MummyPages.ie, Ireland’s largest online community of mums, reveals unique insights into making family holidays more enjoyable this summer. The MummyPages Travel Insight Survey looks at all aspects of family travel with 66% of mums planning a family holiday abroad this year.
Eight in ten mums believe that stress-free travel to and from their holiday destination is the most important factor in ensuring an enjoyable holiday, with good weather coming in second. One in five mums have never travelled by air due to the perception that it’s too hard with young children.
Family travel insights:
Driving the family car is the most popular way of travelling to the airport for 61% of our mums because it has the added benefits of:
Packing and unpacking for the whole family is the most stressful part of family travel for mums with 56% stressed out trying to stay within the weight restrictions. Most mums (78%) dread the amount of laundry to be done on their return from holiday. The MummyPages Travel Insight Survey revealed that mums manage these concerns by purchasing extra luggage allowances in advance (33%), while 59% of mums opt to do laundry on holidays to cut down on the volume of clothes being brought on holidays and dirty laundry coming home.
Eight in ten families plan to spend between 2.5 – 3.5 hours at the airport to enjoy the whole airport experience. A further 70% of mums are looking forward to trying out the new 737 flight simulator in T2 at Dublin Airport.
MummyPages’ Top Tips for travelling with young children:
With one week to go, talk them through every step of their journey from going through security to staying in their seat on the plane. Remind them every day of the travel adventure, talking through each step.
Make sure one of your seats is an aisle seat. A window might seem more attractive but you’ll be glad of the aisle seat when your restless toddler wants to get up and walk or asks for another item that’s stored in the overhead bin.
Book your car parking well in advance on DublinAirport.com or use the Dublin Airport App. Book Fast Track to quickly navigate through security in the airport and also receive flight information updates via text message.
Bring a light foldaway buggy for ease going through the x-ray machine. Both you and your toddler should wear slip on shoes, no belts and ensure liquids are 100ml or under are in resealable clear bags.
Boarding first might seem like a good idea but that’s just an extra 30 minutes in a confined space with your toddler or infant. Use space around your boarding gate to run around as much and tire them out.
Bring as much finger foods and toys as you can fit in your hand luggage and make sure your portable entertainment devices are fully charged.
Commenting on the MummyPages Travel Insight Survey, Laura Haugh, Mum-in-Residence for MummyPages.ie says:
“Family travel has come a long way in recent years with airports going above and beyond to accommodate the needs of families with young children. Family friendly amenities such as family lanes and fast track options at security, a concierge service for that extra pair of hands, and nearby parking facilities all help to make the experience easy. Of course, driving to the airport gives families more control over their journey but it also means there’s no fussing with children’s car seats and they can nap or watch a DVD on the drive there.”
“Our MummyPages mums reveal that their children enjoy their time at the airport with designated play areas, chill out zones, free Wi-Fi, and great food all contributing to a positive experience. If you’re flying out of Terminal 1, visit Candy Cloud, a confectionary store just for kids. Our mums’ top tips for travel are to charge up the digital devices before leaving home and to bring a charged power pack of battery life if the flight is a long one. Also plugging in your technology at the airport to save on juice is advisable if gaming before take-off.”
“Holidays are all about relaxing and spending time together as a family. It is hardly surprising therefore that our MummyPages mums are more relaxed with their rules when abroad. A huge three-quarters of parents let their children stay up late, 65% allow more treats, 32% allow their children to dictate the day’s activities, while 30% of parents let their child away with not finishing every meal.”