South African media personality and mom to three children, Jo-Ann Strauss, shares ten tips to help keep your kids happy while traveling.
International travel with kids may seem daunting for some – especially those mums and dads who have never gotten on a plane with their little ones, and even more so when it’s a long distance trip.
Well-known South African media personality, business owner and mom to three children, Jo-Ann Strauss, is someone who travels with her little ones a lot. Jo-Ann recently spent a week at the luxurious Club Med La Plantation d’Albion resort in Mauritius and another week between the family-friendly Club Med Les Arcs Panorama and Grand Massif Samoens Morillon snow resorts in the French Alps with her husband and three children.
“Thinking of traveling with kids? It’s actually a great idea, but only if you have the right mindset and are well-prepared,” says Jo-Ann.
In one of her Instagram posts during her snow holiday, Jo-Ann noted “Initially the idea of traveling to ski with three kids aged 4 and under sounded like anything but a holiday, but it has been just that and so much more. Watching our boy learning to navigate the slopes like a pro and watching how each of them thoroughly enjoyed Club Med’s kids clubs was amazing. There is a baby club from 4 months, kids club for 2-3 year olds and from 4 years, they learn to ski!” –
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Initially the idea of traveling to ski with three kids aged 4 and under sounded like anything but a holiday, but it has been just that and so much more. Watching our boy learning to navigate the slopes like a pro and watching how each of them thoroughly enjoyed their kids clubs was amazing. There is a baby club from 4 months, kids club for 2-3 year olds and from 4 years, they learn to ski 😍 any one thinking of taking their kids skiing? #familieswhotravel #familyhotels #ClubMedSA #modernmommy @clubmedgrandmassifsamoens @clubmedarcspanorama @clubmed #frenchalps #beautifulhotels #mountainadventures #familyfirst
One way to ensure travelling with kids is a smooth and memorable experience is to holiday at an all-inclusive Club Med resort, which, as Jo-Ann notes, includes kids clubs for children of various ages.
Here are a few more really handy tips from Jo-Ann for those wanting to travel with kids.
– Don’t expect your trips to be like your past trips. It will be different, but memorable in a different way.
– Mentally prepare and set your expectations lower. If you expect not to sleep on a flight, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to catch an hour or 4 of shut-eye.
– Get all your documentation ready and in a plastic waterproof folder. Accidents happen with bottles and leaks.
– Plan your carry-on luggage cleverly. You might have delays. Make sure you can handle your carry-on and kids and remember some airports are huge and might require running.
– Take some dry snacks and some cheap new toys for distraction.
– There are volume-limited earphones for kids and will help to protect their ears from over-zealous inflight entertainment.
– Kids cry. Adults snore. Don’t let a mean person stare you or your crying kid down. He/she was a baby once too.
– Check luggage limitations and plan accordingly.
– Pack a smile and patience and remember – they are only small for a while.
– Drink one glass of bubbles or wine if you need to calm your own nerves. Kids can sense your anxiety and will mirror it. Be as calm as possible.
Article source – www.urbanespresso.co.za