Going away? Don’t forget to take your scooter.

With the summer fast approaching you may be thinking of what to take with you on holiday. If you have young children in tow and worried about how to keep them contented then taking their scooter could just be the option that you are looking for.  Apart from the thrills that kids get from scooting, they also benefit from getting fit, being outside and above all having a sense of independence.  All these things can really change the nature of a family holiday and you will be surprised just how much more as a family you can really do. 
It was two summers ago when we decided to take the children on a city break to Paris. Gabriel, our youngest son then aged 6, was full of energy and how we would keep him occupied, did worry me. With that in mind, and knowing we would be mainly enjoying Parisian life on foot, I decided to take his scooter with us.  I had thought if our plans all go horribly wrong and the children get unbearably fed up with a cultural walkabout, we could always brave the summer queues at Euro Disney. As it turned out we didn’t need the stardust of DisneyLand Paris as the children were perfectly happy. If we weren’t going underground to see the Catacombs of Paris, we were rushing in and out of galleries or simply on a coffee and ice cream crawl. This was all made possible because our youngest child was contented, zipping around on his scooter. It was great to see him scooting over many bridges that link the left and right banks together. We were able to stroll in parks; source out lovely restaurants for dinner and felt we could do so much more in one day. At last, retro family life was back in. Since then, Gabriel’s scooter has been a well travelled piece of kit and comes everywhere with us. Last summer we visited the Edinburgh Festival, and Gabriel enjoyed himself scooting zig zag style in between all the street artists. We are now packing his scooter with us for this summer’s trip.
Emma, my business partner mentioned this week that she was taking her children’s scooters to Cornwall for their annual summer break. Cornwall is situated in the rugged southern western tip of England and often gets the best of the UK’s weather. Emma says that scooting allows them to spend long family day trips outside making the most of the local summer daylight hours (not to mention getting in some surfing practice on the scooters!). She added, scooting makes going to the beach a breeze, as the children can be independent and scoot there. 
Whether you are braving a long haul flight with children or just a short hop the process of travel is the same. Delays at airports can happen regardless of your length of journey and these too can become easier if the children can scoot around airport terminals and release some energy. With your children happy, you too, can enjoy your flat white or even long black while its still hot! So if you’re off somewhere nice, safe travels and happy scooting!
Justinna Pank
White and Black Trading 
(This article first appeared in Urban Remedy, June 2016)



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