Whether you have babies or you’re travelling with teenagers, you can have problems. Younger children will need to find something to do that entertains them while teenagers often get bored of walking around all the attractions that adults love – depending on the child of course! When travelling with children, consider their ages and follow these tips to make your journey easier.
- Have Plenty of Things for Them to Do: Most moms of toddlers will already know the importance of having toys to entertain the children. If you talk to most mothers, they’ll tell you that their handbags are full of things for the little ones – why else would they need such big handbags? Whatever the age, make sure you have plenty of things for the children to do. Take colouring books, give them puzzles or research travelling games that you can play. This will depend on the type of journey that you have. If you’re travelling a short distance, you will get away with much less!
- Encourage Them to Take Their Own Things: No matter how much you prepare, it is likely that one or two children will start to get bored, especially teenagers. Encourage them to take their own toys or their favourite travel games consoles to keep them entertained. They may want to take a notebook to write while they travel or music to listen to on the journey. Encourage them to take things that will interest them – as long as it’s easy enough to travel with!
- Choose Destinations that Are Children Friendly: Young children won’t want to go around old museums and stately homes. They’ll find them boring and then they start to act up. When you’re travelling with kids, find something that they will enjoy and something that will entertain them. Art galleries and museums do often put on events and exhibitions that are family-friendly and will try to get the children involved so look out for them. You could alternate the days if you really want to see the “boring” stuff or add some playtime for the kids at some point to keep them entertained. Again, this will depend on their ages. Some teenagers may want to spend time in museums or visit places with meaning and historical knowledge to help their school work or because it is an area that they are interested in.
- Do Something that Everyone Will Enjoy: Ask each family member to make a list of the things that they would enjoy doing while away. Take the top item from each list to make sure there is something that everyone will enjoy. Keep going through the list until your days are full or you reach the end of each of them. This not only keeps the children entertained but also makes sure the adults are too!
- Have Free Time Every Day: Nobody wants to spend all day, every day walking around to see the sights or take in the culture. Make sure you have some free time every day, whether it is a trip to the park or just the chance to lounge by the pool! If you are going on an organized tour, find out about the itinerary upfront and make sure there is enough free time for everyone to enjoy.
Planning your vacation around the children is important. Think about the types of things they want to do so that it really is a family holiday. You will need to make sure you have something to keep them entertained the whole time, whether they take their own notebooks and video consoles or you have a bag full of tricks.
Shariah Smalls is a travel agent who works for an agency which organizes lavish cruise trips all over the world. One of her latest projects for the travel agency is a travel to Cancun campaign.