Travelling with kids can be like herding cats; chaotic and unpredictable. At times travellers feel the weight of the world on their shoulders as they attempt to manage their children in an ever-changing and overstimulated environment. As Christmas edges closer and closer, families all over the country are preparing to brave the airport with tots in tow. Thankfully a personal travel manager can help travelling families, with some sage advice on the do’s and don’ts of travelling with kids and will be able to assist you with these few suggestions to help reduce the stress levels during the holiday period.
1. Preparation is key– think ahead
If this is your first time travelling with children then plan ahead. Kids like to take their time, explore and are not worried about getting from A to B. Be prepared for a slower pace and for the inevitable hiccups along the way.
To prevent glitches make sure you research your chosen destination, hotel and the local area to ensure it is child friendly. For example, hotels may say they have programs for children but it may not be right for your child. Call around and make enquiries about the area to make sure you are making the right decision for your family.
2. Get the kids involved
Now you’re visualising your small child packing their own suitcase and the madness that is likely to ensue. Yes, it can be scary involving children in the travelling process but it can also be highly rewarding too. Encourage your child to pack their own backpack, explore maps and to get involved in deciding what to do on your family holiday.
Your mini-frequent flyer is more likely to enjoy the travelling experience because of their involvement.
3. Technology is your friend!
Whether it’s a phone, tablet, laptop or a portable DVD player – technology will be your reliable comrade throughout your travels. A smart device will reduce the amount of toys you bring on your trip (less luggage weight means more room for shopping) and keep your tiny traveller occupied in high stress situations. It will also allow your child to watch movies, play games and draw on one single device.
If you’re a parent who doesn’t let their child play on smart devices, break the rule; it is a holiday after all!
4. Encourage creativity – write it, draw it, and capture it
Your family’s holiday will provide your child with an overload of sights, smells and sounds and it’s easy for your child to become overstimulated by their new surroundings. A great way to focus your child’s attention is through creativity. Encourage your little one to write a journal, take photos or draw pictures of things they see. This will keep your child in the moment and will give them something special to keep once they have returned home.
There are countless tips and tricks to ease the stress of travelling with children. Ultimately, every child is different and what will work for your child may not work for another. Contact a personal travel manager to kick-start your family holiday today! http://www.travelmanagers.com.au/ptm-search/