Holidays Abroad with a toddler or baby
So now that travel restrictions are easing off, your mind may have turned to thinking about heading somewhere hot this Spring or Summer with your little one. Chances are you haven’t done it before, so we have put together some of our top tips for a great holiday.
This year we are collaborating with Simpson Travel and we will be travelling to Mousses in Lefkada in Greece and sharing our experience. For full disclosure our accommodation and childcare is gifted and we are paying for the flights ourselves. Mousses is a collection of self catering villas with a gated pool and a creche and kids club.
Some things to consider when planning your holiday…
Flight Time – if it is your first time flying with your little one you might want to keep it shorter. There are plenty of European destinations that can be easily reached within 3 hours. Even though Lefkada is Greece it is only 3.5 hours flight time.
Transfer Time – This is a big one. Particularly if you have a little one who suffers from car sickness (like Daisy) I always opt for a short transfer time if I can get one. Ideally 45 mins or less. It just makes life easier and reduces the overall time travelling. I am delighted that we are staying a 30 minute drive from the airport which makes the whole travel time quicker and easier!
Times flights to fit with naps if you can. This is not always possible and there are times when this has worked against me (f they get overtired and refuse to go to sleep. But make it work and you can kill an hour or so with a plane nap. Just make sure you go to the loo first!!
What to take on the flight … small toys, ideally something you know they love, something new or that they have not seen before. The best thing that I did once was wrap up lots of ‘gifts’ including small toys, snacks and a book and put them in a bag and then produced them throughout the flight. It worked really well. Other things to think about… a tablet with stuff pre loaded on it. Something for when the tablet is not allowed during landing and take off (the gifts work well here as taking an ipad off a toddler is not the easiest thing to do!) Make sure you take plenty of snacks, wipes, a change of clothes (for you and your little one). I have sat on a flight with a dubious stain on my trousers after a poonami but that was when she was smaller!
Choosing your destination… self catering certainly gives you more options for preparing food and meals for your little ones but equally all-inclusive can be good, especially if you have flexibility with meal times. I do like to eat out at different places though and the flexibility of preparing our own meals is great with a little one. Mousses is self-catering with a restaurant on site is perfect. If they can deliver the food to your room it means you can stick to bedtimes should you wish.
Beach nearby – having the option of both beach and pool is always good and means you can mix things up. I actually find it easier to entertain little ones on the beach. Highly recommend the buckets and spades that scrunch up and fit easily in your case!
Gated Pool – This is a huge bonus but lots of places don’t have them. Just means that your little one can have a bit more freedom if you are outside if you know that the pool is secure.
Kids Club – I have left this until last but it is a big one and one of the things that can really make you feel like you have had a relaxing holiday. I have heard people say “is a holiday ever relaxing with toddlers?” Well yes, it can be, if you have some time out from them! Harsh but true! Daisy loves nursery so no doubt she will love playing with other kids for the mornings and we get to have some time out meaning our cups are full for when she is with us the rest of the time!
Other things worth looking out for are whether Car seats and booster seats can be provided by the hosts.
You can read more about Mousses here and I will write a full review when we are back.