Travelling with (young) kids.
Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris to Callantsoog by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you.
Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! We told Iris: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."
Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!
We only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. We have learned this, because we have been travelling with Iris from the beginning. She was only 6 weeks young when we had our first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Iris has been used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) has always been an easy kid to get along with.
- Road Trip
- Family Travel
From Schipol to Assen
My mum and I took the NSL train to Assen from Schipol Aiport. The journey was 2 hours and 13 minute passing by 7 stations before arriving in Assen. Make sure it's written Groningen on the platform signage. One way ticket was 22.80 euro per person.
The train journey was very smooth and really fun with beautiful views along the way. We saw horses, farm houses, sheep, a river, windmill (though quite far from the track), towns and homes with beautiful gardens.
During our trip, we took the 8.19 am train and arrived at Assen Train Station at 10.32 am. That was my first time taking a long train ride in another country and the feeling, hard to explain.
Arriving in Assen
A good way to arrive in Assen is by train. From, for example, Amsterdam there is a direct connection to Assen so it's easy to reach.
The centre of Assen is only a five minute walk from the railway station. Close to the railway station there is the bus station, so you can get around very easily.
MOTORCYCLE! Assen is THE place...
MOTORCYCLE! Assen is THE place for motorcyclists from all over Europe to gather and take over the town for a weekend to coincide with the Dutch TT at the narby race-track!
Leave the car at home!
Best way is by train from...
Best way is by train from Amsterdam by INTERCITY to Zwolle, from Zwolle to Emmen by the Sneltrein, trains between Zwolle and Emmen run every half hour on Monday-Saturday, ones an hour on Sundays.
Getting Around in Emmen is best on a BIKE
Rent your bike under the Emmen Trainstation
Tel +31 591 613731 for reservation and information.
Also on their site:
Many nice routes for traveling by bike are available.
Notice: Grootjans is closed on Sundays.
Rent a bike for 5.20 Euro a day or 21.00 Euro a week.
Also duo-bikes called tandems are available 14.60 Euro a day and 58.40 Euro a week.
Assen, straight along the Northern highway
Getting to Assen is quite simple as it is situated direct along the highway A28 that runs from Zwolle North to Groningen. Assen has three exits: South, North and centre.
By donkey, like the one I am...
By donkey, like the one I am riding on here? No just kidding. Go by car, train or bus.
Car, train, bus or bicycle.