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