On our most recent trip to Hawaii we wanted to see and do as much as we could. But at the same time, we also wanted to relax and enjoy our holiday. We were traveling and staying with another family, good friends of ours. Between us we had 4 adults and 3 little kids aged 1.5, 3 and 4.5. We opted to take things easy and gave up some of the activities we wanted to do in order to not over-schedule ourselves and the children. Letting go of the idea that we must do everything allowed us to have a much more relaxing time in Hawaii with our small kids. Here are my three tips for a relaxing vacation with kids (even if you have to give up some plans in the process).
Heading to the airport with kids? This post is for you!
At one and four years of age both my kids are already pretty experienced airplane fliers. They both had passports before they were 2 months old. Just this past year alone we have taken 4 trips by air with them (that’s 8 flights total). Of course the first step of every flight is surviving the airport with kids.
When flying internationally, we usually have to get to the airport 2-3 hours before our flight. Going through check in and security with kids and everything that comes with it – stroller, diaper bag, snacks – can be stressful. Not to mention occasional delays and missed bedtimes. It’s as important to have a plan for what to do at the airport as it is for the rest of the trip. So Part One of my Flying with kids tips is all about how to survive the airport with kids and stay sane for the flight ahead.