Tips for an Enjoyable Family Holiday Trip with your Kids Overseas – 1Cover
Family travel gives you a chance to experience the world through their eyes, and give them a hands-on education about new countries and cultures. Or you may just be looking for a relaxing overseas holiday with the kids. Just follow our top five tips on travelling with children , and experience the best the world has to offer for family fun.
1. Be prepared
The days of spontaneous travel are gone. Travelling with kids, especially little ones, requires some serious planning. Make a checklist of everything you need to bring (don’t forget teddy!), book car hire and accommodation in advance and research activities that will keep the kids amused when you get there.
2. Travel as light as you can
As tempting as it is to pack absolutely everything you might need, you don’t want to be struggling through an airport with four huge suitcases, all that baby equipment and two tired children. Many destinations have car seats, travel cots, strollers and even toys for hire. Do think about taking:
· A small torch or battery nightlight
· Copies of all your travel documents, passports, insurance and children’s birth certificates
· A new small toy (or something they’ve forgotten about), stickers and crayons
· Extra formula and nappies for babies (they might be different or hard to find in your holiday destination)
· A cheap disposable camera (or digital camera) for your child to record their own holiday memories
Check out our tips on flying with small children for advice on what to take on board. And remember that it’s easy to be distracted when you’re looking after children, so try to keep your luggage secure at all times.
3. Give yourself some room
Self-catering accommodation is easiest for families – especially if the jet-lag munchies strike at odd hours. Try to get two rooms so you also have some grown-up space when the kids are asleep. One large room that can be divided off allows you a chance to watch TV or read.
If you’re staying at a resort, check to see if they have a kids club or babysitting services if you want some ‘me’ time as well.
4. Make every adventure count
Even the plane trip itself is an adventure for kids. So are train journeys, bus rides and ferries. Relax and enjoy it with them – and don’t worry about delays or small inconveniences. Check our unusual transport for travel advice for some different ideas.
Plan an activity for every day – but don’t expect to fit too much in. Like all travellers, you need to expect the unexpected. And like all parents, you have to know your child’s limitations.
5. A kid-friendly finale
End the trip with an exciting activity for the whole family – something to look forward to, and also something to remind them about if their enthusiasm wanes mid-travels. Examples include a trip to a theme park or waterpark, the zoo, a boat-ride or special dinner. Ask your hotel for ideas, or search online before you go.
And most importantly, make sure you take out travel insurance for the whole family. That way, you can make sure that any travel delays, cancellations or luggage problems won’t spoil those priceless family holiday memories!