We do love to travel. And we do take both kids with us hoping to instil in them the same love to travel we have.
The Toddler has been on over 40 flights (expat kid) and is up to double digits in his country count. How many near 3 year olds do you know that have been to Singapore twice on holiday?? The Baby is, understandably, behind.
But often we wear rose tinted specs when it comes to travelling with the boys. And the idealistic holidays don’t quite turn out idealistic.
Maybe we are imagining holidays of old. Maybe we expect too much. Maybe, just maybe, sometimes kids are kids and that doesn’t change if you are at home or a beautiful 5* resort in Thailand.
Tantrums still happen.
So, in the view of honesty about our holidays I’m going to share some of our “moments”. Those moments when I turn to my husband and say
Why do we bother?
Or he turns to me and says
Of course we haven’t actually ever banned ourselves from going on holiday or stopped. But for those split seconds all you want to do is be at home.
Travelling with children is TOUGH
#1 – Pram Problems
When the Toddler was a baby we went to the Christmas Markets in Belgium. As he was only 8 weeks old at the time we took our pram. Our massive, ginormous, 2 piece Bugaboo Chameleon.
On the tube to Kings Cross. On the Eurostar through to Brussels. Across the city in Brussels. On the train down to Bruges. Through the markets.
Belgium is not made for massive prams. We had fights with it on the narrow streets. We struggled to get it INSIDE anywhere to eat. A lot of the holiday was spent eating chips and mayo in the freezing cold.
#2 – Timezone Troubles and £300 Dinners being ruined
Timezones. Travelling through them when you know what’s going on is bad enough for jet lag, when babies don’t have a clue and dragging them 8 hours forward from London to Singapore?
Your sleep is topsy turvy. Your baby is awake through the night and comes out to play at dinner time. Those lovely expensive honeymoon dinners. Where half is spent with one of you frantically walking the pram (no longer the massive one – lesson learnt) up and down outside the restaurant while the other glugs down the over priced wine.
That’s what happens when you take a baby on a luxury honeymoon!
#3 – Sleeping Issues
Other than the obvious time zone problems we discovered another recently. The Toddler is now in a bed. A bed he can climb out of.
At home we have a stairgate on his room so he can play before bed if he really, really wants too and we know eventually he will climb into bed and go to sleep. On holiday?
So one Toddler popping up every 5 minutes.
There was also the added safety measure which led to this arrangement on the stairs
Not exactly the best blockade but we figured it would cause enough noise to wake us and alert us to a Toddler on the prowl. Luckily instead he liked to come into our room.
#4 – Changing Woes
#5 – Luggage Allowances
Ahhh. Yes the limit of 23kg when travelling with most airlines. Less if you go with a low cost carrier. Then you go travelling with children.
Children mean that you pack the kitchen sink. Literally. Things that they might may possibly once in a blue moon use. Ignore the fact you don’t use it at home. Ignore the fact that its massive and takes up so much room in your bag. It has to come.
Guess what. You won’t use it.
And space in the case is a premium – otherwise you are limited to wearing the same shorts and vest all holiday. With possibly a bikini thrown in.
Though I must say we’ve gotten better at packing. Mainly because my husband is ruthless and goes through what I’m planning and questions it all. I recommend this method!
There you have it, 5 issues with travelling with small people. It’s tough. Kids will be kids wherever they are.
But it’s worth it.
We have some incredible memories and have shared some beautiful moments. Moments that make all those “what were we thinking” thoughts go away as we book our next adventure….