How to turn traveling with babies into a (almost) stress free experience

Have you ever been on a plane with a lot of wining babies and thought to yourself “Oh my God! Why are these parents causing such stress to their kids? Can´t they just stay home?” .. Well if you did, rethink. First of all, you were once a kid as well, and you might not have been on a plane at an early age, but you most certainly drove your parents and everyone else crazy, at least once, in public. Did “they” cause you such a stress? Did your parents cause you the stress? Nope, they didn´t You were just a kid.

Traveling with kids is a topic surrounded by a lot of mixed feelings, and surprisingly enough, people without kids seem to “know better what´s best for your child”… Seriously? I never thought I would ever say this, but those who don´t have children should think twice before sharing their opinions about parenting. By that I am not trying to say that they are not entitled to an opinion, I am just trying to say that they should mind their own business if not asked. So.. having said that, traveling with kids doesn´t always have to be stressful, it does depend on the kid for sure, but it mostly depends on the type of parent you are.

The very first and essential golden rule is to KEEP CALM. In other words, just chill. Stress is usually passed onto a baby / toddler, so the more stressed out you are, the more stressed out your child will be. This is not a doctor´s opinion, but I really speak out of experience: every time I freak out about something, my one year old son freaks out too. I learnt that a good aura can easily be passed on as well, so if he cries I try to calm him down by being calm myself.

The second golden rule is to be prepared for (almost) all eventualities. So try to be prepared for situations such as sudden hunger, dirty diapers, dirty clothes, playtime, nap time and so on, and definitely have one or the other medication in your bag (after consulting a doctor of course, I usually have a nose spray and pain killers), you can never know when this will come in handy. Whilst you can’t be prepared for all possible situations , it is always a good idea to have the basics right next to you whether you are traveling by car, plane or train.

View from our window seat on our flight to Porto – October 2019

The third and last golden rule I have set to myself is to put my child first. If your child starts crying it is probably because something is wrong, so stop worrying about what the people around you think, feel or want and be selfish: put the wellbeing of your child first and shut the rest of the world out. I know this might be hard at first but trust me, it will get easier, and your kid will be very thankful. Turn traveling into an exciting experience for him/her and you will definitely be rewarded with a lot of love and a heartedly felt smile!

If you also have some comments, or ideas on how to make traveling with kids easier, just drop me a message!

Cheers x

Why you should stop booking bed and breakfast

Hi there!

Nice to see you back on my site! Hope you are doing fine!

It`s Sunday and I just had a long, relaxing breakfast with my hubby and our baby boy, Liam (though he was just pretty much watching us eat) . We often sit together and plan what to do on our free days, or on holidays..we spend time looking through destinations to travel to, and possible hotels we can book. To be very honest, I have always been a fan of booking breakfast in advance regardless of where we go…I always thought there is nothing more comfortable then waking up and walking straight to the hotel restaurant and get my latte as quickly as possible. Well, I recently found out how much I have missed out on during my travels due to this (bad?) habit of mine..a habit I should break, at least when it comes to city trips.

We travelled to The Hague (Netherlands) back in August, booked a comfy room at the Hilton Hotel in downtown, but forgot to book breakfast to it. Once we arrived, the concierge told us there would be no problem at all in adding the extra service to our room for the usual charge..At this point I was very tempted to say “sure, do it”.. but something held me back and I told my husband: “let´s just do it differently this time”. And what a great idea it turned out to be!

Before I go on, you have to know that The Hague is a nice town located directly on the western coast of the Netherlands. It is small enough for you to be able to walk to most of the attractions (if you are staying in the city centre), yet big enough for it to offer a large variety of restaurants and shops. We didn´t know much about the city before visiting, but we found our way around straight away. Bear in mind, I was 8 months pregnant at the time, so I was not as fit as I am now, but I still took great long walks.

Binnenhof – Den Haag

During our evening “explorer´s walk”, we couldn’t´t help but notice the many bistros and cafes the city has, and were relieved that we did not book breakfast after all; The Hague has a really good culinary variety to offer!

While walking we came across what just a few hours later would be our breakfast place. It is called “Walter Benedict” and I can heartedly recommend it! Not only the Menu is perfect to match all types of taste, also the interior (a mixture of industrial and rustical) is so well done, you can´t help but feel home! Being pregnant I could unfortunately not eat most of my favourite dishes (poached eggs are one of the many for instance), yet I got adviced really well by the waitress and I have totally enjoyed our meal. I got my capuccino and was very happy they had decaf (I did not drink coffeine throughout my pregnancy). We got fresh juice as well, and have one amazing time. The entire staff spoke english and everyone was extremely nice to us.

After this amazing meal we took a walk to our hotel, and I couldn’t help but think how good of an idea it was not to book breakfast at the hotel.

First of all, the price of our meal would´ve been much higher. Most 5 and 4 star hotels charge you about 20EUR per person for breakfast (some hotel charge as much as 40EUR!); true.. you do get a really big variety of food to choose from, but let´s be honest.. You will not try everything out, will you? Such breakfasts make sense if you are somewhere in a beach resort, or in the mountains, far away from the metropolitan life.

If you are on a city trip you should just get out and enjoy a beautiful breakfast somewhere in the city instead. This way you get a taste of the local life and make the best use of your time. Don´t be scared not to find your way, just use Google Maps (or do it old school, with a paper city map, I love those too!), Tripadvisor, and your good sense, or just ask locals and your hotel concierge for good advice, they know their town best after all!

Also, if you are in The Hague, make sure to visit Walter Benedict, a pretty bistro in a pretty city!

I wish you all a lovely Sunday and do not hesitate to share your thoughts with me, especially if you know of some child-friendly cities we could visit in the near future !

Pete

xx