How did anyone travel with tots before Airbnb?!

Hotel rooms just don’t work travelling with a tot. When you’re all bundled into one room together your evening is over once your wee one nods off.  Although you’re not going to be partying the night away and probably up for an early night anyway, not so early that you can’t enjoy that precious moment when your wee one is successfully put down for the night, with a glass of wine on the terrace or a doze in front of Netflix. Remember you’re on holiday too! Furthermore, with a wee one in tow each day requires some planning to accommodate suitable activities and the ever important nap, and once your wee one is asleep this is often the only time you’ll have to plan for the next day.

On our big trip, we stayed almost exclusively in AirBnb properties, only opting for hotel rooms where some economising was required for a one night stopover. Having your own space with a separate living area and kitchen is invaluable when travelling with tot.

Using the Airbnb filter ‘Family/Kid Friendly’ a world of options become available. That said, there are some shortcomings in the Airbnb search functionality that could make the hunt for the perfect property easier. Most notably, a filter for ‘Bath’ would be awesome, and ‘Garden’ too. These seem like obvious amenities to include a search for when you can even filter for ‘Shampoo’, ‘Hangers’ and ‘Indoor Fireplace’!

We also made a few bookings through Kid & Coe. Same principle as Airbnb but specialising in ‘family friendly’ properties (see review), although I think we would stick to Airbnb in future.