Family travel gets such a bad rep. Wrapped up in ‘once a year’ paper and tied with an ‘all-inclusive’ bow, it really does make for a dull read or at least it would if it really was like that. Admittedly, it is like that for a lot of people, but that might well be because of ignorance rather than choice.
Until my mini-explorer arrived I was oblivious to the options too and rightly so. Why would I know about family travel if I didn’t have a family? Why should I care? Heck, why should you even care? Well, I’m surrounded by late twenty and early thirty somethings who are nervously teetering on the edge of parenthood watching my every move to see if I sink or swim so to speak. Having a baby is on their radar, but they’re apprehensive of the changes to come in terms of travel.
For those who dare to even believe that travel is still possible, they worry that having a child is a lifelong commitment to hotel resorts in run of the mill destinations. The few parents I’ve chatted to seem curious to know if there is anything else out there for them too. Is it as black and white as it seems; either a one-week (two at a push) inclusive holiday or a life on the road as a nomadic family?
Well, no it isn’t. There’s definitely a lack of blog posts to agree with me, but I guess that’s where I’m going to pipe up and help fill the void. 2016 is the year that Nova and I will show you that it’s possible and how.
The New Family Travel
We’re going to try and test the lot. We’ll enjoy staycations in the UK at stylish boutiques, as there’s no reason why my love of pretty accommodation should go out of the window due to a little one.
We’ll take short-haul trips on the plane to nearby lands and we’ll venture on long-haul flights to faraway places. We might even hit the seas to test some avenues you might not have thought possible for family travel.
From self-catering and all-inclusive options, to apartments and glossy resorts, we plan to sample it all. It might not necessarily always be about the most adventurous destination, but when it’s somewhere you’ve heard of, we plan to delve a little deeper to show you another side.
I may be a travel blogger, but I’m a new mum (and yes, I’m aware of the often negative stigma around ‘mum’, but let’s save that for another day). I too have a limited bank account and a mortgage to pay. If during 2016 I can encourage just one person to believe that family travel is more than just outdated 3* hotels I’ll be ecstatic.
Most parents have gasped when I’ve told them I’ve already got Nova’s passport. They’re even more surprised when I tell them his first overseas trip is in a few weeks, when he’ll be a little over two months old. Even a PR in the travel industry was shocked that I was booking trips in with my little baby.
It’s time to break the negative connotations around family travel.
2016 is going to be a journey of discovery and I hope you’ll join the ride. Whether you take the time to comment on my blog posts or prefer to read and nod your head in silence, let’s do this!
If you know of any travel blogs who are standing up for this kind of approach to family travel too, lemme know. And if you want me to cover a specific aspect of family travel or destination, please do feel free to leave a comment or get in touch.
My Mini-Explorer is Here! (More about Nova)
Thanks, but No Thanks (A rant about travelling with a baby)