Family vacations can be a very mixed experience for everyone involved. On one hand, you will all have a great trip and can finally spend some quality time together. On the other hand, though, traveling with young children can be very stressful, messy and filled with tears and a lot of sweating on mums part! If you can prevent tantrums and any tears, the vacation will go a lot smoother, but we don’t posses magic only a long standing life of trial and errors moments in which I have learned what NOT to do. So how can I teach you how to survive a big holiday vacation? It’s all in this blog post!
Keep Travel Down To A Minimum
Sometimes a lot of traveling can’t be helped. For example, if you are visiting family in Australia then you will have a very long flight to deal with! However, you can still try and keep travel around your destination down to a minimum. Kids can become moody and irritable if they are stuck in a car or a train for a very long time. If you need to travel a lot, like between places in the US, try and mix up how you travel. Switch between train and bus so the kids can have a change of scenery and be distracted by the different vehicles they experience. Variety is the spice of life and can also create a great distraction to get them from A to B. Plan well and plan close by.
Choose The Most Appropriate Accommodation
Maybe you shouldn’t be considering that 5-star boutique (I mean how will you have time to enjoy all it has to offer with ankle biters, pick something that will work to keep THEM happy. In turn you will find some peace) if you are going to have the kids with you. Instead, look at self-catering apartments. These are often perfect for families as they give you the chance to cook your own meals, which is great for the house of picky eaters, and will give you a bit more independence. If you are on a tight budget, this will be ideal for you. You’ll save a lot of money as you won’t need to eat out for every meal!
Don’t Plan Too Much
When you are on vacation with kids, it is best to be spontaneous rather than plan all your days out in full. You never know what kind of mood your kids will wake up in. Have ideas but nothing concrete. If one decides to have a tantrum, it could ruin all your plans. So just plan on going with the flow. Try to think of activities close to your accommodation for those times when the kids are just not having it.
Carry Plenty Of Snacks
Many of us deliberate for ages about which cafe or restaurant to try out while we are on vacation. However, you may not have so long to decide when you are traveling with children. As soon as hunger strikes, your kids could become agitated until you find them something to eat. If you aren’t quite ready to eat yet, or you’re not near anywhere good, always have some snacks in your bag. This will help to turn your children’s moods around and will give you some extra time to find a nice restaurant to eat in.
Traveling with kids doesn’t have to end up with you pulling your hair out. You just need to spend a bit more time thinking things through before you leave home!
What tips do you have for traveling with kids??