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Do you remember those long road trips as a kid?  They seemed to go on forever and yes we nagged and nagged to find out how much further.  I am dating myself now but I clearly remember us three kids in the back of the car in the era before seat belts standing up and leaning over the front seats so we could have a good view of the road ahead.


There was no such thing as video games, ipads or head phones.  What on earth did we do to while away the time?

Well we would have a good fight every hundred or so miles.  If someone encroached on your space in the back or touched their elbow to yours then everyone had a hissy fit and dad would stop the car on the side of the road in order to give us all a hiding.  As I said – I am dating myself here.  Today’s parent would never dream of doing anything like that.

sit down

When we got tired of fighting we would sleep – all over each other.  It was probably the only time you were allowed to take up someone else’s part of the seat.

Then someone would always throw up.  I am talking about long journeys here – 8 hours or so on windy roads up through the heart of Britain.  My dad would get so cross he would not stop.  I think we made a bit of a spectacle of ourselves going around the traffic circle in the centre of Bristol.  Me out one window and my sister out the other.

Things are different now.  Most of us fly these long distances and for kids a plane ride is usually exciting.  There must, however, be those kids who do so much flying around the world that it just becomes boring – like those long 8 hour car drives.

So what is the solution?

Emirates has one! They have teamed up with Dr Sandi Mann, a psychologist and boredom specialist at the University of Central Lancashire to find a solution. Dr Mann has worked with the airline to create the Child Boredom Quotient (CBQ), helping parents identify the exact moment their kids will get bored so they can enjoy stress-free travel.  You can read the whole article here ….  http://travelwirenews.com/emirates-airlines-hires-boredom-specialist-to-keep-kids-entertained-485554/

As I read through the article I couldn’t help chuckling.  I could just imagine my Dad’s comments.  Let’s just say he was not that politically correct!



Travel like a kid

“All I want for Chrithmath ith a Printheth Cruithe”….


No this is not a commercial for Princess Cruise Lines – this is Haley – my 5 year old grand-daughter.  Now it is not surprising that she has the idea of going on a cruise seeing as her grandmother is The Travel Lady and everyone knows I love to cruise.  Where did she get the idea of going on a Princess Cruise?  Well it is a lovely name – conjures up images of princesses swanning around in long glittery dresses with dragging trains.  Anyone with daughter or grand-daughters will know exactly what I mean.

Also anyone who has travelled with their children or grandchildren will appreciate the fact that you see the world through completely different eyes with sometimes hilarious results.

Like the time my boys thought the bidet was for washing the sand off their feet…. or not…

Like the time we went to the hot tub in Austria – we sat and bubbled and chatted to the nice people in the hot tub until one of the men decided it was time to leave – he stood up completely starkers and my daughter who was 9 at the time shouted “Yikes” …. Much German style laughter followed.  (They must have had a clue we were British because we got into the hot tub with our swim suits).

Put some clothes on!

Put some clothes on!

Like the time we went on our first Carnival Cruise – sitting around the pool a moment of panic when I realised my youngest (then aged 7) was missing.  At that moment the Conga Line wound its way around us and there he was holding firmly onto the hips of the rather elderly lady in front of him bopping and swinging to the music.

Like the time we went to New York and my son thought that the Ninja Turtles really lived underneath the manholes – especially when the lids rattled and the steam came up.

Like the time we went to Atlantis – famous for its pools and waterpark – well the boys played water basketball the whole day until their feet were raw – I am not kidding….

You see – it’s good to think like a kid – play like a kid – travel like a kid.  Enjoy everything 100% – eat when you’re hungry – sleep when you’re tired – but have fun!
sleeping child