Recently we were asked by one of our course attendees if we had any tips for travelling with a toddler. It’s not so unusual these days for working parents to travel with their children on business trips as well as your regular family holiday. The question every parent has asked – especially when it comes to long haul flights – is how do you make travelling with a child a pleasure rather than pain?
The pain of not being prepared
I travelled solo from Sydney to London with my 18-month-old daughter a few years ago. I hadn’t had much sleep that week, especially the night before so was feeling more than a little worse for wear before we even got on the plane. Then of course throughout the two long haul flights – in fact the entire journey – my daughter didn’t sleep at all. Even though she was of normal size range she was too big for the baby beds on the plane and I had only booked one seat. The flight attendants wouldn’t allow her to sleep on the floor either due to trip hazard – not even beneath my feet. Needless to say we were both exhausted by the end of the 24 hour trip.
But don’t let this put you off. I wasn’t as prepared as I could have been and I learnt A LOT from it!
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