A couple of weeks ago I came across the Tots to Travel website. Tots to Travel are family travel specialists, with accommodation in locations including Portugal, Spain, Greece, Italy, the Canary Islands and Cyprus. At Tots to Travel, every single villa, gîte or resort, is kitted out with all of the baby equipment, and safety features you will need. From high chairs, cots and baby gates, to covered electronics and gated swimming pools – creating stress relief, less baggage and creating total peace of mind.
I always have a little (ever-growing) list in the back on my mind of places I want to go – at the moment Cuba, Iceland, Greece and Sicily are right up there. There are no strict timescales, just loose, hopeful ones. Holidays have changed significantly since having children – not for better or worse, just different. Actually, definitely better, but priorities change, and with that comes a change of expectations.
The huge positive for me about taking children on holiday is the things they notice – they notice such subtle differences, have so many questions and bring so much more enjoyment. On the flip side; holidays with children are less relaxing, can be intense at times and require more organisation and thought.
Since having children (although, happy to be proven wrong), I much prefer self catering holidays for so many reasons – no staff (I turn totally anti-social on holiday), no cleaners (something I have a weird thing about), no other guests in close proximity (I like to feel like it’s just us), privacy (so important), a place to prepare food (handy for babies especially) and somewhere to relax to night once the kids are asleep (bliss).
To me, a holiday isn’t very relaxing if loved ones are uncomfortable at night, I’m not sleeping next to Jared, or if sleep is very disturbed. Returning from a holiday more tired than when you left is no fun at all (it’s happened people)! It’s also no fun if you feel like your children aren’t safe, or if you feel like your children are disturbing other people – especially if you have an unsettled baby during your time away.
Tots to Travel love babies and rambunctious toddlers – they are not only welcomed, they are celebrated, and isn’t that just brilliant?
Where are you planning to with your family this year? I would absolutely love to know.