Vacaying with Toddlers
Rule number one on going overseas when you have two toddlers, don’t take them with you.
I’m joking. For the most part.
Firstly, make absolutely sure you fly overnight for as long as possible. Mine sleep through the night on a plane and that makes a HUGE difference.
Secondly, make sure to pre-book your seats in front with a bassinet if one or both of your kids are under two, because trying to eat with your baby on you or trying to sleep with your baby on you = no fun + extra days of exhaustion when you reach your destination.
Thirdly, have as least luggage as possible! I fit both of their change of clothes and nappies, etc in one back pack and I carried a cross-body hand bag with our passports and my wallet handy in it.
I didn’t take a pram with me. We bought cheapie prams on holiday. They are just extra luggage and extra hassle, in my opinion. Most airports have prams available for you to use, Joburg doesn’t so I just carried Gavriel to the gate, it was late so he didn’t want to walk. But I used the airport prams once we arrived.
Most importantly, DO NOT and I repeat DO NOT try flying solo with two toddlers. You will regret it. If it’s one flight then maybe, but if you are catching more than one - just don’t do it.
I took my parents with me. They actually flew down first with Tesla on the way there and I flew solo with Gavriel. And we all flew together on the way back. It helps, because when they get bored of you they move onto the next family member rather than run amok on the plane.
Another pointer, if you’re breastfeeding GREAT!!! If you’re about to wean, wait until after vacation. It helped so much when Gavriel would get irritable and just would not want to sit anymore and it would put him to sleep really quickly on the flight.
And the last helpful get-through-your-flight-with-your-kids-without-pulling-your-hair-out pointer: SNACKS! My kids happen to love biltong. So immediately go and buy some once you’re through to the other side of the airport and buy some for the way back as well. It helps keep them occupied!
Now for the fun stuff...
Once you arrive, give your kids to your family and run away, go sip cocktails on the beach never to be seen again until the day of return.
Ha! As if! Those little monsters would never allow that. They were glued to me the whole holiday. I only managed to slip away from them for one (not even full day), and we were there for a month. I had my parents and grandparents there. But nope mommy is mommy!
So while it definitely wasn’t a relaxing holiday where I got to catch up on much needed sleep (I actually came back even more exhausted) we did do a lot of stuff and we had a lot of fun and we got some fabulous tans.
We spent most of our time in Montenegro.
We got to wake up to this every morning ...
The Adriatic Sea is still my favourite.
We rode around the Bay of Kotor on a rubber ducky.
Tesla had the most fun out of everyone, he especially enjoyed fishing with my dad and my grandfather.
He did lots of boy things and made lots of friends (mostly girls) and all the neighbourhood cats...
Nappies and swimming costumes were usually getting in the way of his fun, so bare bum it was.
But most of all he wanted to play with his brother. The way the two of them love each other is the best thing in the whole world.
We ate lotsssss of ice cream
Pizza, watermelon and doughnuts were always on the menu as well
And the one time mommy had enough! So she locked us outside so she could get a break!
On her break, mommy...
Got a bit of reading done
Posed in some cool places
Had more frappes than you can count.
Strolled through the old towns of Herceg Novi and Kotor
Gavi also went solo a couple of times....
Just like big bro he prefers his birthday suit to his swim suit.
Pretended to take naps, but was really just trying to make everyone jealous of his eyelashes...
Caught lots of taxis
Stuffed our faces with more ice cream
Ate some traditional Serbian food that I can never ever get enough of.
Tesla got some fishing in while Gavi and I strolled through Knez Mihajlov and Kalemegdan.
Dunav is a beauty.
And if you like getting caught in the rain (I prefer Pina Coladas) ...
And we had to make a morning of Ada Ciganlija...
And that’s all folks!
Until next time...
“In America, there are two classes of travel: first-class and with children.”
— Robert Benchley