As you all know by now we love to travel! We have been all over Europe and we’ve had plenty of staycations. I’ve asked a few parents some questions about travelling with kids and I’ll be sharing their responses weekly.
So meet Aimee…
I’m Aimee, I’m 25 and I’m from London. I’m mum to Jai (5) and Mila (9 months)
Q1. How old was your child when you first went abroad/first staycation?
Jai first went on holiday in the UK at 6 months old – and abroad to Paris at 2 years old.
Mila first went on holiday abroad at 6 months old to Mallorca.
Q2. What was the journey like? Be honest good bits and bad bits?
Jai’s first trip abroad was on the Eurostar. We had a fairly good experience. The journey isn’t too long so we were able to keep him occupied with the iPad, snacks and he had a nap too. We didn’t book his own seat as under 4s are free. Luckily someone moved seats to let him have his own which made the journey a lot easier.
Mila’s first holiday at 6 months old was by plane. It was also our first holiday with two kids. We prepared well and had the iPad with lots of programmes downloaded for Jai on Netflix, as well as snacks and drinks. He put his headphones in at the beginning of the flight and was happy for the entire flight!
We had Mila’s milk ready upon take off (feeding or a dummy on take off and landing can help reduce any pain in their ears)
She did cry for about 10 minutes mid flight when she was overtired and missing her bed! But we managed to calm her down and she slept through the rest of the flight.
Q3. What’s this best thing about travelling with kids?
The best thing for me about travelling with kids is that you are showing these little humans, who you love more than anything in the world, the rest of the world. You get to see things through their eyes.
Q4. What’s the worst thing about travelling with kids?
The worst thing is probably the level of organisation that you need to do. It can be stressful making sure that you have everything you need, especially when you’ve got more than one child, and even more so with babies!
Q5. What are your must haves in your suitcase?
Must haves for our suitcase for Mila is nappies and formula (these are super expensive abroad!!)
We left Mila’s swimming nappies in the cab in Spain, and ending up paying €15 for some new ones, which only cost £4 in the UK 😩
For Jai it would be an iPad with lots of episodes and movies downloaded, so no need for WiFi.
Q6. What are your travel plans for the future?
Our future travel plans are: Disneyland Paris in December 2019.
Next year we will be going to Cornwall, Portugal, and Paris.
2021 will be Bangladesh, Dubai and Paris.
And 2022 (yes we are planning that far ahead!) will be 3 weeks in Cuba!
For my 30th (in 2024) I would love us to go to Disney World in Florida.
Q7. What are you top travel trips?
My top travel tips are:
– You can’t be too prepared
– On the Eurostar, if you are travelling with an under 4 with no booked seat, book your seats at a table. If there’s someone else booked to sit there they will usually offer to move elsewhere to let your child have a seat. Not always because they are polite, they probably just feel awkward sitting with a family at a table 🤣
– Sign up for a Monzo bank account to use the card abroad. No charges – even for cash withdrawals.
– And of course, as I’ve mentioned above, don’t forget a tablet with lots of movies or programmed downloaded! (Netflix/ amazon prime etc)