This week I picked up some passport forms for Chloe. Izzy had her first passport at around 5 months and poor Chloe well she’s just turned 2 and still hasn’t got one. I think the thought of taking two little ones abroad is a bit scarier than just one but we are planning for a holiday next Spring.
We are thinking of Portugal, it’s always been one of our favourite places to visit and a perfect first trip for us as a family of four. The weather in springtime is mild and warm without being overly hot for the little ones and there are an abundance of family hotels that you can book via the British Airways site. The food in Portugal is delicious and varied and it has good surf which is always essential for Andrew!
For a first flight for a small child Portugal isn’t too much of a stretch but inevitably they will still get bored so planning ahead is essential, there are some great tips from Dr Vivian Hill on the BA site to make your trip as stress free as possible including bringing out different toys wrapped as presents at different points of your journey. Find the rest of the tips here
So back to the planning – we have just realised that Andrew has an expired passport so that needs rectifying before we book anything! So between his and Chloe’s that’s about an extra £200 to budget in. Hmmm.
When we plan a holiday we always get costs for the flights, hotel and any airport transfers and car hire we require before we consider booking so we know exactly how much we have to spend and luckily BA make this really easy as you can do it all through them. On top of that you can also book pre flight airport hotels which would be ideal if you had an early morning flight and didn’t want to be rushing with little ones.
I really like that with BA if you can’t afford to pay the full amount straight away you can instead pay a deposit and then the remaining amount closer to the time or pay a fee to hold your booking. If you are unsure about any of the options available you can also speak to one of their customer service advisers who are happy to help with any questions.
Once Christmas is out of the way I’m looking forward to having a holiday booked and ready to get excited about! Days of exploring all that Portugal has to offer, enjoying some Piriton Piri chicken and long glasses of sangria overlooking the waves. Bliss. Ah yes and the two small children of course but with the endless beaches and a million fun things for us to do I’m sure we will all have a fabulous time!
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