Before kids, the hardest thing about going on holiday was worrying about what to pack! With kids there seem to be a gazillion other things to worry about, but one thing I have learned is that there are things you can do to make travel with kids a whole lot easier.

Over the last few years, we’ve become real fans of airport parking, and when I saw some recent research on airport parking, I was quite intrigued because, as solo travellers we often assumed airport parking was just an expensive extravagance, but now, with a family, I’ve definitely changed my mind!
Airport ParkingWhile travelling with kids is a whole other ballgame, there are a few things I have found that really make a difference – booking a hotel near your ferry/airport, for example, not only takes a huge weight off if you have a morning departure, it also means you can make your way to the airport in calm and peace, not starting the holiday all stressed out and tense.

On our last trip to Australia, we found driving to the airport parking and getting their shuttle to the actual airport worked out costing us less than public transport for three people would have cost. As it happened this particular parking company near Heathrow is right next to a hotel, so we sauntered across the road, had a great dinner and chill out in the room, and a good night’s sleep. In the morning we had breakfast and were driven to the airport, where we checked in and had a fabulous holiday. Where I really appreciated it, however, was on our return – after our 19-hour flight with two tired kids, what I didn’t want was to sit on a train for two-three hours, changing at a different station and then having to get local transport home too. Being able to slip into the car, listen to my choice of music – since the kids had a catch-up nap in the car was just what the doctor ordered to stave off the post-holiday blues.
As I said, at £70-odd for the three-week parking this worked out at less than public transport would have cost the three of us, and the convenience was worth every penny!
The research is interesting – if you live in London and fly from Heathrow you’re more likely to make your way to the airport by train or coach, and it’s the non-London airports that have the greater demand for long stay parking. It’s interesting and if you’ve never considered it an option, is well worth looking into.
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