Just after Christmas, we decided to embark on a little travel adventure with our Son.
Being two years old, some might think we were crazy for having such a jam-packed couple of weeks. Where is the holiday in all that travelling?
But we’ve always wanted to experience the things we love with our Son.
Show him the enthusiasm and joy you can get by going to a new country and submerging yourself into a different culture.
It’s time out for all of us, to just be in each others pockets day in and day out, learning about something new together as a family.
After all, in a normal week Mr London Mum is on set with early starts and late finishes (he works in film production), I’m usually exhausted and trying to think up some new genius way to hide vegetables into my Sons meals, and Little London just gets a bit bored with the inevitable monotony at times.
Going away gives that much-needed respite and change for all of us, and that feeling of working together for something beautiful.
For us a holiday is about spending time together and getting away from the mundane routine of normal life at home.
Breakfast isn’t scheduled. Lunch isn’t scheduled. Dinner isn’t scheduled. We eat when we’re hungry, and nap when we’re tired (in the case of our child, and on occasion me!).
It’s testing the boundaries and gaining trust in each other. Late nights and long lie ins, before jumping up, opening the curtains and getting back outdoors to soak up more of our surroundings.
It’s about learning new things that we wouldn’t necessarily have back home whether that’s a new skill for us, or a new word or ability for our Son.
Being in Slovenia and Austria meant the word snow was picked up pretty quickly, something which wouldn’t have happened in the UK, given that we’ve only had one light dusting that lasted half a day this Winter.
Two is the perfect age I think for taking the plunge with a little one. They have more understanding about what they like and what they don’t like, which makes flying and travelling with them a lot easier.
Instead of being stressful it was enjoyable, and at times really cute.
Over the coming weeks, I’ll be telling you about the individual cities we went to and what we got up to.
But I thought it would be nice to share our itinerary because if at the end you decide you want to do something similar you’ll have our holiday in black and white to base your journey on.
28th December: Fly to Ljubljana, Slovenia
29th December: Ljubljana, Slovenia
30th December: Train to Bled, Slovenia
31st December: Bled, Slovenia
1st January: Bled, Slovenia
2nd January: Bled, Slovenia
3rd January: Train to Vienna, Austria
4th January: Vienna, Austria
5th January: Vienna, Austria
6th January: Train to Hallstat, Austria
7th January: Hallstat, Austria
8th January: Train to Salzburg, Austria
9th January: Salzburg, Austria
10th January: Fly back home
Travelling by train throughout was easy, and at times we’d find ourselves on a train with cabin rooms meaning Little London could just jump, play and be free.
If we did have a longer train journey (more than two hours), we’d always stop off somewhere on route for a nice break.
We could have rented a car, but with the unpredictable weather and mountain crossings we thought going by train would have been safer and would take a whole lot less brain power 😉
A perfect holiday is coming away with something you didn’t have in your grasp before. This holiday taught us to go all out with our Son in terms of experiences.
He’s welcoming the world with open arms and loving the chance to explore with his Mum and Dad by his side.
(Disclosure: This is my “fab photographer” blog entry for the Mark Warner Family Ambassador Programme)