Today I’m delighted to introduce Sarah over at Family Travel Times. Sarah is one of my favourite UK family travellers who travel around school and full time jobsWhat is your family travel? Full-time, part-time, digital nomads etc.
We are part-time travellers as the kids are still at school and we both have jobs.
How has your travel style changed since becoming a family?
- We probably plan things more to make sure that the holiday contains something for everyone. The holidays are also less relaxing than they once were, before we had children, but that’s good and bad!
What was your baby(ie)’s first trip? Why did you chose to go there? What were the highlights/lowlights etc?
- We went to Barcelona when Jess, who’s now 15, was five months old. We had a lovely time, although she did seem to wake up each time we tried to have a meal out. It was lovely to have her with us, but we definitely did less than we were used to. We’ve come a long way since then.
What is your favourite family travel gadget and why?
- It has to be the camera as we love photos and actually print them out and put them in albums which we look at again and again.
What is your favourite family travel destination and why?
- This depends on which member of the family you ask! I love travelling in the UK and love visiting new places, whether castles or spectacular views. Jess would say Playa Blanca in Lanzarote, which is somewhere we’ve been many times, as the location is perfect for families, with so many shops, beaches, and things to do. The activities range from sunbathing and swimming in the sea to more adventurous options: visiting volcanoes, sailing, going to a cactus garden, and looking around museums are just some of the things on offer. I have never been bored in Playa Blanca, whether I’m aged 4 or 14. It’s simply a lovely place to visit.
What is the most family friendly accommodation you have ever visited?
My son Robert, aged 12, would say the Domes of Elounda resort in Crete and I would have to agree. It was a spectacular place, beautiful and very well set up for families.
Family travel bloggers can be guilty of showing only the good stuff – what is your worst family travel experience?
I’ve let Jess pick this one up as I agree! She says: The worst travel experience I can remember is a layover in Miami airport on the way to Orlando. We were rushing to our connecting flight, but the security was unbelievably slow. When we asked if we could skip some of the queue in order to catch the flight, we were met with a resounding no. Everyone at the airport seemed very bored and rude, we had to run all the way across the terminal in the hope of catching the plane, and we ended up missing it. This was certainly not fun, and not what we wanted to do after a nine hour flight!
What are your top three tips for other families who wish to travel?
- I’ll let Robert take this one as surely a child is the perfect person to give this kind of advice. He says: “Bring games, always bring swim clothes and towels and be prepared to change the schedule.”
What do you wish you had known or done before starting family travel?
- I can’t really think of anything – I just love that we get to do such exciting things as a family.
What are your future family travel plans?
- We are soon off to Canada, which we are really looking forward to. That’s our big holiday this year. Next year we’re hoping to be outdoorsy and stay in the Austrian mountains. And I’m sure there will be more, including lots of days out too.
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