We just made it look easy

28 Jan

I saw a tweet this week saying something about what hard work it had been taking a trip abroad with a baby.  Er, yes.  Any kind of foreign travel is unpleasant.  It involves queueing, lugging awkward heavy things, eating nasty food at odd hours, walking long distances down interminable windowless corridors, queueing again, and then a long uncertain taxi ride to a hotel that you hope has received your booking. If you choose to take children with you, multiply all of that by a large number and add in a bout of travel sickness and a quantity of whining.  It’s never pleasant and it never gets easier.

Even after nine months, the big journeys were something to be endured not enjoyed.  We became more efficient, possibly, and we learnt to always take snacks, but it never got any better.  Airports at midnight are horrible, no matter how many times you do it.

But you do it, so you can get there.  And in our case, the there was often magnificent.


7 Responses to “We just made it look easy”

  1. Jill 28/01/2012 at 4:05 pm #

    Having any children can be hard. You might as well go somewhere new and interesting while you’re at it!!
    We are in Thailand with our 5. I was hoping it would get easier, then the baby learnt to crawl.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 28/01/2012 at 4:10 pm #

      Exactly, it’s hard at home, for different reasons. We loved Thailand, spent about six weeks there, but I can see that a crawling baby wouldn’t be ideal…

  2. SAHMlovingit 28/01/2012 at 4:09 pm #

    I think travelling with children is a doodle compared to what I thought it would be like. Granted, I only have one child (at the moment) but I remember people in shock saying to me “Oh dear, I can’t believe you’re taking her abroad”. She was 13 months old when we took her to the canary islands (4 hour flight) and it was superb. Since then we’ve done two more holidays abroad and she’s not even 3 yet – just returned from 3 amazing weeks in Florida. As you rightly say, even if the journey isn’t great – you get there and it’s amazing 🙂

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 28/01/2012 at 4:12 pm #

      I hate any kind of airport really, but I also like going to exotic places. You just have to suck it up.

  3. Heather 29/01/2012 at 2:24 pm #

    I’ve never enjoyed flying, but I love travelling, so I’ve always seen it as a means to an ends. When you have babies, the amount of stuff you often need to take with you can make flying challenging (especially with all the security restrictions and mean baggage allowances), but I think once they’re into toddlerdom you can survive with a lot less stuff again.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 29/01/2012 at 3:41 pm #

      It does get easier, but there’s still a lot of queueing!

  4. Heather 07/03/2012 at 11:41 pm #

    Oh my how this sums up our last trip! Children are work- at home and abroad. 24 or 30 hours into air travel can be a hard time for adults much less children who don’t quite get how long til the nightmare is over. Last week I got a simple “This must be the start of your trip” comment (regarding my 4 kids) from a fellow traveler when we were really on our way home from a pretty miserable 2 week adventure and had been in airports or planes for over 25 hours. Sometimes in the midst of it all it can be far too easy to forget the magical experiences.

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