Booking flights with a small child

This was to be the first time travelling with a small child long haul. On longer flights you can book a bassinet – basically a shoebox attached to the wall with a blanket. Handy if you want to eat / drink unencumbered, not handy if you have a Dutch length boy (check the lengths).

Now the annoying part. I try to book the flights with KLM and tick the box saying travelling with a small baby etc. You’re then prompted to make the booking and after call to reserve the bassinet. As there is only 1 direct flight per day I wanted to make sure we would get the bassinet before paying for my flights. Summary of my conversation below:

[Phones KLM]

'Well Sir, you need to book the flight first then we can make a request for the bassinet, which takes up to 3 days'

'But what if I book the flight and there's no bassinet available?'

'You have to take a different flight'

'Ok, and will you refund me if the bassinet is not available?'

'...no, you have to take a different flight. What I can do for you Sir is make a temporary booking for 3 days while we request the bassinet'

I go for that option, call 2 days later but cannot get through as there are high winds over Amsterdam (the phone just hangs up when I call). I phone back the next day and they’ve annoyingly cancelled my reservation. I make the reservation again and call back the next day and they confirm so I try and pay, only to be cut off halfway through, so have to call back once again and explain everything.

Summary

It took me 5 days to book return flights to Tokyo. So this is what travelling with kids is like… shiiiittt!

New beginnings...

Prior to moving to Amsterdam I'd moved around a fair bit with no particular aim (other than to climb / travel / work). I took down my old blog as it was very climbing centric and having had a life changing accident in Canada I decided to take a step back from pushing my limits on rock. I still love, love, love the sport but think i've consciously and unconsciously decided the risks weren't worth it for me - more so now i've got a family.

So, onto new beginnings. 

I moved to Amsterdam with the financial support of a London based job in my back pocket, to help pay the inflated Dutch rental prices. I've always been interested in photography but decided earlier this year I would try and follow my passion more seriously. So upon returning from a month in Japan in May I left behind the comfort of a salary and embraced the freelancer life! 

There have been so many interesting experiences centred around photography and travel that I wanted to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) and record these experiences as it seems something new and exciting is happening each week. 

I hope you enjoy! 

Andrew