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travelling with kids {version 2}

travelling with kids

Every time I go away and travel with the kids I learn something new. Well, we learn something new. And every time we go away it gets that little bit easier and that little bit more enjoyable with moments of “relaxation”, even at the very glimpse of a moment. At the end of the year we travelled to Noosa, again, because that is just our comfort spot. In all honestly, we love it for so many reasons. The simple fact that I went there for family holidays as a child and now I get to take my family is just kind of nice.

You see, the first time we went to Noosa with two children we were about to send ourselves to the mental asylum because we were so torn, depressed and just down right deflated. In one word, horrible. HORRIBLE! But we took that experience as a ‘right of passage’ so to speak and moved forward. Last July, we braved the return and we were surprised that it was not so bad. Now, we are even more experienced.

  1. Hire an ipad on the plane or bring your own. Simple lifesaver for wriggly, squirmy children, especially the 2.5 year old, that has ants in his pants and cant sit still otherwise.
  2. Organise a babysitter if you can. If you do your research in advance, getting a babysitter for a night or two so you can have a break is my kind of holiday. Ask friends, family, forums or look online elsewhere to see what people do when they travel to the place you are travelling to.
  3. Don’t hire a car everyday. The one thing I do EVERYDAY is put my children in and out of the car. My perfect holiday is to have no car! Hop on a bus or get a shuttle… do something different then your normal daily car routine.
  4. Don’t have any expectations. If you expect to sit on a beach peacefully and read a book or get a tan; not happening. We went totally wrong in expecting too much. Go with less, come out with more.

What are your tips when travelling with kids? 

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  • Dani Netherclift

    I love the idea of going without expectations. You have inspired me to think about a mini weekend away, as my family so needs it.
    Dani @ sand has no home

  • Ella

    Great tips!

  • EssentiallyJess

    I hadn’t thought of the not hiring a car bit. I like that idea. I would prefer to be somewhere where I can walk everywhere.

  • Malinda

    I totally agree on having no expectations! Great tips.

  • Aroha @ Colours of Sunset

    I often wonder what our parents and parents before them did without iPads and the like to keep the kids entertained. I suppose we were happy to play with toys and do puzzles or something. But what a god-send technology is! And yes, the less “chores” or chore-like things you can do on holiday the better! We love Caloundra because it is so laid back and not too far away, but far enough away to feel like we’re on holiday. -Aroha (for #teamIBOT)

  • Sally@Toddlers on Tour

    Flexibility is the key. Go with flow,just because you thought a particular activity at a certain time would be good doesn’t mean the kids are on the same page.