As the summer months start to appear on the horizon, it’s a good time to start thinking about holidays. Everyone loves the chance to get away from it all for a week or two, but what about when you’re traveling with children? It may take a more organized approach, but it can be easier than you think if you know what to look for and what to consider.
Here, we’ve covered everything you need to know.
If it’s your first time traveling with children, it might be wise to book a destination that can be reached within just a short amount of time. Introducing little ones to travel a little at a time is the best way to make sure they don’t become tired and irritable. You might want to holiday in your own country, or choose somewhere that is just a short flight away.
Never underestimate just how difficult it can be to pack when you’re traveling with children! As well as your own items, you might also need nappies, food, extra toiletries and plenty of toys and games to keep everyone entertained. Write a list in advance and double-check that you’re within any weight allowances if you’re flying.
You may want to avoid cramped hotels with little space in the rooms, and anywhere that requires having to deal with lots of stairs on a daily basis. Staying in a cottage is a great example of a toddler friendly holiday. It’s also likely that you’ll have your own garden, which is ideal for the summer evenings.
Almost every destination will have child friendly elements, though it’s worth doing your research in advance. If you’ll be pushing a buggy or a pushchair, you might want to go for somewhere that’s quite flat and easily navigated.
Eating out at restaurants can be tricky when you’re with children, so self-catering accommodation could be the best option for you. Check what the facilities are like, and make sure that there is a supermarket within easy reach.
Holidays are a well-deserved opportunity to relax and unwind, though they’re also great for teaching children more about the world around them. Find out what museums and other child-friendly tourist destinations are located near to your accommodation, and try to work at least a few of them into your holiday itinerary. If you really plan ahead, you might be able to coordinate it with something they’ve recently been learning about at school.
Will you be traveling with children this summer?
How will you ensure that everything goes to plan?
By Ruby Harris
Ruby Harris operates a small travel consultancy business she began last year with her husband, which the couple operate from their family home in Ipswich. The pair regularly takes their three young children with them on far-flung holidays in Mauritius and all across the Caribbean, blogging their tips and tricks on how to survive long-haul jaunts with kids.