Learn some tips, advice and invaluable knowledge for new parents, such as planning family holidays.
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Nina Sebastiane: Welcome back to Baby Talk on the Baby Channel. I'm Nina Sebastiane. We are talking today about holidays and joining me now to advice us on ideal holiday destinations to take the little ones off is travel journalist and mother of one, Sarah Tucker. Hello! Welcome to the show. Sarah Tucker: Hello! Nina Sebastiane: So, you have written lots of books about traveling with toddlers traveling with children, what's the must do tip for anybody wanting to go with their kids? Sarah Tucker: I think it depends, first of all, what sort of parent you are, and obviously the age of the child. And my son, Tom is now seven but I remember when I was pregnant with him, I got very excited because I was a travel journalist then but I was very much into adventure travel. And I thought my days with traveling would be over. And I had quite a few colleagues who were family travel experts. And I contacted to them and saying I'm going to have a child, where do I go? And then said, well, wait for four years, about three-four years and then you will have the kids clubs in the hotels but really it's so do I stay in the UK. Nina Sebastiane: Really! Sarah Tucker: Yeah, and I thought no, I don't want to do that. I want to travel. I wouldn't say that I would go tracking to India with my child especially as a baby. But I wanted to research a lot more about it. And I -- so what I did was I started off in a very gentle way. I just sort of like when he was about two weeks old, I just went up to London and when his head was no bigger than sort of like a tennis ball, and really started to travel around the world and I wrote the book, Have Baby, Will Travel as a result of it simply because I thought that if you start traveling with children of very, very young age, when they were baby -- they do, they do and it becomes very, very natural and they realize that traveling long hold traveling by air is boring. So I think it's really -- if you start young, not only it will get your children engaged to traveling and being good travelers, it will also get you engaged as a parent. Because I think, I interviewed thousands of parents with the Have Toddler Will Travel book and a lot of I think was about over 1,500 toddlers, which was a very interesting experience because toddlers are very honest. Nina Sebastiane: Yes, there are different officials together than babies, aren't there? Sarah Tucker: Well, yes. It goes from the sublime experience of traveling with a baby where I do little hours than sleep, eat, and poo basically. Nina Sebastiane: And you do have all the kid that you have to take care -- Sarah Tucker: Yes, yes. Nina Sebastiane: That's the thing that drives me crazy about kids though, about babies. Sarah Tucker: Then again I was - and a lot is said about breastfeeding and I am sure you have done a lot about breastfeeding in the channel. When you travel, breastfeeding really comes into its own because the baby is taking all the antibodies of your milk and it's very, very simple. Nina Sebastiane: And it's very sterilizing, it's no packets. Sarah Tucker: But the only, only problem and I encountered this when I was in the UK, is that breastfeeding in public when you go overseas it's fine in this country, you know it sucks. Nina Sebastiane: Exactly. It depends on where you are going. For example, if you are going past to an Arabic country then you know that might be a little bit more difficult. Sarah Tucker: But I certainly found when I was researching the books is that as soon as you leave this country, the attitude towards children, towards traveling with children and traveling with babies, it's brilliant, it's wonderful. And in the book called I have listed the best short hold destinations and long hold destination because I think, I think it's the journey that scares a lot of parents. Nina Sebastiane: Let's touch on that Sarah, because, you know, within this, I am just filling out couple of things, top-ten toddler friendly countries, places like Por