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    My sister and her family (DDs aged 4 and 18 months) are the absolute models of travelling with children. If she were on here she would say don't worry about the flight, everyone will cope. And, unless you are going somewhere extremely remote or to a developing country, you will be able to hire or buy everything you need.

    She makes me feel great about it (which is good cos we love our holidays too!). We're planning Italy for a friends wedding in May next year when our bub#1 will be 8 months.

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    It's cyclone season in the pacific around that time, so I'd try and avoid places like Fiji and Vanuatu, just in case.

    Hawaii would be nice I agree!

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    If you want to keep flying time to under 8 hours I would suggest the withsundays (we went there on our babymoon and it was awesome) plus being in Australia you have the advantages of having medics and hotels will provide cots and high chairs also you know the food/water will be ok for bubba to have. Otherwise Hawaii is lovely (been there as a couple) service was top knotch and the beaches were divine.
    As an alternative would you consider a cruise? DH and I went on one on the Mediterranean and it was the most relaxing holiday we've ever been on. Cruises will cater for families so it might be a nice way to relax and maybe visit a few islands.
    Tripadvisor is great for ideas. Also talking to travel agents... not necessarily to book with them but to get some suggestions.

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    Fiji or Bali - both places are great for kids and the locals love them.

    No need to take any big items with you. All hotels these days have portacots. Most major tourist destinations also have companies that hire baby gear (Bali has several run by Aussies).

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    We have gone to bali on holiday when our daughter was 3 months old ( for a wedding) and again when she was 20 months. The Balinese are so nice and friendly towards children. Hotels and villas have porta cots and we hired a pram each time so we didn't have to take ours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misho View Post
    It's cyclone season in the pacific around that time, so I'd try and avoid places like Fiji and Vanuatu, just in case.

    Hawaii would be nice I agree!
    Yep^^this^^. We know people who were there last December when the cyclone hit. The place they were staying in was totalled and it was miserable. But apparently great at other times of the year!

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    Hamilton Island! We went with DD a few months ago (she was 19mo) and it was great. Get a 2br apartment so bub can sleep and you don't have to tip-toe around like in a hotel room. They provided a cot and prams can be hired at the kids club (we didn't bother). Everyone just drives around in golf buggies so no need to worry about car hire etc. You get a golf buggie included with the apartment.

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    Was Hamilton expensive?
    How do you get there? Plane or boat?

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    We flew direct from Sydney. It's not as expensive as I expected. I think it cost $3k total for flights and accommodation. If you're saying in an apartment you can save on eating out for every meal - you can do Coles home shop online before you go so it arrives the day after you arrive, which will be cheaper than the grocery store on the island. The restaurants are a little pricey but considering kids eat free pretty much everywhere it wasn't too bad.

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    We are going to go to Hawaii next year our bub due October will be about 7-8 months old when we want to go. I think it is do able as long as you prepare. DH and I want to go just before I go back to work. You can buy portable cots which are travel ones I've been thinking I will get one of those if the hotel dosnt have anything like that. DH and I went to Hawaii on our honeymoon and loved it there's a lot more to do than Fiji I went last year I loved it but didn't find as much to do as Hawaii. Never traveled with a bub as this is our first but I'm sure it be ok lots of people do it.


 

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