Travelling as a family is a fantastic experience. Sure, taking a baby along isn’t the easiest thing. But, it’s doable and well worth the effort. In fact, a family travel bucket list should be a priority. As well as giving you a chance to spend time in the sun, travel is a fantastic way to introduce your little one to new cultures, and the process of flying.
But, it isn’t always easy to know what destinations should be on your list. Some areas are obviously unsuitable for children. You wouldn’t take a baby to an unsafe country, for example. We’ve already spoken about the benefits of Tenerife for families, but where else would your baby be happy? To help you decide, we’re going to look at a few of the considerations you should take into account.
The length of the flight
As much as you want to get your kid’s used to flying, a long-haul flight may not have the desired effect. Being stuck on a plane can be distressing for a baby, especially if the flight takes 20 hours. Not to mention that trying to cope with your baby on a plane for that amount of time will drive you crazy. Don’t do it to yourself! Leave that Australian trip of a lifetime for when they’ve grown up and left home.
Instead, consider destinations which are quick to get to. Luckily, there are plenty to choose from. And, keeping it closer to home doesn’t mean you can’t get a little exotic. There are plenty of cheap flights to Barcelona which can get you to one the world’s most iconic cultural cities in less than two hours. The same can be said for the majority of Spain, so take your pick. You could even reach a historical country like Rome in under 2 and a half hours. Set a time limit, preferably no longer than three hours, and research your options.
Stuff to do
Even a short flight time won’t help you if there’s nothing to do. The good news is, most destinations are child-friendly. The main thing you need to focus on is the hotel you book into. If you opt for a family hotel, you can guarantee they’ll have entertainment and kids clubs. Aside from that, consider whether there are beaches and activities your baby would enjoy. Areas which are bright and stimulating are always your best bet. And, you can’t go wrong with a theme park or zoo!
What about food?
And, of course, there’s the issue of food. Any parent knows the worry that there just won’t be anything for your baby to eat. After all, some cultures wouldn’t recognise a chicken nugget. Again, you can solve this issue by choosing the right hotel. A family option is sure to offer standards such as hot dogs and pizza. It may also be worth doing some research into local cuisine. If the dishes look too exotic, it may be best to stay away for a few years.