Whether you’re visiting relatives in New Zealand or soaking up the bright lights of Hong Kong, travelling with kids can really make those grey hairs sprout.
And the stress seems to ramp up days before the trip – youngsters spit the dummy for random reasons and teens whinge when they realise they might miss the Aussie tour dates for Taylor Swift.
But family travel can be much more Zen-like if you follow these three tips.
Travelling From Sydney Airport with Kids in Tow? 3 Fair Dinkum Tips for a Stress-free Family Trip
Get There By Car
The thought of saving cash by travelling to the airport on public transport is appealing — but when you’re coordinating a big family group, it can also be a recipe for disaster.
A delay due to a truculent teen’s lengthy make-up regime can set you off track from the start, and if the bus or metro are running late, you might not even make it for your flight.
Plus, everyone gets hot, sweaty and frustrated and it’s not always easy to find a seat.
Better by far to travel by car in comfort and take advantage of affordable airport parking in Sydney — then relax with a cold schooner once you’re airside.
Head for the Play Zone
If you’re worried about young kids becoming bored, distracted and downright annoying, head straight for Sydney Airport’s children’s play zone – it’s an oasis filled with enough electronic games and gadgets to keep kids entertained for hours.
Gone are the days when kids marvelled at planes taking off or got excited when they spotted a wheelie suitcase — so the geniuses at Sydney have installed interactive touch screens that offer everything from Aussie Rules to band practice.
And while your little ones are expending their pre-flight energy, you can chill out nearby and catch up with the latest news on your mobile — the perfect plan.
Older kids might need a bit of a holiday bribe to keep onside — so giving them some spare cash to spend on retail therapy might put the smiles back on their faces.
Sydney airport shops have something to suit every taste and budget, from Burberry’s luxury couture to Pandora charm bracelets. And skate and streetwear can be found at Surf, Dive n Ski, while they’ll pick up a new pair of shades at Sunglass Hut.
You might even bag a bargain for yourself at the duty free — spoiling yourself at the start of a holiday can set the right tone and you probably don’t recall the last time you bought something special for yourself.
How do you keep your kids entertained at the airport? Share your advice in the comments section.
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