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#1 CheekyKids

Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:26 PM

Hi

Just wondering if anyone has done a trip to London, Paris and NYC with kids?  How did you (and the kids) cope?  Particularly with jetlag?  Please fill me in with your experience.



#2 IsolaBella

Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:31 PM

We did London in August (20mo, 4yo on the flight and 5yo) and then Paris/Switzerland in the December when the kids were just turned 2,4&6 yrs.

They had less issues with jet lag than us.

London and Paris are not well set up for prams so if you can avoid one it is good or just take a super cheap light umbrella one (we took $20 target cheapie).

Edited by lsolaBella, 19 February 2013 - 03:32 PM.


#3 Cat People

Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:41 PM

You mean in one trip OP?

We've done a three flight trip to the USA, including NYC with a nearly 2 yr old and 5 yr old.   Perth-LA-Boston in one hit.  As pp said, kids were fine, parents were WRECKED.  It took a week to recover so I recommend staying as long as you can in one spot if at all possible.  Lucky for us we went for a couple of months so plenty of time to recover.  In the end I had to resort to sleeping pills for dh and I to get back on track.  Kids seemed fine and slept fairly normal from the first day.

#4 CheekyKids

Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:43 PM

Thanks IsolaBella original.gif

What I meant was if anyone has done the 3 cities in one go?  We are considering this as it's cheaper to London than NYC!!  We thought we'd do London, Paris, London, NYC, London in a month.  Just wondering if we are too ambitious!

#5 Cat People

Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:48 PM



So you'll go Aust City - London - Paris - London - NYC - London - Aust City?  Is there a stop-over to London?

It would be too much for me and I'm a keen traveller.

#6 CheekyKids

Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:53 PM

Just a connection somewhere for a couple of hours depending on airline.

#7 MrsLexiK

Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:57 PM

QUOTE (Madame Protart @ 19/02/2013, 04:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So you'll go Aust City - London - Paris - London - NYC - London - Aust City?  Is there a stop-over to London?

It would be too much for me and I'm a keen traveller.

OP I'd probably see if I could just go Aust City - London - Paris - NYC - Aust city (most probably stop over in LA) I wouldn't do the above as the savings would counteract the enjoyment for me and add a fair bit of travel time.

#8 CheekyKids

Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:01 PM

Correct me if I am wrong, I just thought that Paris being so close to London, it's like going from Sydney to Newcastle.  The difficult part would be from London to NYC and back??

#9 IsolaBella

Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:03 PM

Paris to London is a short flight.... The pain is the airports. I would do that Eurostar. Much faster.



#10 CheekyKids

Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:04 PM

Yeah, was thinking of getting the train, it's a quick (ish) ride.  Would probably quite enjoy the scenery...

#11 IsolaBella

Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:09 PM

I missed doing a day trip from Paris to London as DD threw up over herself and me on the way to the train station. I had to drop DH, the boys and MIL off and ask the cab to return to the hotel. No way was I spending a long day in chuck covered clothes (my undies were wet eek).



#12 Fairey

Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:13 PM

haven't done it with kids so can't talk on that aspect original.gif

London - Paris - London is definitely not an issue. Consider the Euro Star. It's pretty cool.

I definitely have the travel bug and I wouldn't be loving the idea of Aus - London (- Paris - London) - New York - London - Aus
Especially if you aren't stopping in London on the way home to break up the New York - Aus part.

Enjoy your holiday, whatever you do original.gif

#13 lclb

Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:15 PM

I've flown from NYC to London to Singapore to Syd in the space of 14 days.

NYC to London was a night time flight and there wasn't any jet lag. We did loads in London and visited friends most days.

London to Singapore was a daytime flight and a shocker! We were all hit bad with jet lag in Singapore and as a result didn't actually do much. The humidity was a killer too given that we had just spend the previous 6 months enduring a snowy winter in NYC! We kind of wished we hadn't bothered stopping in Singapore in hindsight due to the jet lag!

#14 CheekyKids

Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:26 PM

Thanks, all travel experts original.gif

The tentative itinerary looks like this:

6 nights London
5 nights Paris - train
3 nights London
2 weeks NYC
1 night London

What do you think?





#15 YellowKittyGlenn

Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:28 PM

I'm doing a similar trip in November going Aust - London - NYC - Aust. It worked out $1000 more to go back to London from NYC then going to Aust from NYC.

Admittedly I don't have kids but for an adult a multi stop trip in a month is exhausting enough without going back and forth. I personally would just fly from NYC back home especially if London is just a stop over.

The Eurostar is good about 3ish hours to Paris  but a good ride.

#16 CheekyKids

Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:43 PM

Thanks YellowKittyGlenn original.gif

I didn't think about flying directly back from NYC.  I kept thinking getting a return flight from the same destination.  Yes, this works out much better!

#17 kandj

Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:14 PM

Your itinerary sounds great to me!

I think flying back from NYC would probably be the better option if possible.

As for the long haul side, if you can break your flight up on the way over it may help you not feel so yuck when you get there.

most airports have transit hotels and getting a room for 6 hours just to rest your body (even if you don't sleep) can do wonders for when you arrive.

Eurostar is great. you can get on at waterloo station and are there in something like an hour and half?

Sounds like my kind of holiday!!!

#18 Coffeegirl

Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:29 PM

YellowKittyGlen beat me to it.  I was going to suggest an around the world fare.  As long as you don't back track, they can be quite cheap compared to booking multiple return flights.

I suggest
6 nights London
5 nights Paris
3 nights London
1 1/2 weeks NYC
4 nights in LA (take the kids to Disney)


What age are your kids?  We just did 5 nights in NYC with 8yo DS and 11yo DD last April.   DD loved the museums etc, but DS hated pretty much everything.  Especially the crowds and the endless taxis/subways to get to our destinations.

#19 Fabulous

Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:15 PM

Your itinerary sounds great however I would also want to fly straight home after NYC, I definitely wouldn't want to go back to London. I have taken our 5 kids to all of those cities (2 separate trips). The Eurostar is great, much quicker than going through the airport. Only downside was that there was nobody to organise the luggage. DH ended up having to re-organise the entire carriages luggage as people were leaving it in the aisles. My favourite city for kids was London. There is heaps to do and nearly all of it was free.

We only ever got jet lag on our return home. DH never seems to get it though, probably  because he always gets up the next day to go to work. They say that if you try and follow the clock of the country that you land in then jet lag will be reduced.

Edited by Fabulous, 20 February 2013 - 10:20 PM.





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