Updated: Mar 30
Meet Kristina Conley AKA Travel Mum!
Kristina is a Brisbane-based travel enthusiast and Mum to her 4-year-old daughter. She has combined her passion for travel with her knowledge of parenting to found 'Keeping Kids Busy'. Where she sells age-appropriate activity bags packed full of crafts, books, games and puzzles designed to keep kids busy anywhere. www.keepingkidsbusy.com.au.Kristina will be sharing all her tips with travelling long haul with kids on the plane, road trips, finding the right family-friendly destinations and hotels across the world.
Here's her story...
Catching the Travel Bug
I caught the travel bug early, I was 21 and my boyfriend (now my husband) and I decided to set off on a round the world ticket and spent 5 months exploring USA, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam and China and it was honestly the best experience and one I will remember forever.
We lived the good life a little too much and unfortunately ran out of money after 5 months and didn’t get the opportunity to go to Australia which was somewhere we always wanted to go to. We went back home to the UK, started to save again and 2 years later we left home yet again and arrived “Down Under” on our working holiday visas. Fast forward a year and I was very lucky and ended up getting sponsored by the company I was working for and our 1 year working holiday turned into a 5 year stay. We arrived as “Pommie Backpackers” and left as “True Blue Aussie Citizens!” After five years in Australia we started to get extremely homesick so back we went to the UK.
We are the classic ping pong poms (those that can’t decide where to live) and only lasted back in the UK for 3 years. We bought a house and had a baby but the itchy feet started again and ultimately we thought that Australia would be a better place to bring up our daughter. When she turned 2 years old we sold our house, quit our jobs, put all of our stuff in storage (just in case…. we had a habit of moving back and forth) and said goodbye to our families and set off again for Australia.
But this time the flight was a bit different. Anyone that has kids will know the anxiety and fear I had about traveling so far with a 2 year old. We had been on the plane with her once when she was 9 months old and it wasn’t pleasant and that was only a 4 hour flight, how on earth would we cope with 24 hours of traveling with a 2 year old?! Did I mention that I also hate flying, I always have an irrational fear that I will not survive the flight, but that’s another story!
Flying Long Haul with a Toddler!
Google was my best friend, I was constantly searching how to travel long haul with a t