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 and Sam Tarragona Corfu by plane this holiday and drove some distances by car on the island itself 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."
If your child is big ask for earplugs as soon as you board the aircraft. Make use of them for take-off then save them for landing as the crew may not have any fresh ones left by then. Also let them eat candies, this helps the kids tremendously if they don't know how to pop their ears.
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.
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A Car is Necessary
You really need car in this part of Spain. You can either pick one up at the airport or do as we did and take your own.
We drove down through France from the port of Zeebrugge stopping off overnight in the Auvergne. We made one big mistake and that was to drive round Paris OMG never again, remember the Peripherique can get very busy.
It was a good run and we past over the new Millau bridge in France which was very spectacular and for the cost around €3, well worth it, as it cuts off going through all the little villages going down towards Bezies.
There is a Catalan village on the motorway at La Boulou, just before you cross over into Spain, they have local crafts, wine and produce on sale as well as a hotel and restaurant.
Then we headed towards Girona and branched off towards Pals at Figueres.
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