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.
- Family Travel
- Road Trip
From Schiphol to Noordwijk aan Zee
Noordwijk aan Zee can be found about an hour from Amsterdam and The Hague.
From Schiphol you can follow the A4 motorway to the direction of The Hague. At the junction after the bridge restaurant and the petrol station, head towards Leiden West/ Den Haag Centrum on the A44
On the A44 take the exit Noordwijk/ Voorhout/ Oegstgeest Noord.
To get from Amsterdam, first take a train to Leiden Centraal (35min.; 8 per hr.; €7.60). Outside the station in Leiden is a terminal where you can catch bus #40 or 42 to Noordwijk (30min., 5 strips or €2.20).
- Road Trip
By buss to Noordwijk
If you don't own a car or a bicycle propably the best (and only) way to get to Noordwijk is by bus. (Ok, you can take a taxi, but...)
You may first take the train to Leiden (Centraal), which is approximately 12...15 km from Noordwijk. From there you can get to Noodwijk by buss number 40 or 42, which takes about 20...30 minutes. 40 and 42 have different routes, but they both will take you to Noordwijk aan Zee's centre.
Also busses number 90 and 95 (from Haarlem to Haag and vice versa) go through Noordwijk.
There are quite a good train connections to Leiden. Both buses 40 and 42 go twice in an hour on weekdays and on saturday and once in an hour on weekends. Bus may seem to be a bit expensive when paying with cash (4 euro from Leiden to Noordwijk), but you could also use 'strippenkaart', which will get you there little cheaper. (Check out 'Transportation' at my Netherlands page for information about 'strippenkaart'.)
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