This weekend is the Family Travel show at London Olympia, the UK’s first exhibition completely dedicated to family travel adventures. I’m going to be heading along to see what the specialist operators and family holiday providers have to offer for a family with an energetic and inquisitive 3 year old. I’m always on the lookout for fun and interesting things for us to do/places to visit and plus I want to travel like I used to before my little one arrived. It’s a quandary faced by parents up and down the country I think. Plus for us there isn’t huge amount of time before he reaches school age and we’re legally bound to take our holidays in the peak season of school holidays.
My son went on his first flight aged 12 months, to New York, of all the cosmopolitan starts to have. At 15 months he took his second flight, a major long haul one. In fact the flight was very nearly 32 hours from London Heathrow to Palmerston North in New Zealand. And guess what? We’ll be doing it again next year. Since then he has clocked up a further 10 flights.
As a new Mum I had the “fear” about both of those initial flights. I think it’s actually every parent’s fear, the crying child who just won’t settle. Flying with a child is hardly the world’s most relaxing experience after all. Through trial and error (!) I have however been fine-tuning my approach and I have 5 top tips on how to make your journey as stress-free as possible.