Travelling With Children Is A Breeze, Just Follow These Tips

If you think planning a luxury holiday with children is a huge task, fret not. Just follow these expert tips and you are good to go
Planning a holiday with children in tow is easy peasy
Planning a holiday with children in tow is easy peasy

The popular quote travel is the best education is less a profound amalgamation of words and more a second religion in my house. It's the quote that gets my juices flowing.For my children, the education it offers is what I find most intriguing. After a decade of travelling withchildren under my belt, here are my top suggestions on travelling with the brood. Bon Voyage

Less is more

Remember, when it comes to packing for a family holiday, less is truly more. Try to abstain from packing everything and the kitchen sink, for now even the most celebrated bastions of coupledom offer everything from cots to bottle sterilisers, diapers, swimming gear, and toys.

Help at hand

Many luxury hotels and resorts offer complimentary unpacking and packing assistance, a God sent service when travelling with tots in tow. Just ask.

The one rule

One-flight holidays work best with children. Throw in that connecting flight and watch big smiles turn into big sighs.

Babysitter bliss

The minute youve enjoyed your first midnight stroll under the stars because the babysitter was diligently watching over your sleeping cherubs back in the hotel room, youre hooked for life Babysitters on holiday are a serious game changer. Most hotels either have their own team or out source them from reliable agencies, so it is definitely an option worth exploring.

Beach bums

I have yet to meet a child that didnt enjoy an active holiday. Weather it is cruising down ski slopes or jet skiing strapped firmly on to daddys back,children love things to do. And when in doubt, just book that beach holiday.

Chemist a go-go

The only exception to the 'Less is More' rule. In fact, the more medicines the better. From fever to fracturesbe prepared for everything.

The suite life

Budget permitting, of course, suites (or even interconnecting rooms) are the way to go. It gives you the option to catch a late night flick or a long awaited chat once the tykes doze off to la la land.

Movie it right

Movie nights are a long-standing tradition at our family holidays and more often than not, we try and make time for them. However, we also make it a point to carry along DVDs that we want to watch, so that we are not left at the mercy of the entertainment the hotels provide.

Listen

Involve thechildren whenplanning your next family holiday, or at least listen to what they have to say, for they might have interesting inputs too. My younger one once said that he was tired of travelling by plane and was ready to live in one. I have now sussed out four hotels actually housed in aeroplanes, which we are very excited about checking out soon.

Vacation for all

Just like youre hoping to catch a wee more shut eye than usual or scull an extra margarita (perhaps two), yourchildren are hoping to push their luck with extra iPad time or ice cream servings. Let them. As long as youre clear that holiday rules do not equate to home rules, you are good to go

Thewriter's coffee table book Playing in Luxuryis available exclusively onwithmandy.com

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