was born around the same time as my twin sister, maybe not in the most beautiful part of Germany, but in the happiest part of Germany – in the middle of the Rhineland! For me, family holidays used to consist of 2 to 3 week holidays during the summer on the German Baltic Sea or the Dutch North Sea coast.
On board in the VW Golf were my mum, my grandma and my beloved sister, with whom I once – much to the chagrin of the adult passengers – fought a few wrestling matches on the back seat. The rest of the time, however, we got along really well.
Even back then, my mum and grandma didn’t feel like travelling long distances; it was probably just too complicated for them. To this day, my mother prefers to travel by train and car; she only gets on a plane if we plan and organize everything in advance.
After all, I have gathered enough experience with (long-haul) air travel after graduating from high school and during my studies (Ethnology BA & Global Studies M.A.) on my way through Europe and to America, South Africa, Singapore, Bali and Thailand.
So during my school days we made the trip north together almost every year. From the Rhineland to the German or Danish Baltic coast, the drive (with traffic jams and construction sites) took 8-10 hours in the high season (after all, both were dependent on our school holidays).
In the past, mum and grandma would take turns driving, but today my boyfriend, sister or I take over a large part of the route when we go on a family holiday.
A family holiday does not always have to have the classic arrangement of mum, dad and child, but can also be a lot of fun in adulthood with parents, siblings and future sons-in-law. The needs may be different than when travelling with small children, but here too it is very important that different generations get their money’s worth.
In the meantime, I have become a mum myself and have been able to test holidays with babies on the Baltic and North Sea. Even if I’m not a beginner in this field, I can already look back on some unforgettable moments travelling with children of friends and relatives in and outside Europe.
Perhaps I would not describe myself as an expert, but as quite advanced for a holiday with babies and/or small children on car trips across Germany, on long-haul flights or on crossings from the North Island to the South Island in New Zealand.
I am a professional when it comes to family holidays with peers and older people and to promote the family familienurlaub.eu project. Here you could best describe me as an all-round talent when it comes to project management, organization, a tiny bit of technology and content.