Going on a vacation with the entire family, including your kids, can be a real challenge – from deciding what destination and activities everyone will enjoy, preparing for the travel, handling tantrums during your vacation – the list goes on. So how do you deal with all these? The following tips will help make travelling with children more enjoyable and less-stressful for the entire family:
1. Choose a destination everyone will enjoy
Find a destination where there are historical sites, museums, and great views you can visit, as well as zoos, parks, swimming pools, and even toy and candy stores for the kids to enjoy. This way, every member of the family will enjoy.
2. Plan for a longer vacation stay
You have probably been planning for a month and packing up for some days, yet you only get to go on vacation for one or two days. That does not sound fair to you, does it? To make the best out of your vacation, plan for at least 4-5 days stay at your destination, especially when going miles away from home. This way, you’ll have plenty of time to go sight-seeing, shopping, and relaxing, without rushing.
3. Teach your kids the language
Make your trip with kids more enjoyable for them by teaching them the common words they can use while on vacation using the language of your destination. Teach them words like “good morning”, “hi”, “where’s the toilet”, “how much does this cost”, and more. You can do a little research on this and teach them days before you leave home. Surely your trip will be exciting for your kids.
4. Pack only what you need
Don’t make travelling more stressful by bringing tons of luggage. Make sure you pack only what you need. Maybe you and your spouse can manage a backpack you can individually bring and a luggage or two for the kids. Think of availing laundry services during your vacation and avoid bringing extra clothes that would mean extra luggage. Just do not forget your kid’s necessities, such as formula milk, basic medicines, a pack of small wet tissues (you can always buy some more in the grocery where you’re heading at), a bottle of water, some candies, and small toys or activity books. Don’t forget your passports and other important papers, too.
5. Stay in apartments
Instead of getting more rooms or staying at a usually expensive family suite in a hotel to accommodate the entire family, find an apartment with your preferred number of bedrooms. This is, of course, cheaper and you get to use the apartment’s kitchen, where you can prepare your own healthier and more affordable meals after doing some groceries. This would also be more comfortable for everyone, especially if your little one is prone to having tantrums while dining.
6. Save time and money in theme parks
Visiting theme parks can be surprisingly expensive and you’ll discover that there’s not enough time to go around the whole park. To save money, you can buy your tickets online ahead of time and find some coupons to avail of discounts. You can also buy some accessories for your kids before heading to the park to get away from buying similar items that are more expensive inside the park. To make the most out of your time in the park, get a list of activities and map. See the list of shows and rides and ask your kids what they like best. Head on to the their preferred shows and rides first before the others.
7. Keep your kids entertained
Whether you’re still travelling or you have already arrived at your destination, nothing will keep your kids at bay and helping you relax than keeping them entertained. Portable gaming, music, and movie devices are great ideas. You can also bring some of those little activity books they can use for plane rides or maybe a small ball or toy kids can use to play catch while seated at the train or bus. Just be sure they do not disturb other people.
8. Get your bored kids some goodies
When your kids get bored and tired from walking around and touring, don’t forget to recharge them by grabbing some goodies. Get them some ice cream or a slurpy or take them to a candy shop. You’ll see how these simple things do wonders to your tired kids. This is also helpful when your kid is having a tantrum or you see one coming up.
9. Learn how to avoid and manage your kid’s tantrum
Speaking of kids and tantrums, you can try to avoid this embarrassing situation by anticipating their needs. Make sure they get the sleep, rest, and food they need and when they need it. It also helps to put in order your sightseeing trips that will ensure your kids do not get bored. For example, your itinerary can include going to the museum, then the zoo, the national library, then the park, and so on. When your kid is having a tantrum, try to be as calm as possible when you talk to him. Try to distract him with a toy or anything you see around to cut short his tantrum, especially when you’re in public.
No vacation is perfect, so do not expect for one. For as long as you plan well and you know how to manage hitches along the way, you and your family will be enjoying your trip. Just be calm, be resourceful, and learn to just smile and accept some uncontrollable situations.
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