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Family holidays provide some of the most magical moments in our lives, but there’s no doubt that the journey can also provide some of the most stressful. The travel aspects are tedious for adults but can feel infinitely worse for children. Especially as they know that the adventures are getting ever closer.
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Stopping kids from getting bored will improve their holiday as well as yours, not least because you won’t be worrying about the return trip. Here are four simple travel tips to overcome those barriers in style.
Don’t Travel Too Far
While jetting off halfway across the globe may sound great, it does bring several issues. Aside from the increased duration of the journey, you’ll have less time to actually enjoy the destination. Moreover, jet lag and timezone acclimatisation can be tough on youngsters.
There are plenty of great places to enjoy family amusements or water sports on American soil. Aside from being cheaper and quicker, it also gives you the option to drive and use pitstops to break up the journey. That’s gotta sound better than sitting on an 18-hour flight.
Besides, if anything goes wrong at home, you can get back far sooner.
Travel In A Group
Kids often get bored during the journeys because they are alone. One option to combat this is to travel with other kids. You could take their friend on vacation in return for their family doing the same next year. This allows kids to have more holidays without breaking the bank.
Or you could organise a big group trip. Whether it’s with relatives or friends, though, be sure to choose wisely. Our advice would be to take extra care with the accommodation. Otherwise, a week or two of 24/7 contact could test your friendship.
Still, the old saying states ‘the more, the merrier’. Embrace it.
Consider Some Entertainment
It doesn’t matter which mode of transport is used, kids will get bored. It’s their natural response to sitting for long periods. Sadly, the incessant questions of “are we there yet?” can destroy your spirits before you’ve arrived at the destination.
The journey is the perfect time to keep them occupied with a tablet or laptop. When you know how to download from Netflix in advance of the journey, their favourite shows can provide hours of entertainment. Combine this with activity books for the best results.
These can be used during the holiday too.
Bring A Brochure
Another great way to distract your child and build the excitement levels ahead of arrival is to show them all the great things you’ll do there. A brochure of the local city or the accommodation can work wonders in this sense.
While you are in charge of the itinerary, knowing which attractions excite your child most will help you build a winning vacation. Besides, those brochures may open your eyes to special offers on tickets or hidden gems that you didn’t know about.
The benefits during the journey and the subsequent holiday are huge.
What are your travel tips? Let me know in the comments below.