FREQUENT FLYER: LYNETTE BOLTON

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That moment you’ve realised you’ve run out of nappies/formula/dummies just before a flight? Lynette Bolton, The Sunday Telegraph columnist, Ch 7 commentator, event stylist and mother of two, has been there… and blessedly lived to tell the tale.

 

Favourite family holiday destination: “Hamilton Island, Queensland, without a doubt! It is one easy flight and once you are there everything is at your fingertips. It has a stack of activities for the kids as well as a great Kids Club. Even though we keep going back we never get tired of the place and we know that as the kids get older they can enjoy more of the island activities.”

 

Favourite kid-friendly hotel: “We enjoy staying at the Reef View Hotel with the kids where we book adjoining rooms to make life easier for everyone. The rooms are incredibly spacious and having breakfast included each morning is a great bonus – there is nothing the kids (and Jude!) love more than a buffet. The kids also eat dinner for free which is another way they accommodate families so wonderfully. On our most recent stay we did stay at the Yacht Club Villas for a change which were divine! They are big, beautiful villas. Even though food is your own responsibility when staying here the cooking facilities are great – and really who needs an excuse to hit the restaurants?”

Reef View

Reef View

Yacht Club Villas

Yacht Club Villas

Your ‘don’t miss’ acvivity: “You must head to Whitehaven Beach. I believe that you won’t see a beach nearly as beautiful in the entire world. Is is a great place for the kids to run around and have a swim, collect shells and make sandcastles. The sand is so white and fine they will never tire of playing in it.”

Must avoid: “Hamilton Island plays host to a lot of sporting events (Race Week, Hamilton Island Tri etc) so the Island gets quite congested on occasion. If you are after a quieter holiday then it is best to book at other times.”

Race Week

Race Week

Must dine: “Our favourite please to eat would have to be Coca Chu and our favourite place to have a drink is either the Yacht Club or One Tree Hill. All three are kid-friendly but if you’d like the night off, the Kids Club also do evening babysitting.”

Coca Chu

Coca Chu

One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill

Best family friendly travel advice ever recieved: “Don’t worry about what anyone else is thinking. Chances are they aren’t even paying any attention to what your children are doing – even if your little ones are having a breakdown! Most people will understand, having ‘been there, done that’.”

Fail-safe entertainment trick for little ones: “This sounds bad but the DVD player and iPad for Siarra (3). She is at the age where she will quite happily sit and play a game or watch a movie with her headphones. Piper (seven months) is a little more difficult to entertain for long trips but we try and book travel so that she will sleep for at least a portion of it.”

Three items you’d never travel without: “Lip Balm – my lips get so dry on flights and in air-conditioning; a phone charger because I would have a slight heart attack if I ran out of phone battery (!); and my camera because I love looking back on photos of our travels.”

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All-time favourite beauty products for travel: “Moisturiser and water hydration spray. Travelling can be so dehydrating!”

Travel essentials you always pack for the kids: “Siarra has a special ‘Siarra’ blanket that she never goes anywhere without. Also, I always also pack enough clothes to last them a lifetime and all weather conditions which is always completely over the top! I would never leave the house without dummies and formula for Piper and for Siarra a stack of books, DVDs and her DVD player.”

Biggest lie told to get ‘me time’ on holidays: “Haha to the kids or to my husband? Probably to the kids that Mummy had to do a little bit of work and she needed some quiet time – more likely to find me in the spa, at the bar or in the pool!”
 
Best thing about travelling with kids: “There is never a dull moment! I also love that everything is so new and exciting, no matter how many times they have been somewhere or done something before. It’s great to see things through their enthusiastic eyes.”

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Worst thing: “It can all turn on it’s head in a matter of seconds! No matter how prepared you think you are.”

Biggest kid-related holiday disaster: “Not packing enough formula or dummies for a flight that was delayed. We ran out before the flight took off and didn’t have any ‘soothing’ bottles for the flight. Siarra was about twelve months and at the age where she was just ‘spitting the dummy’ literally. Now – I travel with about three spare serves of formula and a spare pack of dummies!”

Must-read for next holiday: “Anything by Gabby Bernstein. I have started listening to her webinairs and seminar recordings and I can’t get enough. I don’t think you can ever have enough love or miracles in your life so I really love her work.”

You can catch Lynette on her blog lynettecarrollbolton.com.au and at LCB Productions, her wedding and boutique event styling and planning company.

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