Vacation ideas with a 18 month old?

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In DC, looking for 5 - 7 days the end of this year.

Would like all inclusive or cruise, and cheap if possible.

What are the options to bring the little one along free,
and good location for family with toddler?

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Maybe you haven't received any response because many of us think it's silly to take an 18 month old on an all inclusive or cruise vacation. It's doubtful you, or the people around you, will enjoy it( especially on a cruise). IMHO, the child is even too young for Disney. I waited until my daughter was 2 before I took her to Disney and even that was borderline, even though she was very well behaved for a two year old. If you insist, go to Disney where you won't bother people who have paid a lot of money for a peaceful vacation.

ditto

way too young to bring on vacation

We vacationed with our kids when they were little. Toddlers love hands on stuff. My kids loved the beach at that age (still do). Maybe a coastal or lake vacation? Little ones usually like zoos and places like Sea World too. I think cruises and all-inclusives are a bit much for now, but choose a low key vacation and add a few toddler friendly activities and you should be fine.

skibum43 said: [Q]Maybe you haven't received any response because many of us think it's silly to take an 18 month old on an all inclusive or cruise vacation. It's doubtful you, or the people around you, will enjoy it( especially on a cruise). IMHO, the child is even too young for Disney.

I cannot agree more.

Avoid planes...any kid I have ever seen on a plane is either crying, screaming, yelling, whining, or annoying the passengers in some other way.

you want a vacation: leave the little one with grandma.

18 month-olds could care less. maybe they would enjoy something like sesame place.... but even that is high stimulation....


We have been taking our kids to the Carribean since they were eight months old. They have a great time, both A.I. and not. My recommendation is Grand Cayman (nice beaches, shopping and sea turtle farm), Aruba (Divi A.I.) is great, and Curacao, stay at the Marriott they have a great A.I. package and a little cove where your baby can play in the sand and water safely as well as a huge pool and grass on property to run around on. My kids love these vacations and with camcorders they can remember it by watching it. Good Luck.

Some people can't or don't want to leave their kids with other people. If you have a little kid, are you supposed to just stay home for 8 years and never go anywhere or do anything until they are deemed acceptable by others as old as enough to go on vacation? Yes, there are some kids who scream on airplanes, that doesn't mean they all do. But I imagine a good way to make a kid misbehave is to not expose them to anything because some people think it's a bad idea.

I just think everyone should use their own discretion. You know your child. If you can't take them to a nice resturant for 45 minutes and expect them to sit still...then don't take them on a 3 hour flight just because you want to go on a cruise. If you don't want to trade your time sitting on the beach for an afternoon of watching cartoons in a hotel room, then don't take them.

I've taken my daughter everywhere with me since she was a year old. I've never had a problem with her bing antsy or with a lack of things to do. I know, for example, if I visit someplace with a tour, that the tour is short, and if it's incredibly boring, I will reward her with an hour at the first playgoround we see. At the same time, I haven't flown for more than 4 hours because I know that would be too much for her, myself or others on a flight to handle. I haven't even taken her to Disney or Universal yet because I want her to be tall enough to get on all the rides. It's pretty logical. But it should be the parents' decision.

there are some all-inclusive resorts for families

Superclubs has one and I think it's called beaches. Sandals also has one I think. Pretty sure Atlantis in the bahamas is a family resort or has a family side. Just don't bring him to a couples only resort since they may not let you check in if you have a child.

My kids have been flying since they were little, and quite honestly they (and alot of kids I see) are better behaved on long flights than alot of the adults on the plane. My kids will sit and color or play with their leapster (hand held gameboy type thing). They only get up to use the bathroom. When they were little, I would bring their carseats and they would sleep most of the trip. We didn't do any long flights when they were toddlers because they'll only sleep so long...but they're 4 and 6 now and did great on our recent 7 hour flight.

I worked at Club Med for years and they take children that young. I think that it is alot of fun to take kids that age on vacation. I have 4 kids ages 7,5,3,and two age 1. We vacation twice a year. We fly once a year and people avoid us like the plague on the plane. I just laugh. My kids behave great. I prepare my kids for what to expect and the flight attendents always say at the end of the flight how wonderful my kids are. I think that the kids who don't behave are not properly prepared for the flight and I don't think that is their fault it is the parents fault. Enjoy your vacation where ever you decide to go. Check out the Club Med web site I know that they have been changing things around lately so I am not sure where they have the kid clubs now. Also even if you don't use the kids club for daycare that means they have alot of kid friendly stuff at the club- highchairs ect.

jamoswife said: [Q]I worked at Club Med for years and they take children that young. I think that it is alot of fun to take kids that age on vacation. I have 4 kids ages 7,5,3,and two age 1. We vacation twice a year. We fly once a year and people avoid us like the plague on the plane. I just laugh. My kids behave great. I prepare my kids for what to expect and the flight attendents always say at the end of the flight how wonderful my kids are. I think that the kids who don't behave are not properly prepared for the flight and I don't think that is their fault it is the parents fault. Enjoy your vacation where ever you decide to go. Check out the Club Med web site I know that they have been changing things around lately so I am not sure where they have the kid clubs now. Also even if you don't use the kids club for daycare that means they have alot of kid friendly stuff at the club- highchairs ect.

Of course it is the parents' fault. These are the same kids who run around stores and likely have no discipline in general.

It is great to have kids that behave...but I think most would agree that 9 out of 10 kids do not behave on a plane. I do not care who's fault it is, it is just annoying. Even worse when the parents don't even care and let it continue with no intervention. If you know your kids are not under control for whatever reason, do not subject a plane full of captive people to them.

The point has been made by others that as a parent you should know your childrens' limitations for travel and stimulation in general.

We have found that a large jogging stroller makes a world of difference when travelling with a little one. Just make sure you can fold it up. I bring a bungee cord to wrap around it to hold it together after folding. Then you can gate check it. The little ones can sleep in the stroller, you can keep them safe without carrying them and you can store stuff underneath.

Not all 18 month olds do poorly on flights!!! We flew from Atlanta Georgia to Phoenix Arizona and our 18 month old daughter did great! Our original flight from Indianapolis Indiana was cancelled. We were rerouted to Atlanta then to Phoenix. We spent the entire day trying to get there! She never even cried! I was the one with the migraine!

If you are considering Disney I would look at some websites: allears.net, disboards.com, mousesavers.com. The websites will give you great advice. The great thing about Disney is your baby gets in free! My son was pretty on the go when we went just before he turned 3 and he did great! It was my 6 year old that was a pain.

If you ever want to do a quick trip....we love indoor water parks! We took our son when he was 2 and he loved it! They have interactive areas for younger kids. It's fun that never gets rained out!

Good luck & have lots of fun!


You might also consider vacationing with another couple that has a toddler. The kids will have more fun and you can take turns at night babysitting so the couple can each get some alone time. You should think about renting a house or a condo in a resort area rather than going the hotel/motel route. Most will come with a washer/dryer which is a real plus to a family with young kids. Plus, the child(ren) don't have to sleep in your room <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0> You can get nicer accomodations for less money going that route.

My kids always traveled well, but, that was because we took their needs into consideration in the planning of the trips.

I think San Diego is a good destination for young kid. My family went
there with my 18 month daughter that time. Beautiful weather, alot of
fun places, zoo, sea world, lego land, beach. Whole family has a great time.


If you're looking for a vacation towards the end of the year, plan on mid to lower Florida where it's warm. I'd suggest the West Coast because the Gulf waters are warmer than the Atlantic.

With our 4 kids in tow we've taken many vacations. The best for young children have been the vacations where we a rented house with another family with kids, or gone camping and reserved a trailer/cabin at a campground. The other option is to find a motel/hotel effiency unit.

Three musts for little ones are having access to a
1. washer and dryer
2. kitchen
3. beach

We always found a house/campground with access to the ocean and trails. Kids love the water and beaches. Go on hikes, using a backpack baby carrier for your toddler. Plan a picnic along the way. Remember to be flexible because you want to enjoy being with your family.

Many campgrounds have a lot of fun organized activities for the kids and families. There are several places on the net where people leave feedback on campgrounds.

Most of all don't forget take a lot of pictures/movies and have a good time.



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