Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hervey Bay Revisited

In two weeks time we will be taking our sprites on their first ever overseas trip.  I am apprehensive.  Okay, so it's a four hour flight, and Australia is pretty much New Zealand anyway, but I'm nervous about it anyway.  You know.  Two kids (and surely babies and toddlers have got to be amongst the trickiest of traveling companions, am I right?!), a different country.  Ug.


Last time Zan and I traveled to Hervey Bay, I was about 16 weeks pregnant with Eleanor.  We were all wrapped up in each other, giddy with excitement about becoming parents, and of course, we were still (just) entirely responsibility free.  Wow, it seems like we took that trip a very long time ago.


It's a beautiful place, and I'm sure we will have a lovely holiday - but I can't help but feel just a tiny bit afraid.  Any tips for surviving a family holiday overseas with wee ones in tow?

7 comments:

  1. No advice here, sorry. I struggle to even take them all on day trips : (
    Those photos are all very lovely though - so young and carefree, aye? Funny how quickly it changes! I'm sure this holiday will be just as lovely (and produce just as lovely photos!), but in a bit of a different way : )

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  2. Oh how sweet to reminise on those child free days (as much as we our littles!)
    I'm sure you guys will have a lovely holiday! I haven't be overseas with kids, but I imagine packing lots of snacks would be the first thing on my list...I'll be taking tips from you when you get home!
    x

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  3. i love that dress stell! looks super beautiful. cute pics x

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  4. We love Hervey Bay, it's where the movie we were extras in was shot.
    Kaizer is the only one of our lot who has been on a plane at such a young age and I actually found the flight a lot easier than anticipated...he pretty much sleeps all the way. I am assuming there will be a fairly long drive ahead from the airport? Lots of snack/drinks and activities and regular stops along the way have always helped us on road trips.
    Have fun, can't wait to read all about it.
    x

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  5. ooh exciting...(okay, and a little bit daunting!)...i put in a bit of planetime when my son was wee. My main thing was making sure his ears were okay on takeoff and landing...timed the boob. Comfort thing too. Rescue remedy (i figured i could always take it!), Taking the magic rainbow blankie and familiar critter/s from home, always books (we are big on those) ,lots of interesting (but good) food helps, i'd always pack a wee bag of activities for him, but save some surprises he hadn't seen before in my cabin bag. Thats a good trick. Novelty can be a sanity saver.
    Sparkle stories on CD or ipod - enough for many hours. Sparklestories.com...beautiful stories created by a homeschooling family on themes that the littlies just adore. Recently discovered headphones plugged into portable keyboard for my budding musician in the back seat on long road trips...he can rock out all he likes then! Here's a link to a blog post i wrote about travelling with smalls while back: http://growmama.blogspot.co.nz/2011/09/travelling.html
    and good luck out there, it'll be awesome. On the whole, it always is. xx

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  6. I totally understand your apprehension. This past summer we did a similar holiday with a two and four year old - our first big trip. My partner was so excited, and I, well I was not! I actually just wanted to stay at home in the end - to save all the hassle!!! We had the best holiday ever. My advice - try to stick to your normal kid routine. For us that meant regular snacks, meals and sleeps. We got up (early of course) each day and walked to the beach. The kids were so entertained there that we (adults) had oodles of time for reading, resting, talking and snuggling. We would come home for lunch/rests and then spend our afternoons doing something fun like swimming, collecting bugs, kayak... We all plopped into bed early each night and awoke ready for another day of restful family bliss. Best and most restful holiday I have ever had. I spent hours preparing packs of goodies to keep them entertained and came home with most of them unopened. I recommend avoiding shops and using nature and the bountiful energy/curiosity of the children to keep them (and you) entertained. Enjoy your trip.

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  7. In addition to my post above (Anonymous July 26) I wanted to add a wee bit about airports and plane rides. They are quite fascinating places themselves and a 2:1 ratio as you, and we had, is perfect. Get there early - really early. Much less stress that way - for everyone. We found a corner in the airport where one of us set up camp and the other took turns to walk, run, chase and go on adventures with the kids (one or both). We set times to be back so we could swap duties. On the plan we took books with cd's (borrowed from library) and some headphones, pens, stickers (Usborne do a fab sticker book about airports so as you move through each area you can complete the different pages). Lots of food and some good treats like Helatheries lollypops (the BIGGEST you can find) that can induce a sit down 5 mins of golden silence for emergencies :) The other thing that worked really well was a pencil sharpener with an empty yoghurt pot for collecting the shavings.

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