I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that when I dream about my perfect family holiday, it usually involves a tropical location abroad with white sandy beaches, clear blue waters and soaring temperatures.
The reality, however, is that the boys and I are yet to take a vacation anywhere abroad.
As a single parent, the thought of travelling across the globe with two little people in tow fills me with dread, but my hope is to take them somewhere next year when they’re both a little bit older and easier for me to manage on my own. After all, travelling with kids can be so exciting and rewarding and I want them to have the opportunity to explore as much of the world as possible. But, a holiday abroad with children takes planning and it can be overwhelming at times with the plethora of information available online and in brochures.
Thankfully, travel search engine KAYAK.co.uk has developed the handy fun-filled guide “Travelling With Kids” to help parents, like me, plan and manage a family holiday abroad better. It has been devised to provide local insight and features useful information on a variety of topics including airlines, airports, hotels and destinations. I must admit, I have found some of the guide’s contents to be a real eye opener.
For instance, I’ve always assumed that travellers would only have to pay a small fee, if any, to carry an infant on their lap during a flight, but the research conducted by KAYAK.co.uk actually found that in some cases, the cost can be up to four times that of an adult fare.
I also didn’t realise that not all airlines provide on board toys/activities or movies/games suitable for children. Clearly, some aren’t as parent-friendly as others, so I will definitely be bearing these things in mind when booking any future holidays and double-checking the policies of each airline before travelling with the boys.
Unsurprisingly, the top child-friendly destinations in the guide are Costa Brava, Mallorca and Orlando and having visited Florida and Majorca myself as a child, I would happily return to either location with Riley and Harry because there is always so much on offer for families. I was surprised however to see Iceland as a favourite European destination for families as it’s not somewhere i would have previously considered taking the boys on holiday.
There’s certainly lots to consider when travelling with kids, so if you’re looking for guidance or advice then I would highly recommend checking out the Travelling With Kids guide by KAYAK.co.uk for yourself. I guarantee it will result in less stress and anxiety, as more excitement and enjoyment for any future holiday plans.