Flying can be especially difficult for parents. As much as we love our children, after a baby self-care can be completely disregarded. You are sleep deprived, have vomit on your clothes, and barely eat. Now, imagine a long uncomfortable stressful flight with your baby. Flying with a baby is no different, you are still tired, hungry, and crave a shower — The only difference, you are stuck in a 35mm seat in the sky for hours on end. This is why it is important to understand the benefits of adding a stopover to your travel itinerary.
Parenting is tiring, traveling is exhausting and doing both can suck the life right out of you before you get the chance to arrive at your destination. The thing is you don’t have to stop traveling when you have kids, you just have to travel smarter. When flying, especially on long haul flights, having a stopover makes a world of a difference to both you and your baby. Not only is it beneficial for your health and sanity, but you get to explore two cities in one.
1. Break Up A Long Haul Flight
One of the most obvious benefits of a stopover is to break up a long haul flight. You are most likely to experience layovers on long haul flights. Instead of waiting in uncomfortable chairs, enjoy the time by turning a layover into a stopover. Lets face it, long travel times are not exactly what you look forward to when traveling. When you do arrive at your final destination chances are you have been on multiple flights, though different airports, haven’t eaten a decent meal, slept sitting up, and on various facets of transportation. With a baby in tow this can be particular tiring. Suddenly your inflight entertainment, meals, and sleep go out the window.
2. Explore a new city
Have you ever considered watching a rhapsody light show on your way to Athens?
Imagine traveling to Singapore, a thriving cosmopolitan city to visit the urban oasis Gardens by the Bay, famous for its supertrees. Stand amidst these iconic structures and watch as they come alive at night with an exhilarating display of lights.
Should you eat sushi in Tokyo or have pasta in Italy? Walk the pier in Santa Monica or ride the subway in New York? Why not do both?
Another benefit of a stopover, you have the opportunity to have two holidays in one and explore a new city in which you probably would not have considered. Prost in Germany, have a good nights sleep in a proper bed and you’re on your way to Rome, Athens, or Paris the next day, a better version of yourself than when you arrived.
3. Restock on essentials
The truth is babies come with a lot of baggage and sometimes it may be difficult to fit everything you need in a small carry on. After hours of traveling you might need to stop and restock on the essentials for your baby. This means, grab those extra diapers, boil sterile water, clean then bottles, and change your clothes.
4. Your Health
Airplane travel already has major affects on your body even when you have the chance to sit back, sip your wine and watch the latest blockbuster hit. Sitting for long periods of time can cause deep-vein thrombosis, low air pressure gives you the feeling of being more drunk than usual after alcohol, and low humidity can lead to dehydration. Trying to remember to avoid blood clots, stay hydrated, and rest is a bit difficult when caring for a child on a plane. If you have an infant or child under 2, you are not only sharing a seat but holding them constantly. Add a stopover to regain your strength, rest, and relax before the next flight.
5. Ease your way into timezones
There are a few things when traveling you just can’t avoid, and jet lag is one of them. Jet lag can last as little as 3 days to as long as 1 week. If you’re flying internationally why not add a stopover to help both you and your baby recovery. By breaking up your trip into more manageable time zone blocks your child’s jet lag will be less severe.
6. its great for kids
Your stopover will most likely fall in a major city. Take advantage of the museums, parks; do the touristy stuff. Book a stopover in Hong Kong and take the kids to Disneyland where they can meet characters such as Mickey, Minnie, and Moana. Have a stopover in Los Angeles? Take them to the beach in Santa Monica. Expecting your child to sit hours on a plane is just not stimulating enough or realistic. Soon enough you will be bouncing, rocking, and walking them up and down the aisle. Stopover and let your little one burn some energy.