|View from my peaceful (single) room|
- Flying without having to entertain a small child is incredibly peaceful. You don't appreciate it, of course, until you've had to spend numerous flights with a baby or a toddler (or perhaps both) but no matter how well-behaved Mr3 was on our recent long haul flights, the peace of having nobody else to look after other than yourself is incredible. In my case, it was a luxury to pull out my computer and get a dozen blog posts drafted between Perth and the Gold Coast and back - others will love the luxury of a movie or a book or simply just sitting quietly.
- You can wake up naturally, without a three-year-old telling you it's breakfast time. I know there are parents out there with children who sleep later than mine but it has been almost four years since I could just sleep until I wanted to wake up. I had forgotten what it feels like to wake up, wonder what time it is, have a look, and then decide to roll over for a bit more sleep, even though the sun's already up. Bliss.
- Nobody steals your food. And you can eat a sweet treat without hiding in the corner because you don't want your toddler to eat said sweet treat.
- On the plane, you can sit in the extra-space emergency exit row. You're not allowed to sit there with a child - the people in that row, you know, have to be physically capable of wrenching the door over the wing open in the case of an emergency - so this was an incredible luxury. So much leg space! Wonderful!
- An airport delay just means you have a bit more reading and writing time. An airport delay with a toddler is Bad News, but as a solo traveller - it's just a small hitch. (Yes, I had a two-hour delay when the toilets on the plane I had boarded were deemed irreparable).
- You can put your lipstick on before you leave your accommodation because you won't be attacked by a toddler wanting (to give and receive) lots of big kisses. (Okay, I kind of missed the big kisses.)
|Zigazag's Jo Castro and I all dressed up, with somewhere to go, on the Gold Coast|
What's your favourite part about leaving the kids at home every once in a while?