I’m Katie and I blog at https://www.mummysdiary.co.uk I am 32 years old and I live in the beautiful South Wales Valleys with my husband and our son and daughter.
Q1. How old was your child when you first went abroad/first staycation?
Our children were aged 4 and 5 when we first took them abroad, this was last year. We had always holidayed in the UK but wanted to take them abroad but were a bit apprehensive. Luckily we were then offered to stay at a family members apartment in Spain. So we went for 5 days with them. It was reassuring as they knew the area and were able to show us around.
Q2. What was the journey like? Be honest good bits and bad bits?
The journey to the airport was daunting! We didn’t have the best flight times either. Our flight was scheduled for around 7am however our airport was an hours drive away. We put the kids to bed as usual, work them at 2am and assumed they would easily go back to sleep in the car on the way to the airport. However they did not! They were too excited. We arrived and I remember watching them pulling their cases along, so cute! We boarded the plane and then the arguments started. Who would sit by the window, who would sit by mummy! However they thankfully calmed down when we were in the air.
The biggest worry I actually had was will they need a wee whilst we’re waiting to board or whilst we’re going through security! I was quite anxious over this and made sure they had regular toilet trips and limited drinks til we were onboard. We have also just recently come back from Spain after staying at the apartment again.
This time around I assumed it would be plain sailing as they’ve travelled before now. However the whole flight all they seemed to do was argue! They are close in age, 18 months between them, so I don’t think this helped. Again it was the same argument over who sits where and then the I’m hungry, I need a wee (10 times!) started. I was grateful for the plane to land! Heading home however they were very well behaved (tired I’m guessing as it was a night flight). Even the lady behind commented how good they had been. The best bit about the journey was definitely seeing how excited they were and they loved flying above and through the clouds. Although my son did ask if he could open the window to touch them!
Q3. What’s the best thing about travelling with kids?
The best thing about travelling with kids is just how observant they are! They notice everything, the little things that us as adults sometimes don’t see. As well as this it’s seeing how they react to new and different cultures and languages. They loved seeing how the local people lived in their homes that are different to ours and they enjoyed saying Hola and Gracias to the waiters at the restaurants and how much they enjoyed playing in the sea which never happens back home thanks to the British weather. They were able to see the fishes swimming around them as the water so clear.
Q4. What’s the worst thing about travelling with kids?
The worst thing about travelling with kids is dealing with their holiday blues when you get back! When we got home my daughter cried herself to sleep one night as she wanted to be in Spain. Also the journey but that’s only short lived.
Q5. What are your must haves in your suitcase?
My suitcase must have for the kids is definitely one of their cuddly toys I think this helps them to settle in bed when they’re in a strange country. We also packed some colouring and activity books. Our mobile phones helped too as the kids could watch their favourite cartoons while mummy and daddy were getting ready.
Q6. What are your travel plans for the future?
Our travel plans for the future continue to be to try and holiday abroad at least once a year, we usually have a UK holiday once a year too. I would love to take them to Disneyland Paris but that will require some saving. I just want them to be able to enjoy and experience new places and cultures.
Q7. What are you top travel trips?
My top travel tips – bring some form of entertainment with you for the children to help the journey go smoother/quicker and keep them occupied, bring snacks as kids are always hungry! But most of all don’t try to plan specific activities as children are unpredictable it’s best to go with the flow!
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