Getting excited for your family’s next big trip? Sometimes, though, travel can be stressful, especially with young children. Here are some tips to make your trip go more smoothly.
A few days before you depart, try to remind your children of the trip and let them see how excited you are about it. This will help them prepare for a change in their routine and for being in a new place.
Discuss the Itinerary Together
Set aside some time beforehand to have a few family meetings to decide on what you will do during your trip. That way, the kids can play a role in deciding what they see and do on the trip, which will make them feel more involved.
Less Travel Time is More
When choosing a destination, it may be best to choose somewhere close by, that doesn’t involve an hours-long trip in the car. A better bet is to take a short flight or car trip to accommodate kids patience with having to sit still for extended periods of time.
Pack Some Toys
If your children are small, chances are they have some toys that they will want to take with them. Let them take a few of their favorites, but draw the line at taking the whole toy chest.
Keep It Family Friendly
When looking for a hotel for your family, make sure you go with a place that caters to families and children. You don’t want to show up at a party hostel with your children in tow. Instead, there are plenty of holiday deals that offer a family-friendly space with fun for all ages.
During your holiday, make sure to go out and get some fresh air. Go on a hike, take a canoe trip, visit an archaeological site or climb a mountain; anything to get some exercise. Cyprus holidays, for example, have great options for outdoor time. Not only will these activities tire everybody out, but they will also be good quality time.
Leave the Video Games at Home
Take a holiday from screen time. Since there are plenty of new things to see and do, your children won’t even miss their gadgets, hopefully.
Make it Educational
You can also spend some time learning about the place where you will be travelling. You can visit a museum, try some local food, or take a short class.
Make sure to Include Kid-Friendly Activities
While there is no shortage of things to do on holiday, you should make it a priority to do some activities that the kids will like, such as visiting a playground, a water park, or even a meal at McDonalds. That way, they can do some things that are just fun and can be like special treats.
Don’t Forget Some Down-Time
Finally, after all the fun don’t forget to schedule some quiet time. That way, everybody can get some time to recharge and relax.
Great travel posts from some of my favourite bloggers:
- Mark Warner Holidays at Cambridge Mummy
- Mari’s World has tips for visiting Legoland Windsor
- Penny from Parentshaped took the family for a weekend in North Norfolk
- A family cruise for Mum of One
- Kate Takes 5 reviews Lapland holidays
- Center Parcs review at Actually Mummy
- Life as Alice shares some facts about Sri Lanka