Travelling with kids can be hard even going on holidays with kids. Think back to how stressed it made you before you had a family, and now double it. No, in fact, even triple it. Perhaps even quadruple, depending on how many children you have. As organized as you think you are, sometimes things just don’t go exactly according to plan. There are a few things you can do to offset some of the drama, though, so it’s worth having a think now as summer approaches…
Money is the big one. If the cash flow just isn’t there, it’s unlikely you can take your trip. Of course, you have options. You don’t need to go far to have a good time! All experiences can add value to a young child’s life, so why not consider somewhere a little closer to home? A camping trip with the whole extended family is always a lot of fun, as is a nice coastal break.
Understandably though, sometimes your heart is just set on a bit of an adventure. If that’s the case, and you have the means, make sure you’re as prepared as you possibly can be. If you’re going out of the country, not only will you need to sort out passports, you’ll also need to be savvy with currency. If you’re venturing to Europe, you’ll need to get Euros. However, if it’s America, they take dollars. There are loads of different types of money depending on where in the world you’re going, so it’s best to do your research! Take debit and credit as back up, and make sure you’re covered against anything you take with you in your insurance. If you get super-stuck, there are some great companies out there, like Azimo, who will allow you to receive money from family and friends back home, anywhere you are in the world. Sometimes we all need a helping hand!
What type of trip will suit your family’s needs? Do you want to be fussing with cooking – even when it’s supposed to be a rest for you, too? If not, you’re best to pick somewhere all-inclusive, or known for its restaurants to eat out! As for the hotel or apartment – sorry, your kids just aren’t likely to want seven days lying on a beach someplace surrounded by Sangria. So you have to think smart.
Check out places with tons to do for kids. Whether it’s on-site, for example a special ‘club’ just for them at a resort, or some nearby interesting sights that are ‘child-friendly’, they need to be engaged. Even if you’re taking a cultural trip – perhaps to Rome in Italy or even Washington DC, there are ways of making sure the kids learn and take something from the experience whilst still having plenty of fun.
Check out reviews, no matter what you decide, on Trip Advisor. Places from all over the world are covered, and they’ll rate everything from the kid’s facilities, to cleanliness and location. Great for your piece of mind!
Health & Safety
Your family’s health is the most import thing in the world here, so don’t let that change when you go overseas, or anywhere, for that matter. If anything, you’ll need to be extra-vigilant in foreign lands. You may not know how their healthcare works, you may not understand the language. Make sure you get any necessary shots before you go, and of course, make sure you pack the kid’s medication. If they need extras, or an asthma check-up, or well… anything, make sure they get an appointment way in advance with their doctor. Insurance is something you really can’t afford to be cheap with, either – at the end of the day, a huge bill is going to ruin the vacation. Go over things like ‘stranger danger’ before you leave, to make sure it’s fresh in their minds. Meeting people from new cultures can be exciting, but it needs to be done with supervision.
Overall, you want to make the most of your time away, no matter where you choose. So get out there, have fun, and most importantly, make the most of the memories with your children. They won’t be young forever!
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