Why HELLO there – long time no see! After a glorious three weeks away, I’m back and facing reality (aka 45839 loads of washing and jet-lagged kids). It’s the price you pay, right?!
I decided to take a break from writing and working while I was away and just concentrate on the family, which was lovely. It’s not often you get to spend so much time with your kids without the usual housekeeping and real life jobs hanging over your head. And to do it in places as scenic as Italy and Germany? Such an incredible experience. A special part of the trip was spending time with extended family in Germany – I’m sure the kids will treasure the memories of playing in fountains and visiting castles with their grandparents and cousins.
The trip all went really smoothly and the kids were excellent travellers. We were lucky in that we had no major delays or hiccups, and one notable factor was how much Mr 3 had matured since our last trip. (This time we had NO meltdowns from him, can you believe it? What a difference nine months makes!). It all went even better than I hoped and we covered a lot of ground for a family with small children.
One thing I’ve heard a lot from people we met overseas and friends here is: “You’re so brave!” or “You’re crazy!” and even “We would never consider doing that with our kids”. I’ve been thinking about those comments a lot and I’ll write a whole blog post about my answers. But long-haul travel with kids is certainly not the minefield people make it out to be. Sure, there can be hiccups and it’s certainly different to travelling on your own, but we had SO much fun together and talked to so many people that we wouldn’t have engaged with if it weren’t for them approaching the kids. The kids knew what to expect and showed such enthusiasm and energy everywhere we went. It’s so worth it.
If you follow me on Instagram (I’m SalWilsonWords) you would’ve seen lots of photos of food, gelato and adventures around Lake Como. I thought I’d share a few more scenery shots to convince you that this is one place you MUST put on your bucket lists to visit (with or without children). It surpassed every expectation and is up there among my favourite holiday destinations of all time.
I’m no photographer, but I found it was almost impossible to take a bad photo Lake Como. That backdrop! Take a peek: