I don’t know about you, but during what seem like endless hours of work, (not enough) sleep and never reaching the end of the to-do list, the idea of planning our next holiday fills me with excitement! Having started major building work on our house this year, the hubby and I are almost signed up to the fact that “this is the year of the house”, which could also be translated as “let’s put the holiday off until next year” – but a girl can dream right?
In my pondering state, I’ve curated the ultimate bucket list of 5 holidays for families and wanted to share them here, along with the tips I’ve learnt from holidaying with a baby on how to make family travel easier.
What I’ve learnt about travelling with a baby…
Since having Ethan 16 months ago, I’ve learnt that travelling with a baby needs thought and preparation (and a bit of your sanity). The following also help:
A decent nappy bag
Get one that’s easy to wipe clean and has tonnes of pockets for all those things you need to keep on you and find quickly, from passports to dummies and wipes for mucky hands. Avoid white as its going to get dirty quickly and try to get one with adjustable straps like the one below that can be worn as a back pack too – freeing your hands to enjoy that drink before boarding the plane!
Somewhere to store food
Nothing beats the silence achieved from handing over a snack to your little one, distracting them from the huge queue through passport control, or the long wait for your luggage. This type of tower storage pot is super handy for travelling:
A selection of their favourite toys
Try to bring a mixture of small toys with you to provide some entertainment on the flight – avoid annoying other passengers with noisy ones – remember, it’s their holiday too! You don’t need a bag full of toys but a select few that will keep them amused is really handy.
Keep your pram safe
I know, I know, if you’re anything like me, you probably spent more than you wanted to on your pram in the first place, so buying something else to put it IN may seem excessive – but really, these bags really protect your pram during transit and I can’t think of anything worse than arriving with a tired baby to find a broken pram. We’ve used our on every flight and have been grateful to find a dry, clean pram after disembarking the plane.
So now you’re all set, here’s the fun bit, where to go!
5 bucket list travel destinations for families
Family travel idea 1- A Californian road trip
Ok, so I know a “road trip” might not sound like an ideal family holiday, but in California, everything goes, and basically, it’s amazing. Plan your route to factor in the little one’s eating and sleeping time and don’t forget to hire a decent, roomy car with air conditioning and to check out these highlights:
– A day in Yosemite National Park
– A drive through Death Valley (pictured above)
– A stroll around San Francisco
– A visit to Alcatraz
– A cycle along the Golden Gate bridge and golden gate park
– A drive down the coastal Highway One
– A run around Julia Pfeiffer Burns State park
– Watching the sunset on Santa Barbara Beach
Family travel idea 2 – Rolling Tuscan hills
There’s basically nothing we don’t love about Italy. One of our best family holidays has been to Tuscany. Our top five Tuscany highlights were:
– The Dario Cechini restaurant
– The palazzo in Sienna
– Eating gelato in San Gimigano
– The view from Castelinna in Chianti museum
– Watching the sunset at La Casa di Villore (pictured above)
For more on where we stayed in Italy check out this post.
Family travel idea 3 – South of France
We talked about our itinerary around the South of France in this babymoon post. Check out the beautiful Provence hillside, the city lights of Montpellier and experience the beauty of Eze and Monaco within a week with a hire car. Oh, and don’t forget the Colline du Chateau in Nice for iconic views and the secret waterfall at its peak.
Family travel idea 4 – Ireland
Often overlooked, the Emerald Isle is such a great destination for a family holiday and with short and regular flight times from the UK. Our top picks are the cliffs of Moher for breath-taking scenery, the wild Atlantic way coastal drive and Giant’s Causeway – you can even practising surfing at Strandhill in Sligo or take a boat out to see dolphins in Kerry. Check out this post for more on what to eat and drink when you’re there.
Family travel idea 5 – Denmark
Not inexpensive, but according to many- this country is built for kids. Copenhagen is a must see, with its cool bars and restaurants. It’s also home to Tivoli, a fairy tale of a central amusement park dating back to1843.
For preteens, Legoland is a go to place, outside Billund in central Jutland.
For more inspration check out this review by suitcases and strollers.
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