I shared recently about our first family holiday.  Unfortunately we didn’t fly, and N hasn’t yet flown anywhere.  I think the OH would be a bit scared of taking a young child abroad, but I think there’s so many other people managing it then why couldn’t we.

I have to admit that I didn’t fly as a child as most of our holidays were in the UK and then later via ferry or coach (the latter tended to be choir tours).  My first flight was post university, when 3 of us went to Gran Canaria and had the time of our lives.  Ok so we might have been aged 18-30, but we didn’t get drunk, we didn’t stay out massively late, and we were happy to spend evenings enjoying good food and then entertainment at the apartment complex.  Karaoke specials and winning the pub quiz!

100 years of commercial flights

Since then I’ve flown a bit although not maybe as much as I’d have wanted to.  I love the freedom that it provides, the opportunities, the education; it’s a means to absorb and experience all those places you’ve dreamt of since reading about them as a child.

Most places have been close to home…

A fabulous prize of a weekend in Barcelona which was a girly weekend taking in the culture, beach, sangria and entertainment on Las Ramblas. Well, I say girly weekend.  It was actually a football competition to win tickets to watch Barcelona play at Nou Camp, but the timings of flights didn’t get us in until too late to watch the match (major muck up by the pr team organising it), so there was no football involved. Just food, sangria, beach, harbour, artist, architecture, a boutique hotel and shopping.

tango dancers las ramblas Barcelona - Bubbablue and me casa Bastillas dragon house - Bubbablue and me

Honeymoon in Florence and on the Tuscan coast.  Wonderful food, relaxing time, lots of walking along the beach, amazing hotels and culture in Florence.

Florence Duomo - Bubbablue and me
This is one of my favourite photos I’ve ever taken.

Florence Duomo shadow - Bubbablue and me

Then a couple further afield…

Experiencing my first long haul flight to New Zealand with the OH to tour round and stay with friends.  We had a wonderful 3 weeks in a trusty rented Hyandai car, touring the South Island, and discovering our friends’ homeland.  Nothing like traumatising before departure, trying to locate somewhere suitable to do my first ever fragmin injections due to previously having had a DVT.  Of course the medical centre in the airport was before security, but I had to inject an hour before take off, so we had to find family toilets so the OH could come in with me in case I fainted doing it.  Then trying to dispose safely of a needle.  Hmm, not the easiest thing.  Luckily I enjoy flying so once we’d sorted that out I could relax (before having to go through the same at the other end).

Shotover Jet in New Zealand south island

And not forgetting a 5 day trip with a friend to New York.  It was a magical time in the early run up to Christmas so perfect for experiencing the Christmas lights turn on and the store displays.  Definitely a city I’d love to return to and explore the rest, especially to see a show on Broadway, as when we visited before there was a Broadway strike and no shows on.

Lincoln Centre Xmas tree lighting - Bubbablue and me
Lincoln Centre for turning on the Christmas lights
Madison Square Gardens - Bubbablue and me
Madison Square Gardens

yellow cabs in new york - Bubbablue and me

The OH isn’t keen on flying – or more the hanging around waiting once you’re checked in, whereas I find the whole process really exciting and interesting.  Maybe I’ve just not flown enough to lose that excitement.

There’s a few places I’d love to visit apart from a return to New York…Boston in fall, Canada to see the sights  in the city, plus see the spectacular Niagara Falls, and do some kayaking in the wilderness.  Further in the other direction, Jordan would be top of my list.  I’d love to see the city of Petra, and as my mum lived in Jordan for a bit as a child (my Grandma set up the first Brownie pack there), I’d love to see the country she lived in.  I’m also planning to go on a joint 40th weekend away with my best friend in a couple of years.  She suggested London, but if we’re having a special occasion treat, I want to go further afield…maybe Marrakech or Tunisia.

I can’t wait to take N on his first holiday abroad and his first flight.  With air traffic control in my blood (both my parents were in air traffic) and my dad having been an avid aircraft spotter, I’m hoping N will be as excited as me for his future holidays.

Where’s been your favourite place to fly to and where is your dream destination?

This post is an entry for the #Flying100 Family Holiday Challenge, celebrating how flying allows us to make memories and ‘be there’, in association with #Flying100. Find out more at Flying 100 Years website.

15 Comments

  1. Oh gosh I have so many favorites its hard to just pick one. Italy is a great place to visit. Both north and south italy. France is always great too. If you like their riverias hahaha USA east coast or west coast but I wouldn’t worry about those middle states. lol Great post. Love this. Mr P hates flying too. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  2. I love reading about other people’s holiday stories and yours sound great, well except the needle bit! My favourite flight was when we went to the Maldives for our honeymoon just over 10 years ago, for the most magical holiday of my life 🙂

    • Me too, it’s going to take me a while to read through them all.

      Wow, would love to experience the Maldives – not my usual type of holiday but would be beautiful to see.

  3. HelpfulMum

    Barcelona is my all time favourite city. We are hoping to go back with the children next year. New York is a city I would love to visit one day.

    • I loved Barcelona. I’d also love to go back and then travel a bit further out. So nice to have a beach in the city too

  4. Hello there, I really enjoyed your post and it got me thinking! I was apprehensive about taking little one on a plane but overall it was OK-I’m hoping as he gets older he’ll be able to keep entertained more easily on a long journey-fingers crossed! x #sharewithme

    • I think once they can sit and watch a film there’s a bit more hope that they’ll be easier to deal with. I think N would love it, but the bit I’d worry about would be the ears popping.

  5. You have visited many of the destinations I dream about including the amazing Barcelona. Hope your new travel dreams come true soon. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

    • Thanks for stopping by Kate. It’s lovely to be able to remember all the wonderful places we visit, and hope for holidays in the future.

  6. Chantelle

    I always loved flying as a child and teen – went on a lot of holidays with my parents – but the two overseas holidays I’ve been on since becoming a parent have filled me with dread. I get horribly stressed, particularly on take-off and landing. Heaven only knows why. I’m going to have to suck it up though, we’ve just booked a holiday to Florida for next May! Eek!

    • Strange how it’s changed. but I suppose having children with you does make the stress increase

  7. I like airplane food a lot less these days, I think it’s a mix of me being fussier and the food getting worse 🙂
    I love to travel and have traveled a fair bit (but still want to do more!) I’ve also traveled on my own to Australia and to Cuba which was great fun, although my mum was less enthused by those trips! 🙂

    • I guess the more travelling you do, the more boring it gets and the more you can compare it to other airlines.

      Cuba would be amazing to visit. My OH would never want to go there, so I’m not sure I’d ever make it.

  8. I didn’t fly until I was a teenager, I then got the flying bug. I love flying, I love airplane food, and everything about it. Luckily little man has been on the airplane so many times, he was only 2 months old on his first flight. I will definitely recommend taking your son, I am sure he will enjoy the experience of flying! 🙂 x

    • I think he’ll love it. I also love airplane food although the OH hates it. It is a magical way to travel

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