Tips on Holidaying with Kids
Preparing for a family holiday with your children can be exciting but also requires a lot of work and effort from every family member. The number one thing to remember is that since your kids will also be coming along, they deserve a voice in deciding the perfect place to visit. Everybody really should be satisfied with the choice. Doing this will help avoid any family arguments (and also a lot of unnecessary nagging during your trip!) Especially handy when there is a big group travelling. We will be a group of 17 when we go.
This leads to the next dilemma. What to pack for the trip is a crucial question. Exactly how much space do I have and how many shoes does Olivia need for one week! If you set a budget for your holiday in advance this will help you figure out what you need to take or leave behind.
As a first tip, it is advisable to book weeks in advance before your departure. This is because prices for flight tickets & accommodation will always go up during weekends and holidays. A good suggestion is looking through the many special offers for families and big groups and Flight/Hotel deals, available online. If you choose to travel overseas- especially in countries like Italy, for example, to the beautiful island of Sicily (one of the top destinations for world travellers)- you can find awesome Sicily villas available to rent directly from the locals. These often come with extra luxuries including a garden, pool, BBQ, and some with direct access to the beach! Even better you can get them at great prices for groups of friends, families and even for your pet.
Packing is always a major issue. If you are going on a sporting trip you may want to think about the possibility of renting skis, snowboards, and hiking gear directly at the location rather than bringing them along with you. This will save you paying more for extra luggage on your flight. If you are a parent, then you already know what to pack for your kids: swimsuits, underwear—and the necessary nappies, cleaning supplies and plenty of shirts/shorts if you are going on a hot summer holiday (kids sweat a lot!). Although of course, it’s important to remember that there will be shops at your destination- don’t take up precious packing space with items you can buy cheaply once you’re there. I also advise that you find out what kind of activities are available nearby your accommodation, if there are playgrounds or swimming lakes or similar, and pack accordingly.
Keeping Kids Occupied.
What can you bring to keep the kids occupied during the flight or road trip? Without any distractions they may drive you insane with the ‘Are we there yet?’ question. Gaming and multimedia gadgets with numerous videos and game apps are, as we know, one of the best ways to distract any demographic. There is a reason they come in useful! If you want to participate too there are word association games or puzzles like the classic I Spy and of course, comic books are always good for the imagination.
Get acquainted with the place and local events too! Discover the things your kids will enjoy and book ahead for tickets to festivals, amusement parks, or museums. Doing this means you may not have to wait in a long queue stuck in the crowds of tourists under a hot sun.
Finally, enjoy your trip! Like preparing for an exam, you have done your best preparing and your best is all you can do. Though of course, a holiday is not a school exam, you should actually enjoy it! It may turn out to be a great adventure!
*A Collaborative Guest Post*