Real Parents’ Experiences : Martin And Robyn Diessner’s Luxury Around The World Trip With A Baby
Luxury Family Adventure
Martin and Robyn decided to embark on an amazing luxury family adventure, leaving their home town of Cape Town, South Africa to fly to over 12 countries in just under a year, with their little girl Ava. I interviewed Martin to find the low down on his experience and which airlines he preferred for family travel.
Carrie Bradley:”How old was Ava and how many countries did you visit?
Martin Diessner:”We left when she was 5 weeks old, and travelled for just under a year. If I remember correctly, she was on over 35 flights in her first year and visited more than 12 countries during that year of travelling.”
CB:”What airlines did you use and which was your favourite and why?”
MD: “Most of the trip was booked through Star Alliance and we travelled a fair bit on Lufthansa which was great, especially on long-haul. We found them accommodating and helpful. The best part with Lufthansa is their German lounges or in fact the First Class terminal in Frankfurt – its more like a hotel including a massive spa/bath centre which Ava enjoyed a lot! Inter-European travel sucks pretty much on every airline, as the seats even in business class are very narrow, and there is usually no First Class.
MD:”Not really – we decided on Star Alliance as they have a super comfortable booking engine and had a great offer for around the world trip – 2 adults and 1 infant for one year with 14 stops or so for just under $40k.”
CB: “Did you use the airline bassinets or the aircraft seats for Ava? Which worked out better and why?”
MD: With Lufthansa the bassinet was perfect, although we got lucky that first class was not always fully booked, so in the end Ava was given a spare seat or even full size bed at many occasions. With both she slept very well.”
MD: “Bottle of course. On the early part of the trip, she was so small so didn’t need many toys or much entertaining. The rest was all available on the plane -plenty of “new” stuff from the seat itself that a baby loves exploring and in some cases even ‘taking apart’!
“Even if you don’t breastfeed, use this as an excuse for long immigration queues.”
CB:”Would you do it again?”
MD: “Yep, although now we have another one and a third one in the making. The more children, the more hectic travelling is. The attraction of foreign
countries to them is probably less important at younger ages, then when they can actually experience other cultures and places properly. The beaches in South Africa are as nice (if not nicer) than those elsewhere, so at the moment we lie low and rather have the kids enjoy their (15!!) cousins around.”
Flying with more than one child? Then read Selina’s guide to flying with four under 8 years old!