- I have been asked a few times whether you can fly business class with your baby and the simple answer is, hell yes! Whilst you might get some disapproving looks from your fellow passengers, the reality is that you are just as entitled as everyone else to fly at the pointy end of the plane with babe in arms should you wish to. Our baby girl had only ever flown business and first class (check out ‘Travel Memoirs | Flying Solo with a Baby‘) until we took her to Dublin for St Paddy’s day on a Ryanair flight. Poor child – what a fall from grace!
Wondering what travel essentials you will need for your baby on your first adventure? Well I am here to help take the stress and confusion out of it! It’s no secret that our family has traveled a lot with our baby in her first 12 months. She managed a total of 10 countries in her first year and during all of these travels I like to think that we learnt a few things along the way. There are several products that we could not have lived without when we traveled with our new infant and I wanted to share these essential items to help you plan and pack for your travels with your new family. Whenever I am packing I try to remind myself that many things you can purchase on the go so as not to stress myself if I forget them (i.e. nappies, wipes, formula, food etc.) but these items are always at the top of my packing list each time.
Okay, I call it my 5 minute mum makeup but basically it is my go to make-up when I don’t have much time and still want to make half an effort. So this is my make-up basics when I’m travelling, going for brunch, hungover or going for a Pilates class – the possibilities are endless. I am by no means a make-up expert or connoisseur but I often turn to friends or shop attendants for recommendations on products before buying anything. If you are anything like me, I don’t mind spending money on quality products provided that they work. My pet hate is spending money on something that doesn’t live up to its promise. Therefore, I wanted to share my favorite products and the basics that I think everyone should have in their make-up bags.
This week I am throwing it back to one of our favorite trips last year – Barcelona!! I was heavily pregnant during this trip, so much so they questioned me when I boarded the flight and I had to show them medical documentation confirming I was safe to fly. We were meeting our very good friends there whom were on their honeymoon as unfortunately we were unable to attend their wedding in Bali a couple of weeks earlier due to the distance from England and the late stage of my pregnancy. But a weekend in Barcelona was the next best thing and what a fabulous time we had. So much so that we decided to return this year for a weekend away also. We hadn’t been to Barcelona since our Contiki tour in 2008 and all I remember from that visit was too much sangria and a very sick boyfriend on the bus ride the following day (I will spare you the details!!).
I moved to York 18 month ago and had ZERO friends. That’s right – I knew absolutely no one. Now that I look back at it, that is a pretty daunting prospect, especially at 20 weeks pregnant. But guess what, becoming a new mum is the absolute best time to make new mum friends and build an amazing ‘Mum Tribe‘. Whether you like it or not, you now have 101 things to talk and bond over, so you will naturally make wonderful new mum friends with like minded mummies along the way. I know many people whom are still friends with their mum friends years down the track, including my own mum!
Last week we ventured to the Spanish island of Mallorca for a little family vacay to enjoy the last of the European summer sun. Mallorca is not a destination I would have ever thought to have visited whilst living in Australia. Although I do vaguely recall it being a far away exotic paradise based on the reality TV show, Airline, showcasing the daily happenings of EasyJet passengers, and crew in the late 90s. Keep reading to discover how our family travel to Mallorca panned out.
- Its no secret that we have had our fair share of visitors whilst living in England. Family and friends have traveled to the other side of the world (some of these multiple times) just to visit us – I definitely feel #blessed. Having said that, we also hosted plenty of visitors at our home in Perth too – I like to think we have always had an open door policy and we love the opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends.
Now I definitely don’t think I am excelling when it comes to being a perfect host. I almost think it is impossible to excel at anything with a one year old. However, I have learned a few things over the past 18 months which I will share with you below to help you on your journey to becoming the perfect host for your visitors.
Holy shit, I won! Well I didn’t win first place, I won runner-up. But to me it felt like I had won. I am talking about the Best Dressed Women competition at the York Races where, by complete surprise, I won a prize based on my fashion. Proving my point that being a mum doesn’t have to stop you from being who you really are, here is my behind the scenes look at the day and my outfit.
During our first year as parents we have stayed in a mixture of both hotels and AirBNB holidays lets with the baby. Both of them have their advantages and disadvantages and are worth considering when you are booking accommodation for your next family holiday with baby in tow. My comments below are very much a generalization as there are obviously such a wide variety of hotels and AirBNBs available all around the world offering different things. So AirBNB vs hotel with a baby – what is better?
I have flown with my baby multiple times as a solo parent. Not by choice, but because circumstances have changed last minute and my husband has had to fly off elsewhere. Generally it has been too expensive to change the flights or we have already paid for accommodation so I have decided to fly home solo with the baby. Besides, exploring different cities is far more interesting than flying home early to do laundry. So are you considering flying somewhere solo with the baby and want to know how I manage it? Most people call me crazy and proclaim they don’t know how I do it, but here are my tips for how to fly solo with a baby.