Planning a Family Vacation with Infants


Who says you can’t go far when you have infants in your family? You can plan a foreign family vacation when you have small children; it might just require a lot more planning than you are used to with other holidays! Here are some of the things you need to consider when planning a family vacation with infants in tow.

Flights
No doubt one of the things you are dreading the most about your family vacation is the flight. Unless you are just going one country over, you are probably going to have to get on a plane for your holiday. Therefore, you should prepare yourself for the flight. 
The most important thing to do here is to give yourself enough time. From booking the flights early to ensuring you actually give yourself enough time at the airport, you want to make sure that you are doing stuff well in advance. 
When it comes to the actual flights, there are many guides to flying with your baby to make the experience a little bit better for everyone. Just remember, no matter how much your child cries or how angry another passenger gets, the flight is just going to be set amount of time you need to get through.
Accommodation
Heading away with an infant is great as it means that you might be able to stay somewhere which only offers two beds but pop your baby in a travel cot. This means that you might be able to book one of the smaller villas in your destination instead of having to fork out for a full family villa if it is just going to be the three of you.
This might be a useful tip if you are attempting to travel somewhere which might be exceptionally busy like one of the Greek islands. Villas in Santorini can be incredibly difficult to come by, especially in the summer months, and you might have to be a little inventive to get the right villa for your needs at a price which won’t break the bank. Check out some of the villas on offer here for some great 2-person options which also might let you bring along a baby: https://www.bluevillascollection.com/
One thing you will need to note about these villas is that they may not be childproof. While the company renting the villa might be happy for you to visit, you might need to be extra vigilant if your child is becoming more mobile. If this is the case, finding a more child-friendly villa should be a must.
Water
Family holidays in strange places can mean a lot of time spent out and about in different places. You need to make sure that you can keep your child fed and watered no matter where you go during your time on holiday. Even if you are staying in an all-inclusive resort, it does not hurt to head to the local supermarket to pick up a case of bottled water. Keep some in your room or kitchen if you have one available, and pop a few in your hire car. This means that you will always be able to make sure your baby is properly hydrated no matter where you might go.
Snacks
One of the harder aspects of visiting a foreign place might be food. If you are a bit of a foodie, you might want to try some of the best local cuisines on offer. However, this might not be the best food for your child to try. While some restaurants offer a child’s menu, this still might not be enough for a particularly fussy child. 
It might be better for you to bring a selection of snacks from home for your children to eat. While you could duck into the local supermarket to see what is on offer, there is a chance that they might still reject the snack if they don’t recognise them. Bring some of their favourite treats from home along in a bag. If you do, you can be certain that they are always going to have something they are happy to eat if nothing is tempting them in the place you have stopped for lunch.
Make Memories
Some people don’t want to travel with young children as they think there is no point if their children won’t remember it. However, there is such a pleasure in watching your children experience something new, even as an infant, that you should think about letting them try it out.

Start thinking about your first family holiday away. It might require more planning than your holidays used to but there is no reason why you can’t take on this challenge. Before you know it, you might be in the warm summer sun having a fantastic time with your infant. Don’t be put off, start planning your first family holiday with your infant today.

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  1. Thank you so much. We had been planning an Euro trip but our baby is just two years old and even going for a movie is Nightmare :P. Your elaborate list on " Flying with a baby" will surely help us a lot in travelling. https://www.theguardianonline.com/

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