At the tender age of ten-years-old Mia Cole has travelled the world; she and her siblings Angus (7) and Annabel (3) currently live in Sydney, Australia, but the family has been all over Europe from England to Spain, France to Poland as well as Singapore and Hong Kong. Mia would love to go to the USA, she tells suitcases&strollers, if only those pesky customs queues weren’t so long. Here are her tips for how to travel with kids and have the perfect family holiday, from a child’s perspective.
How often do you travel?
I travelled a lot before I was four years old because I was lucky and was born in Scotland. I travel less now because Australia is so far away from places. [Now I travel] about every 3 months because that is when school holidays are. I visit family in other states and go to other places in Australia.
What do you like about travelling?
Going to new places, spending time with my family and trying new things. Oh, and TV on the plane!
What don't you like about travelling?
I don't like customs. It is very, very boring.
I also don't like early morning flights much at all.
Where has been your favourite place to holiday?
I love Scotland. I love it because I was born there and I have many memories there. [Mia was born in Dundee and lived there until just after her fourth birthday.] When I go back I get to see all my friends again. I think other children should go there because mainland Scotland is fun and interesting. It is also very fun to explore the Scottish Isles. I stayed in a lighthouse on the Isle of Skye and there was a huge storm.
Are there any holidays that you've been on that you didn't like?
Last July we went to stay in another lighthouse at Seal Rocks. That was amazing. But we then went to Nelson Bay [New South Wales, Australia]. I did not like Nelson Bay; it was very touristy and had been spoilt by all the buildings. The south side of Port Stephens was better – it was beautiful.
I also really loved Hong Kong but we had a few mishaps there. My little brother Gus cried all night and every night because of jet lag. I also got my foot caught in the escalator. It ripped my Croc and swallowed half of it.
Is there somewhere you regularly go on holidays?
Every summer we go to Low Head on the north coast of Tasmania, Australia. My grandparents have a beach house there and I get to swim and kayak all day long.
What is the best thing you've ever seen or done on holidays?
One of my favourite things was sandboarding at Anna Bay [in Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia] but my most favourite thing was travelling to the Isle of Isla on the west coast of Scotland with my best friend Isla and her family. We travelled by ferry and stayed 10 nights.
What is the worst thing you've ever seen or done on holidays?
Customs (again!). It is a long line and there is no point to it. It is really boring.
What do you think you get out of travelling that you don't get when you stay at home?
You get to explore new places, try new foods and meet new people. You also get to spend time with your family.
If you could plan the perfect holiday, where would it be and what would you do?
I would go all over the world and do all the things people recommend. I would go to LEGOLAND for my brother and Peppa Pig World for my sister.
What are the three best things that make a great holiday for kids?
Swimming, spending time with your family and having fun.
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