How to do it

Travel tips: surviving a family holiday

When it comes to the most nerve-racking flight of my life, there can be only one serious contender – not the journeys in little prop planes, not the one before my first solo adventure, not even the trip when we hit turbulence.

Small child paddles in the sea against a blue sky - tips on surviving a family holiday

Instead, it was the first flight I took with my daughter, aged all of three months. After months of being told you can’t travel with a baby (and I think we’ve proved that wrong now), worry over whether I’d forgotten something essential and new parent nerves, I hardly knew what to expect.

In the end, she slept for most of it and we coped even with a short delay: it proved the first of many successes. Since then I’ve come across more tips on travelling with babies and kids, and have plenty of my own to add – all reassuring travel-loving parents that while you might need to do a bit more planning and adjust a few attitudes, you can most definitely do this.

Even though flying with a four-year-old is a whole lot easier than a newborn, I’m always on the lookout for new tips, especially with another loooooooong long-haul flight lined up this year to Cambodia. Helpfully, MyVoucherCodes and Thomson have put their heads together to create a new video with advice just in time for the summer holidays.

And because there’s far more to a holiday than just the journey, there’s also advice on getting the most out of your hotel, making your travel money go further, and tips on days out. Spoiler: watch out for the budgeting tips at the end.

My top tip? Plan, plan, plan – with a back-up plan for all eventualities, including ways to beat boredom. And then because life and babies rarely go quite according to plan, be prepared to ditch it. Oh, and you can never have too many snacks. Or wet wipes. And that’s just for me…

Accommodation can make all the difference when you’re travelling with kids – far more than just a place to sleep, it’s worth thinking about the space you’ll have (especially after bedtime), the facilities from baby equipment to kids clubs and food, as well as how easy it is to explore from your base.

When your kids are out of nappies, a knowledge of where the public toilets are can come in very handy. I have an app called Flush on my phone which has saved me some stress on quite a few occasions.

Check out some of my travel checklists to make family travel easier

What’s your top tip for travelling with kids? Let me know below, or you can share on Twitter using #MVCxThomson and Facebook.

Compiled in association with MyVoucherCodes*

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