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A family of 4, soon to be 5
The super mum, marine engineer & fearless water babies
The seasoned travellers who have both lived and worked overseas for years
Craving an endless summer of sun and surf
Vaughan and I both have a love of the outdoors and a beach summer lifestyle. We have both separately travelled the world. Vaughan was working on White boats floating between the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas with a surf trips to Indonesia always breaking up the seasons. I travelled the world at the age of 21 and somehow ended up floating back and forth between Indonesia and Australia for ten years working on my Clothing label. Living what I thought was the ultimate lifestyle and work-life balance.
We are now at a different stage of our lives with two energetic children keeping us on our toes.
We have been a little reluctant to travel overseas as both our children seem to have no fear of the water or trying new things. All this is now changing as we crave the endless summer of sun and surf.
We have been a little reluctant to travel overseas since having our two children. Both crawled and walked early which meant they were always on the go. We didn’t think it would relaxing to go on a holiday with them. All this is now changing as they are getting older.
We found the hardest part was constantly watching our children around the water. They love it so much they just want to jump in. It just meant we couldn’t take our eye off them for a moment.
Both our children were on separate sleep times, so I did spend a lot of time in the room. It was ok as it was the hottest part of the day. Next time I would travel with a baby monitor so that we could play outside a little more.
We found having dinner early initially a little challenging as some places were not open until 6 pm and our kids needed to eat before then.
We love our children being about to interact with the locals. I also feel you are more social travelling with children as it’s an easy way to strike up a conversation. People, in general, were very courteous and understanding of our children while travelling.
We flew Singapore Airlines on our way to our recent trip to the Maldives, and I could not fault them on their service and extra attention to our children. Unfortunately, we flew a budget airline home in Business class, and we found it nowhere near as welcoming of our children or as comfortable as Singapore Airlines.
We’ve been pretty lucky. We flew to the Maldives and arrived at Midnight ( Local Time) which was a 5 hours difference. Our kids were exhausted from travelling the whole day, so they settled into a nice deep sleep and woke at 5:30 am local time. I am pretty sure we were the first ones at breakfast that morning at 6 am.
We tried to keep them as close to their normal sleep patterns as possible that day. The first night we didn’t make it past 5:30 pm and the second night we got to 7 pm.
We were fine after that.
We noticed a huge difference between Singapore Airlines economy seats and budget airline business class. Singapore Airlines was better. In future, we will put more emphasis on the facilities and services provided by an airline, followed by convenience, minimal flight changes or show layover times.
When searching for accommodation, we look for kids clubs that cater for babies so that we could have a surf together or enjoy a quiet sunset cocktail without the kids.
Also if we were planning to stay in a villa, we would be looking for a property that had a fenced pool, or we would be looking to hire a pool fence to keep the children safe.
Just a big oversized over the shoulder tote with side zips and a divider. Easy access and fits so much!
Fiji or Indonesia
The bachelorette recaps
At present Resort, in the future Villa
Try to sleep or do yoga
Bora Bora, Tahiti