Categories: Family Fun
Way back pre-baby, when I was a certified travel snob, the idea of returning to the same place was unthinkable. Now that I’m a mommy, I want my getaways to be easy and uncomplicated – a vacation in the true sense of the word. We decided to return to
This time around, I thought I had it all figured out. After all, this would be our third trip as a family and we’d already been to
Our departure flight was where karma bit me for being such a cheapskate. This was our last holiday before we had to pay for our daughter’s seat, and she squirmed and fussed up until 10 minutes before we landed, when she then fell asleep. At any given point during the flight, I would have gladly whipped out the plastic to pay extra. Thankfully the flight home wasn’t full, and it was a much better experience with her having a seat to herself. My usual arsenal of junk food and new dollar store toys did the trick.
After arriving at the airport, changing money, and getting us all installed in a (thankfully large) cab, we were finally on our way to the hotel at midnight. By quarter to one we were installed in our ‘
Jibacoa was just what the doctor ordered in terms of getting away from it all. It had been a tough year – going back to work and trying to find that elusive balance between work and family and time for yourself. I had envisioned an idyllic week of lazy days making sandcastles on the beach and long leisurely walks in the countryside. Our busy toddler had other ideas. By day three she was absolutely refusing to head down to the sand. We couldn’t figure out why until we realized that the pool is where the action is. Music, people, other kids – who wants to hang out with boring ol’ mom & dad when there is a pool full of other children’s toys?! Our one attempt at a lovely country walk was halted by a full-fledged tantrum. Since a happy baby means happy parents, we stuck to the pool for pretty much the whole week. Luckily the other toddlers there were happy to play and share, so all the buckets and shovels were used to make ‘soup’ at the pool, instead of ‘pies’ in the sand. When asked about her trip to
Feeding our daughter from the buffet wasn’t an issue but we did encounter difficulties due to the availability of food and spacing of mealtimes. Our hotel was a 3 star, and while we felt the food was of a superior quality to the 5 star we stayed at in Varadero, the access to it was much less. Thankfully I’d brought lots of snacks, but we were rationing favourites by the end of the week. Dinner didn’t start until 7, and lunch fell during her nap time. The rooms all had a mini-fridge, so that would hold all the plastic containers filled with our solo trips to the lunch buffet!
In spite of the close proximity, we decided to give
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Corinne McDermott is the founder of Have Baby Will Travel – your online guide to traveling with babies and toddlers. For more information please visit www.havebabywilltravel.com or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org .