Flying with Children

(written in collaboration with Travelstart)

It’s that time of the year again. As soon as we hit October, it’s like the 3 months just fly by and suddenly it’s Christmas! We start thinking about days at the beach, taking the kids out and about, budget friendly outings in January, annual leave and holidays.

For us, we look at budget friendly outings all the time and spending loads of time at the beach. One day, I want to take my kids on a proper holiday though. One where they get to go to an airport, get on a plane, experience the wonder and joy of being surrounded by clouds and looking down at the city they know. I’ve only ever been on an airplane once in my life, when I was 8 years old. It was to Durban and I was thrilled. I remember the excitement of walking onto the plane, looking out the window, I must have had stars in my eyes. I remember my aunt packed an amazing book for me with little cutouts that you moved around and changed the story. It was the best holiday of my life.

I want my kids to experience that kind of joy at least once in their life. I would love to do Mauritius with them one day. Or island hopping in Thailand, maybe an icy adventure in Austria, or a trip to Disneyland in the USA. I’d even settle with taking them to Sun City or uShaka Marine World. In my 37 years on this planet, I haven’t even been to those places.

My boys are boisterous and loud. So being cooped up in an airplane with them for however many hours, scares me. What will the other passengers say? How many times will we disturb the other passengers going up and down to the loo? How will I make sure Harper doesn’t scream the place down?

I know these are probably most parents’ worries and there are tips and tricks for dealing with these worries. Luckily, Travelstart has shared these 10 tips for flying with children.

For someone that hasn’t flown with children before, these are really helpful. Numbers 2, 5 and 7 will be especially helpful to me. You know your kids and what will and won’t work for them. I honestly can’t wait to take our kids on an adventure, whether it be local or international.

If you could travel anywhere in the world with your kids, where would you go?

Do you have any other tips and tricks to share?

This post was done in collaboration with Travelstart, however the views expressed in this article are my own, unless otherwise specified.