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5 Travel Lessons 2013 Taught Me

  1. Travelling with babies is a strange blend of fun, anxiety and tearing your hair out.  However from aged 2 onwards it gets easier.  Of course a few challenges remain (not sure why my 2yo insistent on playing with hotel plug sockets) but overall a vacation becomes more like a vacation.

    Flying with kids gets a lot easier from 2yo

    Flying with kids gets a lot easier from 2yo

  2. Kids AND adults need downtime when away.  Don’t overload your kids with a jampacked itinerary. They’ll thank you for that late afternoon swim back at the hotel and you’ll thank yourself when you’re guzzling G&Ts as they merrily watch Peppa Pig.
  3. It’s hard to feed them as healthily as you do when you’re at home.  Kids menus are full of chips, chips and more chips.  Don’t let it stress you out – just go with it.

    Hard to stay healthy with breakfasts like this!

    Hard to stay healthy with breakfasts like this!

  4. Don’t forget vacations are there to help you unwind and relax too – an activity that can be difficult if you’re travelling with young kids.  Help yourself by getting a break whether that’s sticking the kids in a kids club for a few hours, hiring a babysitter, bring your nanny/grandparents away with you or taking it in turns to have an ‘hour off’ between you and your partner.
  5. If your trips don’t run like clockwork, don’t fret.  You can’t plan on things like a supertyphoon stopping your flights back home or getting ill on vacation.  You can help yourself in buying a decent travel insurance and packing a good medical kit.  Beyond that, just go with it.

    Tried to see the funny side of a chinese sleeper train

    Tried to see the funny side of a chinese sleeper train


What lessons have you learned through your travels in 2013?

2 comments

  1. The GypsyNesters

    #5 is perhaps most important. Things sometimes go wrong or change, we have to be able to adapt, ideally without losing our cool. It’s a lesson I must tell myself almost every time we fly these days.

  2. Ashley @ Power, Love, and Self-Discipline

    I learned that it’s inevitable that I will get sick when I travel! But perhaps the most important thing to me when traveling is to pack my own snacks so I don’t have to rely on airports, etc.

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