In March the Roversi’s booked their first holiday as a three to Australia and I babbled all my initial thoughts into this post. The general theme was panic, fear and stress. However, since then I have had time to process, plan and have a chat with my good friend KW, whom we’re staying with for the majority of the trip, and I’m feeling much more relaxed.
Here’s what has developed since then:
- We applied for Mini R’s passport online and I was suitably impressed when it came within a week! Since becoming a Mum, I’ve found that my emotions get the better of me at the most surprising of times and when my son held is very first passport, despite not having a clue what it was, I felt a bit emotional and very proud. There he was, aged 21 months old, ready to travel the world!
- We’ve booked an apartment in Sydney for the second part of our holiday. We’ve had a lovely lady called Karen from Flight Centre sorting us out with flights, visa’s and accommodation. She found us a couple of hotels however, the hubby and I were concerned that we’d have to sit in the dark, quietly on a evening when our son was in bed. We got back to her asking about apartments and she sent me a lovely one within a day or two! We’ve got a one bedroom apartment in the Adina Apartments in Sydney which will be a lot better for the evenings and will give Mini R a little more room to run about. Obviously we don’t plan on spending a lot of time there during the day. If i have my way, we’ll be in Taronga Zoo.
- I’ve been reading a lot of blogs about travelling with a toddler because, out of everything, that’s going to be the most challenging bit. Our general plan is to go with the flow – let Mini R sleep when he wants, eat what he wants and let him have whatever he wants (within reason) to keep him happy. We’ve got him a Grufflo Trunki for his stuff, some kids headphones and an Airport sticker book to begin Mini R’s flight activity pack. I wasn’t sure about the Trunki at first as it says “three years plus” but I think Mini R will be okay. We need something to put his stuff in at the end of the day.
- Speaking to my lovely, crazy friend KW and hearing how excited she was for us to visit made me really look forward to it. I know she’s going to make sure we have a wonderful time and I can’t wait to spend some quality time with her and her family. She answered some questions I had which calmed some of my initial worries, about car seats etc, and made me really glad we made the decision to bite the bullet and go.
Keep an eye out for other posts regarding our Once in a Lifetime trip to Australia and feel free to comment with any words of wisdom regarding flights with a toddler or places to see/things to do in Sydney and Port Douglas (where KW lives). You can comment below or find me on Facebook and Twitter.