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07/08/2015

Stress Free Family travel with #BlueyByKLM + Giveaway



Travelling can be stressful at the best of times and when you have children in tow things can quickly go downhill if you are not prepared but there are a few simple things you can do to ease the stress and help make sure your holiday is full of laughter rather than tears. As you may remember last year we were lucky enough to travel with KLM from our local airport Cardiff International to Schiphol as part of their #KLMFlyLocal campaign which encourages families to travel from smaller local hubs such as Bristol, Norwich, Leeds (to name a few) - thus cutting out the added stress of carting small children through larger airports such as London and Manchester as well as cutting down your travel time.



I know for us personally we found the whole experience incredibly positive and something we would highly recommend as it meant no rushing as we were at the airport in less than half an hour and the whole process from checking in to boarding the plane was easy and stress-free. As it was such a short flight we were there in no time but had we travelled to London we would have tripled our travel time and with small children that is something you really want to avoid. We are hoping to take the kids to my hometown of Cape Town, South Africa one day and when we do we know we will board at Cardiff and go via Schiphol which is a real hub to the rest of the world, turning even a long flight into a more manageable one.


What also really impressed us was from the moment we checked in the staff were friendly, reassuring and made Mr A feel at ease, even when he was struggling with his ears during the descent and despite it being a small plane their customer service was second to none. KLM also have a family mascot – Bluey who is the happy little blue airplane who stars in his own little animation, do go and check it out.





Another tip to keeping kids happy is getting them involved with the packing, allow them to pick what they want to take on holiday, just make sure to include their favourite toy as this can help ease any homesickness they may have. Having a “special” suitcase or backpack can also add to the excitement and we are not only huge fans of the Trunki but have used one for the past two years and Mr A loved that he has his own bag and the fact they can jump on and you can wheel them around airport terminals is a major bonus as tired jet-lag children are no fun but will rarely decline a ride on a Trunki. So I am very excited to offer my readers the chance to win one of two limited edition #BlueyByKLM Trunkis for your next family adventure.




The competition is for UK residents only, ends the 16th August 2015. There will be two winners picked at random, each will win a limited edition Bluey Trunki, prizes cannot be exchanged for anything else.


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154 comments:

  1. I would like to fly to Turkey with KLM

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  2. I've never flown from Cardiff but this sounds fab! So much less hassle. Great giveaway too! I'd love to fly to Berlin!

    Lyd x electricSUEDE

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  3. joanna butler-savage7 August 2015 at 13:36

    definitely Lisbon - never been

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  4. i've never been abroad, but i loved helping pack for UK holidays when i was little!

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  5. I would love to fly to Lanzarote

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  6. Probably Berlin. We've looked at Bluey too - cute little films.

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  7. Orlando.

    Rachel Craig

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  8. The trunkies look good for carrying around the airport. It makes travel a lot less stressful for kids x

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  9. USA - particularly Miniapoli .....Minnieapple.....Minnieapolly ....Dallas ;)

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  10. Florida, to go bird watching in the Everglades

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  11. I still want to go to Amsterdam, the Netherlands after reading your post. :-) Wow, what a cool Trunki! x

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  12. I love KLM, they are such a cheery, professional airline. Cool Trunkis too!

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  13. I would love to go to San Francisco!

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  14. I loved hanging out in Amsterdam with you guys on the fly local campaign! x

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  15. The Netherlands

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  16. To visit America for me would be a dream x

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  17. America.
    glenka@hotmail.co.uk

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  18. Would love to take my children to America with KLM

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  19. Orlando - have always wanted to travel there.

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  20. anywhere in America ive never been before so would love to go!

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  21. Singapore

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  22. I've always wanted to go to Canada - would be a dream come true x

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  23. USA, would love to travel with KLM

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  24. Curacao...............................x

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  25. I'd love to fly to New York, New York!

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  26. Lynsey Buchanan8 August 2015 at 20:13

    Portugal

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  27. Australia. To visit relatives we haven't seen in such a long time would be AMAZING!

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  28. Australia - I would love to see the Uluru rocks.

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  29. oops I entered and didn't reaize it was for UK residents :(

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  30. Florida,it looks so exciting with so much o do and see x

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  31. Malta! Such a beautiful Country!

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  32. Singapore sounds fantastic! It would a fascinating country to visit and explore!

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  33. My mum loves KLM. She flew with them to Rwanda to visit a friend who is teaching out there and has been singing their praises ever since.

    I would love to go to Kigali!

    EJ Dunn

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  34. i would love to go to Australia!

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  35. The good old USA, LA would be nice x

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  36. I'd love to scroll through the list and see where it lands! Too many amazing places to go. Cambodia sounds fab tho! Great competition :)

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  37. Paris is one of my favourite places in the world so I'd love to go back there.

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  38. Australia, definitely!

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  39. Australia to visit family members I have never met.

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  40. Think i'll copy you and go to Amsterdam!

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  41. I'd like to visit Sydney, Australia to visit my daughter

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  42. Tokyo I went as a tiny girl would love to take my family

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  43. Australia would be my dream place to travel to x

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  44. I have family out in California, would love to take my daughter out to visit them

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  45. I want to go back to Portugal, so Lisbon!

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  46. Kelly Summerfield15 August 2015 at 07:23

    Orlando!

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  47. I would love to go to the Maldives

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  48. New Zealand has been a dream for a long time

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  49. I really want to go to India!

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  50. I'd choose to fly to Lima in Peru.

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  51. Amsterdamm . Flew with klm to Nairobi via Amsterdam a few years back but didn't get to spend any time exploring Amsterdam.

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  52. Thailand i'd love to visit maya beach :D

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  53. Would love to see the stunning scenery in Iceland

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  54. Germany to visit friends & see where my Dad was born.

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  55. I'd really love to visit Amsterdam

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