Help! I need somebody (on my travels)

I am a worrier. I try to convince myself that planning for all eventualities is simply common sense when you travel with kids but it could well be a huge waste of energy.

Especially because none of us travels in isolation. I’ve fretted that anything less than perfect behaviour from Minnie on a plane could bring out the worst in people, but in reality most travellers are much lovelier than we give them credit for.

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When faced with a woman travelling with a small child and lots of luggage, most people don’t curse and snarl, they offer to help. I’ve had buggies and bags carried up and down stairs, I’ve had kind-hearted strangers hold and entertain Minnie as I wrestle with X-ray machines and overhead lockers. Continue reading

Thursday Travel Treat: Provincetown, USA

On November 11, 1620, the Mayflower anchored at Provincetown Harbor. There’s plenty of debate about when the first Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth Colony but it seems the appropriate subject of today’s #thursdaytraveltreat on Instagram.

In honour of #thanksgiving, today's #thursdaytraveltreat comes from #provincetown in #massachusetts part of the original #plymouth #colony where the first celebration took place. #ptown #harbour #boats #capecod #usa #pilgrims #latergram

One of my last pre-pregnancy trips, I visited the Cape Cod harbour town along with Boston and Philadelphia in 2011. The sun was still shining in October as we took a dune tour, wandered the unfeasibly picturesque streets, climbed the tower and ate saltwater taffy and lobster.

Time your visit right and you can take a ferry straight from Boston, which has to be the most enjoyable way to travel there (and often them quickest).

As ever, do join in on Instagram with your own travel treats and link below.

 

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Reviewed: Lonely Planet Kids Adventures in… sticker books

It’s just days to our next flight, which means I’m doing my usual trick of frantically buying all kinds of things which are lightweight enough for hand luggage and exciting/interesting enough to entertain Minnie on the plane.

So far I’ve got crafts, books, new apps, new downloads, colouring and – of course – new stickers.

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Tongue out in concentration…

But as well as raiding my cache of trusty Usborne versions, I’ve been sent the new Lonely Planet Kids Adventures in… sticker books. Continue reading

Teddy Rescue – finding lost toys on trains

One family holiday in France, we stopped off briefly en route to our campsite for lunch and a break. When we arrived hours later, I discovered one of my beloved toys was missing.

Presumed fallen from the car at our stop, I was distraught. I remember sobbing my little heart out, and later discovered my dad had actually driven all the way back to the stopping point to see if it was still there (Thanks Dad…).

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Sadly not. And while I’ve got over the loss, a few decades later, I remember how heart-breaking it is for children to lose a toy. I live in fear of Minnie being parted from one of hers as we have no back-ups… Continue reading

Travel essential: the inflatable booster seat

Hurrah, I thought, as Minnie ditched her nappies for the potty – so much less paraphernalia to carry around in our suitcase. I’m starting to suspect that’s far from true.

As well as a travel potty, a portable toilet seat, some pull-ups for travel plus ordinary nappies for night, I’ve realised we need to start rethinking meal times. Or more precisely, seating at meal times.

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As Minnie’s relatively skinny and still only 28 months, she’ll normally fit into a highchair and is fairly content to stay put there. But after going out for lunch with a friend, where the only highchairs had (perfectly reasonably) got younger babies in, she could barely see her plate. Time for a booster seat. Continue reading