Welcoming and adjusting a new born to a family is a full time, hands on job. This is why there is such a thing as maternity leave and paternity leave. While this time can be a very close and intimate time for the entire family, it is not the easiest time for the new parents. Midnight feeds, sicknesses and fussy babies can take a toll on many people. The last thing a new pair of parents would think of is to travel by plane with a new born.
Many new parents would not even hear of this idea as air travel is considered to be tiring, time consuming and all around stressful for a baby. Where will one run to when your baby refuses to stop screaming as the flight takes off? Will you have enough space to change a diaper in a tiny inflight toilet? Will you be able to find rental cars Perth airport as soon as you come out of the airport? These questions are justifiable. However, travelling by flight with a newborn is not impossible. Read these tied and tested tips by parents all over the world to make the whole experience a bit easier.
Get to and from the airport quickly
Travelling with a newborn means that you do not have the time to be admiring the scenery endlessly or hitting the duty-free shops until you drop. Different babies react differently to travelling. While some babies hardly make a fuss about it, some other babies do create a big fuss. Therefore it is safer to get to and from the airport quickly. For this, you would need to book a rental car Perth airport beforehand. Do this a few days before the day you are to fly so that you do not have to walk around looking for a vehicle with a screaming baby strapped to your chest.
Take your own food
Babies can be fussy when they are on board a flight. While many airlines offer baby food, it is best to give your baby something that he or she is familiar with. Therefore make a limited quantity of your own baby food and package is carefully so that you can retrieve it whenever you need it during the flight.
Travel with a trusted party
While travelling in your destination, make sure that you travel with a well-known, trusted travel partner. There are many travel companies out there today but you would not want to risk yourself or your baby with a company that does not live up to standards. Therefore, make sure that you do your homework with regards to travel companies post flight.
If you have never been before you will soon realise how expensive Australia is as soon as you land at the airport. From taxis to a beer there is not much that you will be able to find on the cheap when you are down under. What makes it worse are the big cities which you will inevitable spend the majority of your time in while you are travelling or holidaying in Aus as it is a very spread out and ‘manmade’ type of country – there are only really five big cities that go from the east to the west coast and the northern and southern territories. So, if you want to save money, say you are in Melbourne, what do you do? The only thing that you can, take part is as many free activities as is physically possible. Here is just a sample of them.
When you are in a place which is as vibrant as St Kilda there are a whole host of free activities in this small town. Located south of the city centre, on the coast, Kilda is well known for its amazing beaches and coastline that is almost unparalleled across Australia and that is saying something! If sunbathing on sandy beaches while beach babes’ roller blade around the promenade isn’t your thing then you can always spend the day at the art and craft stalls in the Esplanade market or enjoy a couple of live bands at The Palais. Still want more? Then there is a whole host of funky bars and buzzing restaurants throughout the especially busy Acland Street.
The Yarra River is best known for splitting the city of Melbourne in two, much like the Liffy does in Dublin, but the rather understated Yarra Valley is probably more up the tourists’ street if wine tasting and vineyards is your thing. Melbourne wine is a very reputable and respectful wine and when you visit the Yarra Valley you will soon find out why. The vineyards here take the upmost care and professionalism in their jobs and as a result create produce like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. You can take a walk around most of the vineyards for free which is a very beautiful way to spend a morning, afternoon or evening.
A bit further down the road from Melbourne is Logan’s Beach in Warrnambool. If you are thinking that this is more sunbathing then you are wrong because at certain times of the year Southern Right Whales come out to play. Swimming with whales is free – all you need is a snorkel and a crash helmet! Maybe getting in the water as a rank amateur is a little bit risky so you can always watch them from a vantage point and marvel at their splendour. Look for cheap place to stay in Geelong to make getting there a little easier.