Tell us a little bit about your Tribe and your holiday style
We’re a fairly new family! Griff was born in August 2016 and has really enhanced our tribe. Pre-baby, my husband and I liked to travel far and wide, from Panama to India. We both particularly love the sea and scuba-diving. Post-baby, we are keen to continue. With a little bit of flexibility, we don’t think there are many (any?) places you can’t go with a baby.
What has been your favourite family holiday and why did you love it?
So far we’ve only had two family holidays! Our first was to Gordes in Provence when Griff was 7 weeks old. It was a week at the beginning of October, the weather was perfect and we did lots of lovely walks amongst beautiful scenery. Our second holiday was a bit of a bigger leap! We travelled around the Philippines for just under six weeks from December 2016 to January 2017. It was absolutely fantastic. The beaches are postcard-perfect, the people are unbelievably friendly and there is a wonderfully international feel to it. By this I mean that there were all sorts of countries represented by the tourists, not just the usual players. The Filipinos went crazy for Griff and clamoured to hold him. They often insisted on doing so so that my husband and I could eat our meal with two hands. Luxury! The snorkelling/diving in the Philippines is world-class and two of my favourite sights were seeing seven giant green sea turtles in a conservation project plus the sardine run: a huge vortex of millions of sardines just offshore. One of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.
What 3 destinations are top on your family travel bucket list?
We are very keen to visit Colombia, Myanmar and Iran but, as is life, it depends on work commitments. Slovenia is high on my list as my husband and I had a holiday booked there for July 2016 but we had to cancel when I discovered that Griff was due a few weeks later.
If you had to pick one travel item that makes travelling with kids easier, what would it be?
For me, it has to be our Ergo Baby 360 Cool Air carrier. It has a mesh front so it is cooler than the original carrier. Griff loved facing out or we could turn him around to face us so he could sleep. Also useful for bumpy transport when seatbelts are not always available (don’t judge me…It’s not always possible).
What’s your best piece of family travel advice that you can share with Our Tribe Travels Community?
My advice would be to just do it. Throw caution to the wind, let go of routines and worries and just go. It’ll be worth it. That and carry plenty of muslins! Travelling with a four/five month old wasn’t that hard. A bit like an extra piece of (albeit noisy) luggage. I think it can only get more fun though.