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Travel is a fantastic way for your kids to learn more about the world and also develop an appreciation for exploration. However, travelling with kids is never as easy as you first believe, and even if you have the most well-behaved children in history (congratulations), there’s still the risk that they will get restless during your trip.
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Many parents accept this as an inevitability, but this is accepting defeat before you’ve even kicked off. Instead, you need to understand how you can make the trip as comfortable and straightforward as you can to ensure they stay happy and you stay sane. If you’ve got a trip with your kids on the horizon, keep on reading, you could find some of this advice useful.
Keep Them Occupied
While you’re focusing on which turn to take next or trying to navigate the traffic on the motorway, your kids will have very little to do, and sooner rather than later, they will start to get antsy, fidgety, and frustrated.
You can prepare for this by ensuring you have something to keep them occupied during the boring parts of the journey. No one likes taking a long car, bus or plane journey, so make sure you pack their bags full of some form of entertainment.
This can be their favourite book (as long as they don’t get car sick), the iPad or portable games console, or even keeping their mind occupied by asking them to keep track of something, whether it’s yellow cars, funny street names, or wildlife you pass along the way.
Have a Backup Plan
No matter how much you might prepare, there is always the chance that something will go wrong. Your flight might be delayed, the hotel may have double-booked you, or you might experience a flat tyre and are stranded in the middle of nowhere.
When any of these problems occur, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and panic. However, this doesn’t do you or your kids any good, so a backup plan is a must.
Preparing for the worst will allow you to predict any issues you encounter during your trip. It might rain the day you were planning on heading to the beach, but this is okay, search for other fun things to do in the area, or explore somewhere dry to wait out the bad weather until it passes. Hopefully, you’ll never need to turn to your backup plan, but if you do, at least you will have an idea of what to do.
Research The Location
You will no doubt have done this already, but it’s possible you have not done enough research to ensure a stress-free holiday for you and your family. To make your trip easier, find attractions that offer discounts for children, as well as child friendly restaurants to prevent any mortifying situations in some of the area’s finest establishments.
This research will also allow you to get a better feel for the location, and it can help you decide whether you want to visit there at all. If nothing about it strikes you as something where you and your family can enjoy without feeling like you are out of place, or if nothing appeals to you, then you can pass it over in favour of something else.
People rave about some destinations, and this only makes visiting all the more disappointing. If you look beneath the recommendations, you might uncover a diamond that you would never have expected to find.
Ask Them What They Want to Do
Many family holidays consist of what the parents have planned out for them and the children, however, kids can be resistant to things they are not interested in, and this can cause friction and potential tantrums.
You can sidestep this by getting input from your kids about what they want to do. Including them in the planning process will make them more excited about the holiday and also make them feel more mature.
If they feel like they have a say in what you do, they may be more open to doing other things that they perhaps would not have wanted to do to begin with, which means everyone gets to enjoy the holiday equally.
A Successful Trip
It won’t be easy to keep your kids from getting restless during your travels, and there will almost certainly be times where they falter. However, as long as you understand what you need to organise beforehand, you can minimise these problems so that instead of being a massive part of your travels, they are nothing more than a minor blip, and you can enjoy your trip like you hope you would.