Travelling abroad with kids is one of the best ways to create lasting memories. It can also be one of the most daunting experiences for parents. With these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy your family holiday abroad without stressing too much or returning overly exhausted.
If you’re travelling to a specific destination to tick something off your bucket list like visiting the top galleries in Florence, taking on the best theme parks in Melbourne or volunteering in Cambodia, set your goals ahead of the trip.
Decide what you want to see and do on your travels and how you can achieve this with kids in tow. Discuss with everyone going on the trip whether your goals are realistic or whether you need to fine tune your itinerary.
Include your kids in the planning
If your kids are at an age where they can contribute to the plans of your travels, get them involved. Perhaps they can research some attractions they’d like to see, food they’d be keen to try or nearby destinations they’d like to visit. If your kids are younger, start reading to them about where you’re going, show them pictures or practice a few common sayings in the local language.
Have a flight plan
Don’t board a flight relying solely on movies to keep your kids entertained. Pack some age-appropriate games, books and snacks. For young kids, stickers, magnets and colouring books are brilliant for those times where boredom strikes.
Stay in accommodation that caters for kids
While a small Air Bnb apartment in the middle of Paris may have suited you when you were backpacking carefree, with little people in tow choosing kid-friendly accommodation pays off. Scope out hotels or resorts that offer plenty of things for kids to do, family discounts and even baby-sitting.
Schedule in off days
Travelling can be exhausting and even more so when you’re exploring with kids. Scheduling days off to just enjoy a relaxing sleep in or hang around the hotel can give your children a much-needed break from walking, long queues and tourist attractions.
Make your long-haul journey at night
If you’re travelling long distances try and book a night journey. You’ll thank us when your kids are passed out on the plane and arrive at your destination feeling semi-rested.
Prepare on the road snacks
Food can be a life saver, especially with young kids. When you arrive at your destination, find the nearest supermarket or convenience store where you can get some snacks to have on hand. It will save you money and help you keep your sanity.
Consider house sitting
House sitting is a great way to experience a new place and still have a feeling of living in a home. It also can reduce your accommodation budget dramatically.Hire your baby goods
Rather than lugging porta cots, car seats and prams around the world, consider hiring your goods when you get there. You’ll find plenty of online websites or your hotel will be able to point you in the right direction.
Divide up the time between parents
Tag team with your partner to give each other a break every couple of days. While one is looking after the kids, the other parent could be recharging with a massage or off seeing attractions that are no so child friendly.
Encourage journal writing
Help make the trip an unforgettable adventure by encouraging journal writing or scrapbooking. For younger kids, sticking things in a book like tickets or phots as well as drawing pictures can help them remember all the amazing moments.