Our last proper holiday was to Miami at the start of 2011. Alex and I stayed in an amazing boutique hotel on South Beach, with a rooftop pool and view of the seafront. We drank loads of cocktails, went out to eat, slept in, and did plenty of nothing. In short, it was the perfect holiday. In retrospect, it was also the perfect pre-baby break as a couple of months later I was pregnant.
Six months into Eliza-time and we’ve not yet been away properly (I don’t think trips to the grandparents and a couple of staycations count, do they?) Alex has now booked a week off work in September. Herein lies the subject currently up for debate – do we go home or away, and if we venture further afield, how do we cope with a baby abroad?
So it was pretty timely to see this infographic produced from research commissioned by Jet2Holidays bout the secret to a happy and harmonious family holiday. I have to admit I’m slightly anxious about getting on a plane with a baby but I’m not alone – one in ten families surveyed in the research have yet to travel abroad on holiday for fear of it being more stressful than staying at home. I backpaked round the world by myself for a year with no problems, but going away with a baby really does seems like a whole different ball game; however, nearly a quarter of parents polled said going away isn’t actually that stressful – so there is hope!
The research also threw up some interesting tips for holidaying with children – including taking grandparents with you – which I wouldn’t have thought of. And it concluded that apparently Spain is most people’s destination of choice with children in tow, as well as taking one week instead of two.
But what’s the secret to a perfect family holiday? Apparently it’s actually finding a balance between children taking part in activities and the family spending quality time together; do you agree? I’ve taken a note for future reference…
Check out the Jet2 Holidays infographic below for more details (and a shot of Mary Poppins):