For the rest of us, it's a time of great jubilation as we make our way out of here to fabulous destinations around the globe. Months of planning precedes this and it's always a mighty relief when you are on the plane and ready to go - then all the hard work of planning and packing is a fading into a memory and the excitement of what lies ahead starts growing within.
Many of you are moms, like me, and will be traveling on your own (maybe just part of the journey?). A big shout-out to all of you! I remember the days of having two little-ones and loads of luggage (checked-in and carry-on for that matter), two car sets and a pram. Hubby would wave me off at the airport and I would lug this lot around the terminal wondering what I was thinking when I agreed to go on my own, again.
I remember the 8-hour flights that felt like 18 hours when baby wouldn't sleep, had an ear-ache or was sick. Or the time my younger one had just started walking and he would NOT sit still for the duration of the flight.
However hard it was getting there, it all melted into nothingness when we walk through the airport doors and my mom would be waiting to see us, arms outstretched and tears running down her cheeks. Those are the happy moments that I hold on to and long for. The happy airport reunions of our family and friends.
Through my many years of travels I have learnt a few tips that make it easier and, dare I say, more bearable too :
My number one tip is being prepared. My husband teases me about having too much with me on the plane but I like to be prepared. I have a large carry on bag pictured above (Lou Harvey Pack Bag which is available in a variety of prints) which fits into the overhead locker perfectly. In this I carry blankets, spare clothing (packed individually in large zip lock bags), a few books, some snacks (at what age will my boys stop needing these on a flight?), coloring-in bits, iPads and a smaller Lou Harvey Cosmetic Bag which holds baby wipes, panadol, airsick meds (thats for my budding pilot who gets sick on EVERY SINGLE flight - a whole other story) etc. Because of the fabric the bag can be squeezed into spaces up-above or on the floor (sometimes the kids like to put their legs up on it like a bit of a make-shift lounger).
I have bags and bags within bags. That way I feel super-organized and less frazzled when I need to grab something in a hurry.
Please do share your travel tips - I'd love to hear from you.
Wishing you all a fantastic summer holiday, wherever you might be heading.