Babies & Children

Australian School holidays 2010 (so you can avoid the crowds if you want to!)

Image of happy kids in snorkel gear
The Australian school holidays can mean busy beaches and expensive accommodation…

It’s that time of year again — holiday planning time! With the (freezing where I am!) cold weather upon us, and a year of resolutions to uphold (mine always include travel), January is well known as peak holiday planning time.

Something to consider when planning a trip Down Under is the school holidays in Australia, as like anywhere this will add to road, rail and air traffic, and of course to the price of places to stay.

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Lots (and lots!) more info about flying to Australia with babies and toddlers

Image of Miss Small Person wearing eyeshades onboard Virgin plane to Australia
Unfortunately the free eye mask doesn’t send your toddler instantly to sleep on long haul flights!

Along with flights to Australia at Christmas, the other questions I get asked a LOT are about travelling long-haul to Australia, and “how to manage the trip (usually meaning ‘how do we survive the flight?’) with babies, toddlers and small people”.

Here are some of the more recent questions, and my answers…

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Even cheaper flights to Australia this year – and tips for booking children’s flights to Australia

My latest inbox updates, and research, have found some even cheaper flight prices to Australia available to buy now, if you are thinking of taking a trip in 2009.

These low prices are all on quality airlines too – Singapore, Emirates, Malaysian and Qantas – so expect good service, direct routes AND low prices.

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Schools out! (and when they’re not!). A very useful guide to when Australian kids are on their school holidays

Image of Lucy and Miss Small Person by a playground in Robe, South Australia
Australian kids really do get fantastic views from their playgrounds. This one is in Robe, South Australia (that’s me and Miss Small Person sitting on the grass).

Being that they live in such a GREAT country, then it’s hardly surprising that a lot of Australians choose to take their holidays ‘at home’. Now this is great for the Aussies, as they are already in my favourite country for a vacation 🙂 but for the rest of us visiting from overseas, we might like to explore when it’s a bit quieter.

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Mauritius as a sunny and relaxing stop-over to Australia

Just got back from Mauritius…

Image of sunset on Turtle Beach, Mauritius
The sun sets on Turtle Beach at the Maritim Hotel, Mauritius (while I enjoy a piña colada!)

Wish I was still there… although another day longer, and the effect of the all-inclusive delicious food and yummy piña coladas would have meant no doing my jeans up for a while 🙂 As it is, they are pretty tight!

So while we ‘only’ went to Mauritius on this trip, I know that you can easily incorporate it with a trip to Australia as Air Mauritius have connections through to Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. There are some prices here with Austravel from £875 return with the option to stop in Mauritius in both directions.

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Long haul travel with small people – more tips for taking your kids to Australia

Travelling with a baby or toddler to Australia can be fun (honest — it’s not that bad!), and I’ve got some tips we’ve worked out to make it a bit easier. I’ve written about travelling with babies lots before here, here and here for example, but I’ve got a few new hints…

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Taking your baby on the long-haul flight to Australia — more survival plans!

I received an email the other day, with lots of questions regarding flying with babies (in this case twin five-and-a-half month-old boys!) from Brisbane back to the UK. The questions touched on some subjects I have already written about in past blog postings, but they also raised some new points that I haven’t yet written about, and so I felt I should share these answers in case they help anyone else. When you’ve got a long flight on a plane with a small person to face, sometimes there can never be too much advice!

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Flying with a baby to Australia – some more info!

Technically, I am not sure Miss Small Person is still a ‘baby’, as she is approaching the ‘toddler’ stage, but as she still counts as an infant for a plane fare, and fits into a bassinet, then baby she is for this purpose!

We are flying Singapore Airlines for this trip (to Adelaide, and returning from Melbourne), and while I have said it before, I will say it again… Singapore Airlines are brilliant with infants and children.

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