Thursday, 3 July 2014

Travel: Planning a Holiday with a Toddler

As you may or may not have seen, I’ve been looking at holidays the last few weeks and posting random questions about travelling with a toddler over on Twitter. There are so many things to think of when it comes to travelling and throw a baby or a toddler into the mix and it just adds to the stress of it all (well, I think so anyway!)

If you’re lucky enough to be jetting away, take a look at some of my tips for travelling with a toddler to make your trip a little less stressful... 

There is so much more to consider now when booking a foreign holiday, especially if you’re going with children, things such as:

- Does the room have tea and coffee making facilities or a kitchenette to warm bottles through?
- Is the hotel/resort fairly flat and suitable for a pushchair?
- Does the room have a separate living area?
- Is there a children’s area and do they provide evening entertainment?
- If travelling All Inclusive, do they have a good selection of food?
- What if they start screaming on the plane and we can’t do anything about it? 
- Is it worth buying a Trunki or just sticking with a pushchair whilst in the airport?

So, in answer to all of these, make sure you do the following:
- Make sure you check the hotel and room facilities before you book. Some self-catering rooms may not have all the things you need and better still, some hotel rooms have self catering facilities but some don’t. 
- Make sure that the hotel isn’t on a hill or surrounded by 100’s of steps. The worst thing is lugging a pushchair around in 30+degree heat! 
- Most hotels now have a children’s club but check the ages! Some don’t allow children to attend until they’re 4+ years old. 
- Go half board. At least doing this you haven’t spent £100’s on food that could potentially be shit. This way, you can still eat out if you want to and don’t feel like you’re spending additional money.
- Take toys that you KNOW your child will play with. New things are great but the fascination will die down after 10-15minutes. Kinder surprise type toys are amazing and you can always make your own too!
- Take as little luggage as possible. You’ll have so much to think about that you don’t want to take more than needed. Trunki’s are great if you have a child old enough to pull it themselves, if not, you’ll just be lugging another bag around. 

There’s so much more to consider when it comes to travelling with a toddler, especially if it’s the first time, why can’t we hire someone to do it for us? Or why don’t planes have a ‘child only’ area? Imagine that... We just don’t know what to expect and I think it’s a little anxiety too, not knowing what could happen!