- Travelling with babies is a strange blend of fun, anxiety and tearing your hair out. However from aged 2 onwards it gets easier. Of course a few challenges remain (not sure why my 2yo insistent on playing with hotel plug sockets) but overall a vacation becomes more like a vacation.
- Kids AND adults need downtime when away. Don’t overload your kids with a jampacked itinerary. They’ll thank you for that late afternoon swim back at the hotel and you’ll thank yourself when you’re guzzling G&Ts as they merrily watch Peppa Pig.
- It’s hard to feed them as healthily as you do when you’re at home. Kids menus are full of chips, chips and more chips. Don’t let it stress you out – just go with it.
- Don’t forget vacations are there to help you unwind and relax too – an activity that can be difficult if you’re travelling with young kids. Help yourself by getting a break whether that’s sticking the kids in a kids club for a few hours, hiring a babysitter, bring your nanny/grandparents away with you or taking it in turns to have an ‘hour off’ between you and your partner.
- If your trips don’t run like clockwork, don’t fret. You can’t plan on things like a supertyphoon stopping your flights back home or getting ill on vacation. You can help yourself in buying a decent travel insurance and packing a good medical kit. Beyond that, just go with it.
What lessons have you learned through your travels in 2013?