Traveling alone is already a stressful and tiring activity, especially if it’s a long journey to reach the destination. However, bringing kids into the picture is an entirely different kind of a mess. That said, if you’re traveling with children soon, here are five tips to have an easier trip with them:
Visit kid-friendly venues
Always research the nearest carnival or amusement park near your hotel. Doing so will actually help you plan your itinerary including a fun place for the kids. This makes the trip for them more enjoyable and more bearable, especially if the plan is to visit places that are not fun for kids like restaurants or museums.
At least try to balance the serious and calm spots with entertaining and chaotic ones. However, don’t stuff your schedule with just adventure centers. Once again, balance it. You can also go to interactive museums so they learn and play as well.
Keep your promises
Adults are great in making promises to each other and not keeping it the second they forget about them. However, do not do this to children. They always expect you to keep your pinky-promise.
So if your kid is continuously asking you to go to Disneyland or the zoo, say no. Don’t say yes if you don’t even plan in doing it. That is why when you promise to go to a pet shop in Los Angeles, set a time to do it. Again. Do NOT break your promises to the children.
Yes, it is obvious. Gadgets are the best invention that keeps the youth silent and behave. However, if you are going to a new country or a different location than usual, isn’t it great to see the famous tourist spots and get some fresh air (if any)?
Kids are not kids forever. Instead of gluing themselves to the screens of their iPads or smartphones, take them to the park and play with other children. Not only are they moving and running, but it also helps in developing their socializing skills such as talking to others and being kind and friendly to everyone.
Follow the same routines
This is very difficult to do since being in a different place already shakes your entire routine. However, kids are designed to follow specific steps that will trigger, for example, their sleepiness or hunger. As much as possible, wherever you are, follow the same routine.
Familiarity is great for kids since it will help them be more mindful of the time and place, even if it is different from the usual ones at home. In this way, you will not get stressed when it comes to making them go to sleep or to eat their food.
Keep it simple
With kids traveling with you, expect that not everything will go into the plan, especially if they are in that stage that they love to break rules and throw tantrums regardless of the place. If that is the case, be always prepared. Avoid extraneous activities like hiking or mountain climbing (unless you are really strong to carry them most of the way). Go to spots that are great and amazing for kids and adults as well.
All in all, it is awesome to be able to afford to travel with babies and toddlers and children. But do not forget that this is still a vacation. Do not stress too much, be prepared at all times, and enjoy the family bonding. Always remember that being together with your family will make your adventure happier and a lot more fun.