The advantages of family travel are many. Showing your children the world exposes them to new experiences and can instill values of curiosity, adventure and openness. It’s also precious bonding time, away from the distractions and routines of home. Still, there are stresses and challenges that will be unfamiliar to even the most seasoned kid-free traveler. But with some advanced planning and a sense of fun, traveling with your child can be an eye-opening adventure for the both of you. To help, we looked to the experts at some of our favorite family and travel blogs for advice on everything from finding a homestay with a baby gate to keeping toddlers entertained on a long-haul flight.
– Plan On It –
Even if you were a spontaneous, go-where-the-wind-takes-you traveler before you became a parent, having a solid itinerary and a comfortable, pre-arranged crash pad will do wonders for your family’s happiness—and your sanity.
Family travel is no time for minimalism. Keep organized by making detailed lists, setting a packing strategy and confirming the applicable regulations and limits so you’re not caught off guard. Get older kids involved in the packing process as a fun learning experience.
– Flying High –
Long stretches in cramped quarters can make anyone antsy. Let your kids know what to expect on the flight and plan for some fun distractions—a new book, fun snacks, or even your tablet loaded up with a favorite movie or three will help pass the time.