There’s no getting away from the fact that traveling as a family, especially when you have young children in tow, can be stressful. The problem is that a lot of parents are under the common misconception that traveling with kids has to be like a military operation, with every aspect of your trip going exactly to plan and happening as it should. Of course, any parent knows that when it comes to kids, often plans go out of the window, and it’s important to be prepared for that.
Sadly, the stress that comes with traveling with kids can put a lot of families off of traveling while their kids are young, which is a real shame. Especially as travel is so enriching for kids and adults alike and is also a great way to bond as a family. The fact is that family travel doesn’t have to be a nightmare, it can be incredibly enjoyable, it’s just a case of ensuring that you are properly prepared.
From one traveling mom to another, below are some tips and ideas for making family travel more enjoyable and less stressful.
Know how to cut costs
For most parents, one of the most stressful parts of traveling as a family is the price tag that comes with it. The best way to cut costs is simple – book in advance and scour the internet for all the best deals and discounts. You would be amazed at the savings that you can make when you ensure that you book your trip nice and early. You can save up to a whopping 50%.
Being prepared for health problems
As a mom, naturally you want to keep your child safe on your travels, safe from illness and accidents. This can put you off of traveling – the fear that you wouldn’t cope should something go wrong. However, you can’t let these kinds of worries hold you back; else you will never be able to enjoy your life. As long as you bring along a first aid kit and any medications that your children need, you have done all that you can. If you are worried about health problems, stay somewhere that has a medical center nearby.
Think about the best ways to deal with picky eaters
Kids are notoriously picky eaters, or at least, most kids are, which can make travel a little stressful for us moms. However, there’s no need to panic about what your kids will eat. The best thing to do is choose to stay somewhere that has a kitchen, such as a holiday villa so that you can make your children the food that they like. Most foreign supermarkets sell similar foods to what our supermarkets sell, so there’s no need to panic about how you will get them the foods that they like to eat.
Packing all the right stuff
Obviously, you will need to pack clothes and toys, but what you don’t necessarily need to pack is gear like a pushchair or travel cot. Instead, look into renting these items once you arrive at your destination – as long as you pick somewhere that’s family-friendly, this shouldn’t be difficult. A word to the wise, if you’ve still got kids in prams, it’s best to rent a car while you’re away, instead of relying on public transport. This will make getting around easier and less stressful. No cramped buses or trains. No missing your transport. No waiting around – you can go where you want when you want.
Choosing the perfect place to stay
Another simple way that you can make traveling with little ones in tow easier is to choose the perfect place to stay. This means selecting accommodation that is an ideal fit for your family. This means taking into account the location and how close it is to local amenities – are they within walking distance? Is there parking that you can use to store your hire car each night? What is on offer within the accommodation? Do you have access to a living area, kitchen, and outdoor area, as well as bedrooms? Take your time when picking your accommodation, to make sure that you don’t end up choosing the wrong place to stay and regretting it.
There you have it, everything that you need to know about planning a family trip with little ones in tow. Sure, it takes more organization than a normal trip, but it doesn’t have to be a military operation. Family holidays can be enjoyable, of course, they can. It just takes a different mindset to when you are traveling alone, that’s all.