Sunday, 8 September 2019

Choosing a family holiday for 2020. Deciding if New York with children is a good idea!

When I turned 40 this year I really wanted to go to New York but trying to plan time away from children is a logistical nightmare. Grandparents have to be very understanding and super awesome to be able to leave the children with them for 5 days and to be honest I would feel guilty going without them.

We’ve not had a proper family holiday in a long time. Whilst our few days in Cornwall here and there are great short breaks and the children love going it’s about time we had a proper holiday.

I’ve been abroad a few times but only ever short haul and without children. Thing 2 and 3 went to Spain with my parents a few years ago but apart from that we’ve never been abroad as a family.

It fills me with dread and excitement all at the same time. Travelling long haul for the first time with four children in tow seems daunting.

All of the children would love to go to New York too and we’ve talked numerous times about making the trip. 

 When do we go? 

What do we do once we are there?

How will I survive the journey and airport with them all?

How will they cope with the time difference/jet lag?

Do we book things before we go or just go with the flow when we get there? 

So many questions that I have and I don’t know where to start. I’ve been looking at flight and hotel prices and I think I’ve decided on November. Yes it will be chilly but the younger Things said they would prefer Christmas time and I think I would too. Probably fuelled by their love of the film Home Alone 2 but I would love to go at that time of year and see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, take a horse and carriage ride around Central Park and go and see the Christmas tree at Rockerfella Center. 

As well as looking at flights and hotels I need to look at costs of any excursions, eating out and shopping. Do we do transfers to and from hotel or just grab a cab, what’s the cheaper or easier way?

I have so many questions and that’s what is putting me off making the trip. The uncertainty of it all and being the one that has to have it all sorted. I definitely need to look into it and research it a lot more before we make the final decision. However if we go for November 2020 we’ve got a relatively decent amount of time to sort all of the details out.

I’ve had a some fab friends who have given me some great tips so far on travelling to New York with children, what to do and when to book things.

Can you give us any tips to help us on our travels?

The one thing I am certain of is that the Staying Sane household will be on tour in 2020. Whether it goes well is anyone’s guess but we won’t know unless we go for it!

Thank you to Saff O, Rebecca M and Hayley M for the photos of New York used in this blog post. 


  1. New York is on my bucket list for my 40th birthday too. I used to worry about traveling with kids but now we take them everywhere. We are planning a roadtrip to California next April which will be our first time in America. Hope you have a wonderful time whatever you decide to do.

  2. No tips as I’ve never been but I hope it’s a success if you do. I would LOVE to visit New York x

  3. No tips here, but if I were you, I'd go for it. You only live once, and it will be quite the adventure!

  4. I went to New York a couple of times before I had the kids and I would love to take them!

  5. We took our 2.5 year old to New York after deciding not to wait until he was older and we've no regrets. We were only there for a few days but got to see and do most of what we wanted. We're really eager to go back!

  6. I've never been to New York but would love to go! Hope you get to go!

  7. I've never been but I personally wouldn't take young children, that's just me though and I know plenty of families who have had the time of their lives. I hope you manage to get there soon

  8. I've never been to New York so I have no tips sorry. I'm sure you'll have an amazing time

  9. I would love to go to New York in winter. I would love to do all the cliche things to do and relive scenes from old favourite movies. Not sure I would want to take my children though until they were ALOT older x

  10. I’ve been to New York once and I would love to go back. The flight is long and I was pre children at the time. The idea of travelling that length of time with children makes me feel slightly nauseous lol. Maybe worth getting an overnight flight so at least you can sleep some of the journey. I’m sure it will be worth it for an amazing family holiday.