Once you have kids, travel becomes a whole different ballgame. Fancy cocktail bars and intrepid adventures are replaced by family-friendly restaurants and paddling pools, bedtime moves forward about four hours and you become precisely 76 times more likely to forget to pack an essential item. Adulting: ain’t it grand? If you need help embracing this new era of travel, look no further than our handy tips below.
First of all, you need to wave goodbye to spontaneity, replacing spur of the moment decisions with precision planning. If you’re thinking of maintaining your pre-kid travel strategy of arriving at your destination sans accommodation and roaming the streets until you find a vacancy, we implore you to think again. No matter what age your kids are, the right kind of accommodation is crucial. Forego single-space hotel rooms in favour of self-contained apartments, which provide everyone room to move, increased chances of sleeping in and the option to make toast for those who haven’t yet discovered the glory of eggs benedict. As an aside, did you know you can organise a pre-stocked pantry whenever you stay in an Adina Apartment Hotel? Well, now you do. How handy.
Pack hand sanitizer. Lots of it. Kids love to touch things and put them in their mouths, a past time which is both natural and highly amusing but can quickly become hazardous in new and unpredictable environments. The dog poo laden streets of Paris for example, or trendy Melbourne laneways on bin day.
On the subject of food, questionable purchases from traditional road-side stalls are discouraged when you’re travelling with your offspring. Sure, the jiaozi might smell delicious now but if they’re not well tolerated and make an involuntary reappearance in of couple of hours’ time, will it still have been a good idea?
Accept that all your kids really want to do is swim in a hotel pool. Chances are they don’t care about the artistic and cultural drawcards of your destination at all and if left to their own devices will happily submerge themselves in the water all day long, emerging near dinner time slightly sunburnt and incredibly wrinkled. The sooner you accept this, the sooner you can start searching for hotel with pools with an adjoining spa and comfy chairs to recline in. Doesn’t sound half bad now, does it? Double points for pools that are under cover - no sunburn equals a happy parent.
When it comes to packing, save space by choosing just one of your child’s favourite toys. You can always find other entertainment along the way – window seats, I Spy and your smart phone included – and, if you stay in one of our Adina Apartment Hotels, we’ll happily provide you with toy boxes and activity packs.
Encourage record keeping, whether it’s through photos, drawings or a travel journal. As well as keeping the kids entertained and engaged, it will give you something to look back on fondly in the years ahead. Trust us, you’ll be surprised how sentimental an out-of-focus shot of an ant on a footpath can become.