My sister Michelle is one clever little coconut, and over the last 12 months has been quietly working away on building her own travel website, Where To Tomorrow. The website is a personal account of travel, with anecdotes and the types of handy hints you won't find on other travel sites, such as 'how to travel with friends and stay friends' and my personal fave, 'how to maximise your time inflight.' Here's an excerpt:
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Here’s 10 top tips for travelling with your beloved offspring. And remember, if all else fails – do keep your return flight flexible…
Tip #1. Lower your expectations.
The word ‘relax’ and ‘children’ are a juxtaposition at the best of times. Accept before you leave home that you will not be lying poolside with a cocktail at sunset. In fact, you may not even seea sunset.
Tip #2. Ensure there is a Kids Club.
Folks, don’t leave home without it. When choosing your resort holiday, ensure it has a kids club. The kids will love it. You’ll love it. Its win win for all concerned.
Tip #3. Packing light does not apply to children.
At 2am, with the entire family crammed into one small hotel room and paper-thin walls between you and your neighbours either side… now is not the time to realise you left the spare dummy at home. The one you DID bring, you realise, was left on the plane. Now is not necessarily the most convenient time to try out controlled-crying.
Tip #4. You can never have enough snacks.
Children + snacks = time. When you spend 2 hours in the hot midday sun lined up outside the Lourve with your tiny beloved crammed into a hired stroller, you’ll see what I mean. Bring snacks. And plenty of them.
Tip #5. Be prepared to spend a lot of time in your hotel room.
We went to Tasmania for a week when our baby was 4 months old. Stayed right in the capital, where all the good restaurants are. Know how many restaurants we frequented come nightfall?
You guessed it.
Takeaway or room service. Your only options, unless you are a sadist. Enjoy your restaurant experience at lunch time.