When you picture yourself on holiday you might be relaxing on a tropical island beach or navigating the cobblestone streets of an ancient city. What you don’t want to think about is your kids throwing a tantrum or causing a scene in an idyllic holiday location.
Of course, unexpected problems can always arise when you are travelling with children, and you are going to need to consider more factors than the carefree couple sitting across from you on the plane. However, this does not mean you should give up on enjoying a relaxing vacation. If you make the appropriate plans, you can minimise the need for any stressful moments.
Planning ahead is always a good idea when you are travelling with young children. You don’t want to find yourself without accommodation or lost in a foreign city with toddlers in tow.
Don’t forget to bring some entertainment
Take advantage of modern technology and take a tablet for your child to enjoy movies, games, or even a book. Although we may frown on the overuse of technology these days, it can be a great way to keep the kids occupied.
Pack for the weather
Don’t go on holiday unprepared. Make sure you know the kind of climate you are travelling to and pack spare clothes just in case it is colder/warmer than expected.
Keep the kids busy during long car trips
If your destination involves covering a few kilometres on the highway, go prepared with plenty of car games in mind. Classics like “I Spy” will keep the kids entertained for awhile. VroomVroomVroom can help you find the perfect rental car for your holiday. Check out our article on keeping kids entertained on long road trips for some more ideas.
Plan for long flights
Don’t spend too much time napping before a long flight, as it will be far more relaxing for you if the kids decide to sleep during the journey. Try not to overpack so you are not struggling with huge suitcases as well.
Keep an eye out for discounted family deals
Take advantage of family pricing at certain attractions. You can also save money on public transport in some cases by buying a family ticket.
Find child-friendly accommodation
Many resorts cater to children, ensuring there are appropriate safety features installed in the room. They often also host kids clubs which can be a great option for keeping the kids occupied while you enjoy a minute of peace.
In all likelihood you will experience those moments where you regret that you ever decided to book the holiday to the beach. Or you may wonder why on earth you thought eight hours in the car was a good idea. Before you start screaming, remember to keep calm – you are on holiday. And don’t forget to take advantage of those kids clubs!
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