There are so many firsts to treasure with your new baby – Christmas, Birthdays, food, smiles. One of the firsts I was most looking forward to was taking baby on her first holiday! But where is the perfect destination for baby’s first holiday. Here are my family and some other family travel bloggers favourite places to go for Baby’s first Winter holiday. So whether you want some Winter sun or Winter now we have you covered with some great global suggestions for baby’s first holiday ideas – a month by month winter destination guide. Continue reading Baby’s First Winter Holiday Ideas
There are so many firsts to treasure with your new baby – Christmas, Birthdays, food, smiles. One of the firsts I was most looking forward to was taking baby on her first autumn holiday! But where is the perfect destination for baby’s first holiday? Here are my family and some other family travel bloggers favourite places to go for Baby’s first autumn holiday. So whether you want city breaks, beach breaks, European holidays, cruises or something more exotic we have you covered with some great global suggestions for baby’s first holiday ideas – a month by month autumn destination guide Continue reading Baby’s First Holiday Autumn Ideas
Last week I read this article – the science why you shouldn’t take your children on foreign holidays! It really irked me on the first read but the more I have thought about it and on second read it has annoyed me even more! So I wanted to pen a response to why I think you should take your children on foreign holidays. But first I’m going to dissect why this article really irritated me.
The title! The title states – the science behind why you shouldn’t take your child on foreign holidays! So what scientific research has been conducted to generate this article. NONE! This piece admittedly was written by Oliver James, a UK based child psychologist! However the evidence put forth in this article seems purely anecdotal with little empirical basis beyond his own family who took nine years of holidays to Cornwall before going to France! It seems his children hated France and therein lies the science why you shouldn’t take your children on foreign holidays! This is not science! I am sure there are many factors why this was the holiday his children didn’t like, not simply because it was the one foreign holiday they took! How can an trained, professional psychologist make such an outrageous claim with no empirical evidence to support it!
For James, what children need is familiar and unadventurous holidays! This to him means repetition, reasonably warm and ice cream nearby! Why – because apparently until children hit near teens they are completely unequipped to deal with foreign travel! From my limited experience of travelling with my one year old and from experiences of people around me, I have only seen positive effects of travel!
Admittedly not all of our travel experiences have been successful but without doubt our worst experience was a UK based holiday! Not because it was a ‘home’ holiday but because he accommodation was not what it billed to be! Does this mean I should tell people not to do uk travel – of course not that would be as absurd as James claim that foreign travel is bad for children!
Now, surprisingly given the title of my article I am not advocating for only foreign travel. I actually thing that any travel, be it a day out with the family to a country park, or a 2 week holiday in the sun is beneficial to children and even more importantly the quality time families spend together!
But for me, and I think many others, foreign travel with children is something they cherish!
I recently wrote about why we have and we will continue to travel with our baby ! And I stand by them! I love travelling with out baby – in fact the whole ethos of our blog is inspiring other parents to travel with babies! Now do I believe travelling stays the same when you have babies – absolutely not! And it would be selfish to think it could but it can be adapted. We travel at a much slower pace! And in fact we love this new slower pace.
We also as I am sure James will be happy to know, keep a structure to our travel days to make sure baby enjoys our travel too! We also make sure we plan activities and meals that we know our baby will love. It takes a bit more research but is well worth it! Also I want my daughter to grow up with a curious, accepting and flexible soul! Foreign travel can certaintly encourage this!
If you are an expat like us, travel is the only way in which we can connect with and let our baby bond with family!
I think all these reasons show why – if you want to, you should take foreign holidays with children and not feel guilty about it!
So in future Daily Telegraph – if you are going to publish “scientific” articles make sure there is empirical, peer reviewed science actually in them! And perhaps accept that holidays, whether day trips at home, holidays in the U.K. and/or foreign travel can all be beneficial to children if you do them right!
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When the Maldives springs to mind you can’t help but think honeymooners. Therefore when we were looking to book a family friendly Maldives trip we knew we needed to find the perfect family friendly accommodation. We decided to try Bandos island Maldives Resort because it looked like a family friendly Maldives experience but did it meet our expectations? Continue reading Bandos Resort Maldives – a perfect Maldives experience for families?
The Maldives is thought of as the ultimate honeymoon destination! So that being said it’s not the first place you think Of as a family friendly let alone baby friendly destination. But yet we decided as it’s only a four hour flight away from Doha that it would be a perfect short getaway so here are our top tips and recommendations for doing the Maldives with a baby! Continue reading Maldives with a baby – our 5 top tips and recommendations
The biggest question many parents have when going on vacation with their baby is whether to take a carrier or a stroller! Lots of people have very strong opinions when ti comes to carrier or stroller but here is our break down of what we think is best and why! Continue reading Carrier or Stroller? The great baby travel debate!
There’s always that moment before you go on a trip where you wonder if you have misjudged your plans – this is even more true when you are traveling as a family. I remember sitting on the plane before doing our big med trip last year and wondering if it was going to be as successful as we hoped. I’ll admit there were some hiccups along the way – I’m looking at you earthquake – but our trip in particular our experience in Rome inspired us in our future travels (you can read about our big trip planning here). So here is a low down of places we’ve been and how they have inspired us for future travel with our baby contrary to what people have told us! Continue reading Five places that have inspired our future family travel plans
Dubai, I have found on the whole is a marmite kind of place – you either love it or you hate it! It’s a pretty showy place and every time I have been I have stayed on the palm! So this time we wanted something a little different so we booked ourselves into the Bab al Shams desert resort and spa! Meaning gateway to the sun, we were hoping for something special from our stay at the desert resort – Bab al Shams! Continue reading Seeing a different side to Dubai – Bab al Shams Desert Resort