Well, I’m soon to figure this out. In just two days we set off on an overseas trip to the South Island of New Zealand. Mr. G and I have done this trip before, but it was just us, before Elliott was born. We drove around in a neat little car, enjoyed the luxuries of lovely hotels and restaurants, went a bit wild on jet boats, skiing and heli hiking on glaciers. This time we’re doing the family thing, in a motor-home.
I’m already nervous about so many things, I’m not even much looking forward to it because all of the ‘what ifs’ are running through my head. I was up till midnight last night checking the motor-home website and looking at the diagram of the vehicle to see where Elliotts booster seat would be installed. Realising that it’s right at the back of the van, I’m worried he won’t even be able to see us right up in front. If he can’t, he will be very unhappy. How on earth is he going to go on the long drives? I think I’ll end up sitting in the back with him.
I’m also worrying about the plane trip over. Will he sleep, will he be restless, will he throw one of his horrible tantrums in front of all the other passengers? Oh god, I hope not!
We chose to hire a motor-home for a number of reasons. We are on a tight budget and also it gave us a bit of flexibility. The only thing is, when Elliott wants his sleep, we are stuck there for a couple of hours…but, I guess, this is a forced reason to rug up, sit down and RELAX. Although, when he is up and wanting to expel his energy and run around, well that’s not going to be relaxing. It’s definitely not going to be the same as having a hotel room or house where he can run loose!
So, I guess I’ll know in a week and a halfs time if a holiday is really a ‘holiday’ with a toddler. I’ll be an experienced ‘toddler traveller’ and will definitely do a post about my experience.
In the meantime, can anyone give me some tips about how to keep a toddler happy in the confines of a plane and/or motor-home?
Wish me luck!