to be family time, sun, and water at the top of the list, but you could add exploring new places whether city or countryside and cycling to the list too.

Do you plan all the activities and sight seeing in advance?

V: No not at all, we might plan on where we want to be on certain days if we have a holiday that involves driving, but we have also just gone and seen where we ended up. We mainly decide on the day what to do choosing from a rough list of places that I prepare before we go. Our choices are made depending on the weather and our mood, where we want to go, what to see or do. We are never fixed on the big sights and have often visited off the beaten track places instead of the top 10 must see in the tourist guides if something takes our fancy we just change plans.

C: To be honest Vanessa usually has made the research before we travel, but as she says we rarely stick to those early plans using them more as a starter and then adapting when we are there.

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?

 V: I almost always book everything separately searching for the best deals or combinations. Even when I booked our all-inclusive holiday to the Maldives I did all the research and then just booked it as a package online.

C: I guess I have my personal shopper to do all the booking !

What is your favourite activity as a family when you are away?

V: The boys love all kind of water based activities especially swimming, surfing and snorkelling, whilst I am not the best of swimmers, I tend to stay behind or join them for a shorter period of time. We love cycling and have taken our bikes to places like Japan and Bermuda before, or hired them in others like Miami. Hiking is another activity we love to do when we are away. Jerome has been hiking with us since he was able to walk, he even climbed Mt. Fuji-san when he was only just seven years old.

C: Yes I think swimming, snorkelling,  cycling, hiking are top of the activities list, but we always have some card or other travel games with us, and enjoy playing those both out in cafes and wherever we are staying.

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I hope you enjoyed reading our short interview and if you have travel experiences you would like to share with my readers please let me know at wanderlustplusone@gmail.com