Despite dishing out the travel advice, I often find myself looking enviously at other parents sauntering effortlessly through airports. Have you spied any of these types? Where do you reckon you fit in?
THE GLAMOROUS PARENT
You’ll find her in wedges, white jeans (no stains on her), immaculately glossy hair with a couple of glossy kids in tow. Sunglasses perched on top her head, it’s likely they’re off to somewhere stylish in Bali.
THE ORGANISED PARENT
I always spy this one at the gate, her kids sitting neatly in a row whilst she’s doling out snacks and activities that have been organised into clear plastic bags. She’s busy checking everyone’s ok and always has just the right amount of hand luggage.
THE NEW MUM
She’s wandering around the airport with a brand new bubba hanging delicately from her Baby Bjorn. Looking slightly fraught at the flight ahead but excited to go on baby’s first adventure. She won’t realise it now but that the is the best time to travel – no toddler on the move, a baby that can fit in the bassinet and who also only costs 10% of the ticket.
THE CARE-FREE ADVENTURER PARENT
Fisherman pants, friendship bracelets, hair in braids and that’s just the parents. This lot are wandering around the airport half way through an around the world travel adventure. Whilst the parents are huddled over the Lonely Planet, the kids are happily sitting at their feet playing backgammon off a set bought in some exotic market.
THE HARASSED PARENT
I think this is where I fit in. Hurrying my children along, furiously checking the departures board in case there’s been a last minute gate change and anxiously checking our passports and tickets are still in the pocket. I can never truly relax until we are all sitting on the plane and the captain’s announced we are ready for take off.