I’m Megan, a 30-something mom living in West London. Originally from the US, I’ve now lived in the UK for 12 years.
Q1. How old was your child when you first went abroad/first staycation?
We first went abroad to visit my family in the US when he was 5 months old.
Q2. What was the journey like? Be honest good bits and bad bits?
Really, truly, the easiest time to travel with kids is before they can move! He slept for half of the flight. The check-in agent for the airline had very kindly blocked the middle seat for us so we had more space to spread out and we had a very kind man next to us who opened my water bottle and set out my food on the tray table when my hands were full. I was really nervous as I was flying alone with my son, but he was so good that people didn’t even realize a baby was on board. When we landed, a couple in the next row told me my baby was awesome and high-fived me. In the middle of the flight we had a massive nappy blowout, which resulted in me having to throw his outfit away, and I wished I had packed a spare outfit for myself!
Q3. What’s the best thing about travelling with kids?
Seeing the world through their eyes, watching their little face light up with wonder, showing them new places and hoping to increase their global awareness.
Q4. What’s the worst thing about travelling with kids?
All of the stuff you need! I can personally just take a carry-on for a 2 week trip and be perfectly fine, but there’s so many extras (snacks, clothes, entertainment) you need with kids. Also, the cheapest flights are not usually the easiest times for kids (early morning, late night) so it can be hard if your kid is tired or grumpy, but it’s temporary and quickly forgotten when you arrive.
Q5. What are your must haves in your suitcase?
Spare clothes, lots of snacks (like, triple what you think you need!), and little toys they’ve not seen before to keep them interested and busy on the flight. Also, antibacterial wet wipes to clean the surfaces on planes and messy hands and faces while traveling.
Q6. What are your travel plans for the future? We are going to Las Vegas and southern California in December 2019 and Tokyo in May 2020.
Q7. What are you top travel trips?
Be organized, but also willing to go with the flow. Things don’t always go as planned. Flights get delayed, kids get cranky and cry. Don’t worry about other people on the plane, you’ll never see them again. Start traveling with kids early if you can so they get used to it. My now almost 3 year old loves to fly and asks on the daily where his suitcase is and if we can go to the airport. I love that he has the travel bug and as he gets older we can start planning trips together.
You can see more of our daily adventures, things to do in the local area and our travels on Instagram – @hillingdonmama