If you love travel as much as I do, then at some point you may find yourself travelling as a family – we’ll be on the road next month for a family vacation – and can’t wait. Travelling with children is certainly a different experience, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a stressful one. Indeed, showing your children new places and cultures can be one of best ways to spend your vacations – here’s a few tips for making sure your trip runs smoothly.
If you have to make a long journey, either by car or plane or even boat, then make sure you have packed a few bits to keep the kids entertained. Children become restless when they are bored (we’ve all been there)- heck, long journeys can be painful for adults too. Even if you are restricted to hand luggage, a couple of their favourite books, toys or games and especially snacks can prove essential during along-haul flight.
Make sure to also plan plenty of activities for the children, that they will enjoy during your vacation. You might enjoy wandering around art galleries, or browsing diamond rings at world-famous department stores, but young children are likely to become bored, which may lead to them being disruptive (all right – annoying). Instead, visit a number of child-friendly locations and attractions to keep them entertained during your travels. The more fun they are having, the more you are likely to enjoy yourself as well.
If your children are old enough, encourage them to learn as much about the place which you have taken them to as possible. It can sometimes be a good idea to invest in an inexpensive camera, so they can enjoy taking their own holiday snaps, or help them to send postcards to their friends at home. Once you’ve done it a few times, you’re more than likely to discover travelling with children isn’t quite as daunting an experience as you might have imagined it to be!
Can’t wait to hop on a plane and get our family vacation started.