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now fine in a smaller room as we all go to bed and get up at the same time when we are on holidays. A kitchen or kitchenette is always valuable with kids. How will you get there? Will you drive or fly? We prefer to fly purely because we hate driving. We fly to places where we don’t need a car, such as the Gold Coast. If you’re flying, choose accommodation that is centrally located and you can walk everywhere, or has plenty of public transport nearby. After our 3 year stint in New York with a baby, we became so accustomed to taking public transport everywhere that we continue to find this the easiest way for us to get around when we travel. If you’re more of a driving family, a road trip might be your best bet. When planning a road trip, factor in additional travel time for journey there.

"If you can walk out of your room and splash in a pool, dig sandcastles on the beach or pat a horse, it's a winning holiday for small kids." facebook.com/ChristineKnightWriter

How will you survive the journey? With a road trip, consider breaking the journey up with an overnight stay (or a few nights if you have time). Kids plus a 12-hour car trip is not the most fun in the world. If your kids will sleep in the car, plan to depart in the early hours of the morning (and yes, go to bed yourself super early the night before), moving the kids straight into their car seats, so you can get several hours done on the road before the kids wake up for breakfast. If you fly or road trip, either way you’ll need entertainment for the kids. I pack small new toys or activity packs and slowly dole them out each time the kid has reached her limit. If you have an iPad, load it up with new shows, movies and games. Where will you stay? Consider: What time of year are you going? What will the weather be like? If you’re doing a summer holiday to somewhere beachy, does the place you’re heading to offer activities indoors or out of the sun when it gets too hot? Similarly if you’re going to the snow, are you staying close enough to the snow so exhausted kids don’t have to travel far at the end of the day to get back to your lodge, and does it offer activities for kids who are too young for (or get tired of ) skiing? What will you do there? Lastly, consider if the place you’re going offers enough activities and amenities for you and the kids to enjoy. Are there bad weather options like a movie theatre? Do you have to travel far to get to beaches, wildlife parks or playgrounds? Check if you have adequate food options nearby. Is there a supermarket? Kid-friendly restaurants? Pack activities to entertain the kids too, like sand buckets for a beach holiday (if you’re flying, however, buy them there!), activity books, and either DVDs or movies on your laptop so you’re not stuck with only bad TV shows as an option at night.

END Christine Knight is a Sydney-based writer. Her blog, Adventure, Baby!, is a guide to navigating the world and parenthood. Follow her travel, food and parenting adventures over Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram.

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