hello! apologies for the silence over here on the blog the last little while. so happy to be back though finally and really excited to share more from of our australia trip with you all through some of our videos and photos this week! i’m starting it all off with a little video we made during our 36 hours of travel to sydney! this day (or days, i should say) were truly exhausting and trying and at times i wondered why we ever thought this trip was a good idea with three small kids… but while i say that, i want to make sure it’s clear that i couldn’t be more thankful that we were able to make this trip a reality and it was truly worth it.
the flight to australia from new york is long. it was 6 hours to LA and then 16 more hours to australia. basically, we left early wednesday morning and didn’t arrive to sydney until friday mid day. i looked really good by the time this whole travel adventure ended. ;)
i have shared in the past a few blog posts on traveling abroad with kids, tips and tricks for airplanes with kids, and also tips for packing with kids. i think all of those posts (the airplane post especially in this case) still apply.
my only other major suggestions for such a long leg of travel with kids would be to break up the travel time if possible. usually i’m all about springing for a direct flight and just getting there as fast as you can, but when it’s this many hours on a plane, a layover can do everyone some good! we chose to make our layover in LA count. meaning we spent a good 4 hours in LA getting all our wiggles out by walking for several blocks and also running around the beach so the kids could have a decent break before the next 16 hour flight.
i also think it’s worth noting that after you pack all your snacks and surprise toys and games for the flight, to go back and pack twice as many! i was surprised at how quickly our food supply ran low and how helpful it was to introduce a new game or toy to the kids every couple of hours. colored tape was a life saver! the kids made so many cool shapes and things out of it on their tray tables and it peels off really easily. also, iPads…. you save the day in situations like this and i’m thankful.
we have been incredibly lucky with our travels to usually sit around the kindest and coolest people. this makes all the difference when traveling with kids, because it helps keep you calm during the flight, which i truly believe is so important because kids are so good at picking up on your energy. while we did encounter our first not-so-nice person on one of our flights in australia who maybe made me cry which was super fun, we really do get lucky on these travel days to be around great people.
we were also fortunate on several of our flights to have empty seats around us, which was crazy amazing as we were able to spread out a little bit more and sleep.
anyway, i don’t think i’ll be raising my hand for any 36 hour travel day with 3 kids in the near future, but when all was said and done, i think my kids are pretty good little travelers and we really enjoyed this trip together. i still can’t even believe we have the ability to fly in the sky in this day and age and get to the other side of the world in such a short amount to time. airplanes are cool.