Before they have children, many people assume that kids will scupper their plans to see the world. However, when you become a parent, you quickly realize that you can still travel – even if you do have to consider a few more things before booking a vacation! If you want to know how to travel more as a parent, then look no further! Here are five tips on doing just that.
Picking when to go
First up, family vacations can be expensive – there’s no denying that. If you want to keep costs down, then you’re going to want to consider when to go. During the summer break, costs can quickly rack up as this is when every family heads off on their travels. If you can, try to organize family holidays outside of these times. This is fine if your little ones aren’t old enough to be in school yet, but can become tricky if they are. Traveling as much as possible when your children are younger will give you the best value for money.
Consider where you’re going
Next up, you’re going to want to consider your destination. Some places are far more family-friendly than others, so you’re going to want to do a little bit of research before you end up somewhere renowned for 18-30 style vacations!
The Amalfi Coast in Italy is ideal for a family, especially if you’re expecting. It’s peaceful and serene, making it ideal to relax, but also has plenty of activities (and beaches) to keep the kids busy.
Research family-friendly activities
Once you’ve picked your destination, it’s time to do some research into the activities on offer there. Hopefully, you’ve already chosen somewhere that’s family-friendly, and so you should be spoiled for choice when it comes to keeping the children entertained. When traveling with little ones, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll end up at a zoo of some kind – but also look into things like aqua parks, art galleries, museums, and theme parks, to give the children a real mix of things to see and do.
Packing as a parent
If you’ve never been away as a parent before, packing is going to be a totally unique experience. All of a sudden it’s not just your towel and bikini you have to remember; there are a whole load of things your children are going to need. Make sure you include some things to keep the kids occupied at the airport, on the plane, and during the days when you have nothing planned. An activity book, some games, and a couple of toys should be enough. Just remember to spread them out during the trip, otherwise they may become bored pretty quickly.
Getting the kids involved
Finally, if you want to be able to travel more as a parent, it’s imperative you get the children involved in all of the various aspects of planning. Talk to them about the different destinations they want to visit (having a globe can make this fun and educational), and what kind of things they’d like to do or see when they’re there. Let them help out with the packing and talk them through what to expect when they’re on the plane. This will ensure your travel experience runs a lot smoother and your children are more excited than nervous.
Traveling as a family doesn’t need to be stressful, and there’s no reason you can’t explore more of the world with little ones!