With baby number three on the way, we have had to postpone our family holiday and put our Florida plans on the backburner until until next year, but that doesn’t stop me browsing several travel sites every day. A girl can still daydream…
Our five year old has recently expressed a keen interest in going to Portugal. I’ve actually got no idea why, though I wonder if it’s something to do with Cristiano Ronaldo. If it is, I hope Rowan isn’t expecting to see him when we get there!
Rowan hasn’t ever been on an aeroplane; we often holiday here in the UK because the children are still quite young and we like to be able to take our dog Betsy with us if we can. But as I say, we are planning on going to Florida next year. The children will be nine yrs, six yrs and nine months old. I’m sure it’ll be a breeze(!) but I am wondering if we should take a short haul holiday first. It’s a long way to America with small people who haven’t flown before, and having flown to Barbados when Louis was just turned one year old, I know that keeping them occupied for that length of time is not the easiest of tasks!
I’ve been having a scout around and I think the best option for us would be to go to a hotel rather than staying in a villa. That way I can concentrate on the children and don’t have to worry about cooking or cleaning. That, plus the fact that it’s my holiday too!
I managed to come up with 4 nights in Portugal, half board for the four of us in May for around £900. That’s pretty good going if you ask me, and actually the rooms are suitable for up to two cots to be added in as well so it would still be perfect for us once the baby arrives.
I sourced the flights through Skyscanner who I always find to be great value, and as I was looking for something suitable more for the kids than the adults I opted for Monte da Quinta in the Algarve, via Tots to Travel. They only represent properties that are suitable for youngsters so you know that wherever you stay the little ones will be catered for and that makes your holiday far less stressful, right? If your children are older, or hotels aren’t your scene, they also have a brilliant range of villas with families in mind so you can stay in a place that suits you best.
Have you flown with little ones? I’d love to hear your top tips if you have some!