Welcome to the new Sunday feature on my blog The Officer Wife Series Travel & Cruise Tips Q & A. As you know I travel the world on a cruise ship with my husband who is an officer on a cruise ship. This is why I thought this would be a fun Sunday feature with my friends that also are officer wives.
This week we will feature Julie. Julie is originally from the USA and she travels with her husband onboard and their two children. She has been travelling onboard for years and even travelled when her children were babies. She is an expert in cruising and travelling with kids.
Let’s see what travel and cruise tips she has for you.
What is your favourite place in the world?
I favour certain places more than others usually due to special memories, but to single out one particular place in the world – no. I don’t have a favourite place because I don’t think that I have explored every place that I want to go to and I keep my mind open to new experiences.
What is your favourite cruise?
I adore the Caribbean in February and March, the weather is perfect. It is an incredible escape and the crowds are less. However, I don’t think I will ever get tired of the natural beauty of Alaska on a summer day. The adventurer in me will always favour the exotic cruises because there is so much to see and do.
What is your favourite part of cruising?
The ease of it! Arrive and unpack once then enjoy. You can make a cruise what you like, the ability to customise your vacation and the pleasure of travelling with family. So many of the stresses associated with travel have been removed, so a group can ebb and flow together as they chose.
How many countries have you been to?
I don’t really keep track, more than 50 less than 100.
What are the beauty products that you cannot travel without?
Anything in a tube!!! I find it easier to travel with things in tubes- they take up less space and are very convenient.
Do you have any packing tips?
The earlier I begin to prepare for a trip the better I pack. Less is more, I make my selections and then edit, edit, edit and reduce. I commit to either brown or black shoes, but never both. For every pant, skirt, or short I pack two coordinating shirts. One additional item in case it is hotter than I expect, generally a t-shirt or tank top that can be layered with other items. And one item in case it is cooler than I expect because I hate to be cold, this item is generally a versatile coloured cashmere sweater. I have a navy blue 3/4 length trench coat that has travelled many miles and never fails me!
What are your tips for travelling with children?
Snacks, snacks and more snacks. It really depends on the age of the child but I have found special treats and surprises to be helpful on long hauls. My children made their first transatlantic flights at 3 months old. Skip ahead 10 years later and they are my favourite travelling companions, I would go anywhere in the world with them.
Do you keep healthy or eat what you like when travelling onboard?
I have successfully dieted and lost weight onboard during extended stays. The choice is yours and there are healthy items and indulgent foods to chose from. When visiting a buffet I select the smallest plate available and generally limit myself to one “treat” a day.
Do you exercise when onboard, if so what you do to keep fit?
Yes, I like to visit the gym onboard and try some of the classes on offer.
What do you do with your time onboard?
Read, relax by the pool and enjoy!!!!
I hope you enjoyed reading the first Officer Wife Series with Julie. She offered some great cruise tips and next week you can read more Q & A’s with another officer wife.
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Love Lucy x