My name is Tina Ramos and I’m 31 years old. I was born and raised in Grand Cayman, and I am also half Costa Rican. My husband and I packed up our stuff and our 2 boys and moved to the UK 6 years ago for a better lifestyle for us and our kids. My oldest son is 13, my youngest son is 10 and my daughter will be turning 3 soon.
Q1. How old was your child when you first went abroad/first staycation?
I have done many trips with my boys, but all trips were 1hr away as we would fly over to Miami a lot and then drive over to Orlando or Tampa. Those trips have always been very easy and I think we only ever had one bad trip.
However, with my daughter, her first trip was with me and her brothers to Costa Rica to visit my mother’s family. She was only 15 months and nursing.
Q2. What was the journey like? Be honest good bits and bad bits?
My anxiety was everywhere because my husband wasn’t with us. In all honesty, the journey going there went very well. I didn’t have to worry about my older two boys as they sat in the aisle next to me.
They had their ipads, word puzzles, cards and enough snacks to get them through the journey. Estefani, my daughter, was a dream. No crying or fussing, and we sat next to another toddler near her age. Having to go to the bathroom was a bit tricky or not being able to go because she was asleep on me! Haha!
Coming back to the UK was a little tricky as it was nighttime, her routine was a bit messed up. While everyone was asleep she was giggling and babbling and just making a lot of noise. She wanted to walk around and play with her brothers. She refused to breastfeed, and she was just a bit more agitated going back. Again, my older two were fine and went to sleep with no problems.
Q3. What’s the best thing about travelling with kids?
The memories! Whether it is a trip abroad or a staycation, those memories stay with your children! Everything is just a lot more exciting when you travel with them. They also keep each other entertained and help out with their sister.
Q4. What’s the worst thing about travelling with kids?
I had to answer all the other questions and come back to this one. I honestly can’t think of anything bad, I enjoy travelling with my kids. The boys are helpful and Estefani doesn’t give me trouble.
But, I would say that the worst thing is when they get sick. My youngest son gets horrible nose bleeds and in Costa Rica, it was so bad and lasted a long time that he thought he was going to die. Bless him! Anyways, I took him to see my cousin in-laws father, who is a paediatrician, and he said that my son was okay. We did blood samples and everything was normal. Thankfully, I didn’t have to pay for anything because he was like family.
Again, we were in Disney Paris last year for the summer holiday and my youngest son vomited so much on the last day. I felt so bad because he kept saying he had a tummy ache, but I thought he just wanted to stay at the Disney Hotel to go in the pool! Mummy fail!
Q5. What are your must-haves in your suitcase?
For my older boys – their headphones, electronics, word puzzles and snacks!
For my daughter – sticker books, colouring books,
iPad, one stuffed doll and snacks.
Me – my makeup, comfy clothing, my birth control (haha), medicine (for kids and adults), and a good book.
Hubby – he doesn’t care! As long as he has clothes and his headphone haha!
Q6. What are your travel plans for the future?
We are going to Disney Paris in November via EUROSTAR for my daughter’s birthday. I’m also hoping for a trip to Scotland early next year to visit where my Chisholm ancestors (my father’s side of the family) came from.
Q7. What are your top travel trips?
Get travel insurance, it doesn’t cost a lot and make sure to shop around for the best and most affordable prices.
Do not over pack.
Pre-book what you can.
Don’t rush around, make sure you leave with plenty of time.
Make sure you have your kids favourite snacks. Bring your medicine and medicine for the kids, you never know what will happen on your trip.
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