Whilst it is true that travelling the world isn’t the same when you have kids, that doesn’t necessarily mean it is a bad thing. Different yes, but not bad. When planned for the right way, travelling with kids can be just as much, if not more fun. Seeing the world through children’s eyes can help you see and enjoy so much when you are pretty much anywhere.
So yes, you may not be able to pack your bags and head off anywhere in the world on an unknown adventure taking each day as it comes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still explore the world with little ones in tow. It just means you need to be fully prepared and a lot more organised when you travel.
This is every parent’s best form of defence when travelling with kids. Fully scouting out where you are going, where you are staying and your travel time is essential when travelling with kids. Trust me, I may not have flown long haul but I have made many cross-country trips on long boring motorways in cars and there was always that family holiday of 17 people including 7 children and a 4-hour flight. That took some careful preparation.
If you know what to expect when you arrive at your destination you can plan your trip easier to make sure everyone enjoys their holiday and things run as smoothly as possible. If you are travelling with kids between various destinations, make sure you know exactly what is happening and when your travel connections are so you know what you will need to take with you.
If you are prebooking attractions or tours of your holiday destination, review other customer and visitor reviews online to get a better idea of what facilities there will be there. This i so you know if you need to take anything extra with you or need to make other arrangements for your family.
This doesn’t mean pack everything. No one wants to be hauling an obscene amount of luggage around with them but strategic planning will help you reduce what you take with you whilst having everything you need. Pack appropriately and sparingly. If you are able to wash your clothes at your accommodation, this will mean you are able to take less and clean any items that need it during your stay. Also, if your child has a favourite toy/blanket/item of clothing etc, consider taking that in your hand luggage so they have something familiar that they can hold to comfort them should they become upset when travelling.
Spending long amounts of time travelling to and from destinations?
Electronic devices are a godsend. You can load them up with apps and books and if you make sure to take a spare portable charger (I use this one and whilst it takes a while to charge, it will fully charge my S7 4 times), you don’t have to worry about the battery dying quickly. This will save you having to take various books and other toy-related paraphernalia with you. Download any programmes or films before you leave if you can. this will save you having to wait to be connected to wifi for your little ones to watch their favourite show.
Also, and I cannot stress this enough, when travelling with kids, leave plenty of time and take it slowly. No one wants to be stressed out and rushing around. By leaving earlier, you can allow for any hiccups without the worry of being late for your flight or travel connections. If you are booking connecting trains, for example, consider booking then with a slightly longer time gap just in case the unexpected happens.
Enjoy your Holiday.
We all know travelling with kids can take on a slightly different experience to what we plan out in our minds but that doesn’t mean it has to be a bad one. Sure, it may be a little more different than travelling alone, but if you can be prepared and plan ahead for your family, there is no reason why it can’t be just as good, or even better, than travelling without children. And having kids is definitely not a reason not to go travelling!