Travelling with kids. Yeah.. that!
So, we just travelled to Majorca. It was amazing, but, it was also insanely tough! This was our first 'holiday' as a family of four and the first time that we have had a beach holiday since becoming parents three years ago (our previous trips have been to California to visit friends, so had more of a home from home vibe.) We went away with friends and we decided on a villa because none of us could face the hell of keeping four small humans alive in a holiday resort. BEST DECISION EVER!
Our worst decision ever was travelling with a low cost airline. The plane just got lighter and lighter as cans were sunk two at a time, screaming kids, rowdy parents, hen do's.. you get the idea! And I hate myself for saying that; times have changed and I'm submitting to old age! The return flight was even worse because the airline messed up and we almost missed our flight- not ideal with four small humans under three at 10pm. A week later and I can still hear the ringing of my friends banshee yell in my ears 'Stoppppppppp the plane!!'
I need a holiday after the holiday.
The reality of travelling with kids is that it's just not what it used to be. In many ways it's so much richer than before. Making memories with the boys was amazing; watching them have so much fun and spending time showing them new things. The thing is, my brain is still wired to think of a holiday as a time to tan, read and relax. The reality is really quite different. I did get a tan, I did read a book but it was laboured and, well, I'm not sure that I even know how to spell the world relax anymore!
So here are some top holiday tips for those brave enough to travel with small humans:
1. F&F do the greatest shapewear bikinis... I felt amazing (which I really didn't think I would).
2. Don't be fooled by big brands with fancys ads, Aldi sun cream is not only cheap but it has one of the best UV star ratings, we loved it!
3. I can't recommend the UV protection swim tops and hats from Decathalon UK enough, the boys looked super cool but were also super protected.
4. If you want a good book then you must read 'Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine' by Gail Honeyman. I read it at every opportunity, it lived up to the reviews and is a total steal on Amazon at the moment.
5. My holy grail, must have, top tip... ALWAYS take spf lip balm! I hate burning my lips! This year I bought the EOS spf30 grapefruit lip balm. It was beaut, tasted yummy, was smooth and my lips didn't burn at all.