A family vacation can be the most wonderful time, however it can have it’s setbacks!. For instance, taking small babies for several nights not only requires a substantial amount of luggage but so much more preparation too. You need to organize special accommodation to make sure you have a safe cot for the little one. And it needs to be big enough to sleep all of us!
I’ve found that hotels and young children just don’t mix. They never have all the helpful facilities that I could do with, like a diaper pail! And a hotel room rarely has an opening window to get rid of the smell of four kids either. If there is a fridge, there is never enough space to store the formula. It can take an age to get room service to provide boiling water to make it up in the first place. And how are you supposed to sterilize everything?
For my family, a self-catering vacation is the way to go. Don’t get me wrong. I love to head out to a nice restaurant, and my kids behave beautifully. But having all the comforts of home, like a kettle, drinking water, a fridge, and some extra space is what we need. I’ve been checking out some destinations for our next big family vacation overseas. For me, the accommodation is everything.
When you think about France, you probably conjure up visions of the Eiffel Tower and the city of Paris. For me, I envision those beautiful Chateaux, quaint cottages, and luxury villas. I’m thinking about something self-contained and fun, but out in the country where I can get some peace and quiet. The South of France is famed for its gorgeous climate. Something with a pool and plenty of space is on my vacation shopping list this year.
The kids will probably be excited about the plane ride. Having small kids on a plane isn’t nearly as troublesome as some people think. Nowadays there is plenty of entertainment for them. They’re quite good at sleeping on journeys too. For those of you with babies, you’ll be pleased to know that airlines are much better at looking after you these days. There is space for nappy changing, and you are usually sat at the front so baby won’t disturb other passengers.
At the airport, we will probably hire a family car to drive down to the villa. European driving is a bit different to home, but I think I’ll be giving it a go. With a car, we can travel anywhere in the country we like. We could head down to Biarritz for the beach, or into the center of Paris for some French culture and tourism. The kids have already been whispering about Disneyland, but we’ll have to see.
I can just envision it now. I’m lounging by the pool while the kids are playing noisily. I can gaze out at the most incredible landscapes, and even enjoy some French cuisine. Best of all, I have everything I need to look after four kids just inside the door. What could be more perfect?