Many people think that the moment you have children is the moment you have to stop traveling – but we don’t think that’s the case at all! Sure, you might have to get a little creative with how and when you travel, but it’s not entirely impossible. If you have a young child (or children), then here’s how you can continue seeing all that this amazing world has to offer, as stress-free as possible.
Pick the right time and place
Traveling with kids can be difficult as you’re probably going to be restricted by school hours. However, if you pick the right place to go, then this won’t be as much of an issue. Head for the less tourist-centric areas if you want to get a good deal, as they will be less expensive during summer holidays than places like Disney World! The Secret Traveller blog at 1Cover has an impressive list of destinations that no one knows about – so add these to your bucket list. If your children aren’t old enough to be at school yet, then the world is your oyster. Literally. Pick term times to head abroad, as these will work out cheaper and less busy.
Shop around for deals
It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with finding a good deal, especially when it comes to travel. Including your little ones in your travel plans can soon add up, but not if you’re savvy and shop around. You can also utilize sites like Ebates, a cashback site, to get a little something back every time you book travel. The more money you save on each trip, the more trips you’ll eventually be able to take.
Also, consider when you book. Apparently, there are cheaper times of the year to book flights, including Tuesday afternoons and the period in between Christmas and New Year.
There is one big difference between traveling just as a couple and traveling with younger children – they’re going to scupper your plans at some point. If you overplan every detail of your trip, then you may find yourself disappointed if the little ones don’t want to play ball. Plus, if they’re worn out, then they’re far more likely to play up and cause chaos!
It’s good to have some kind of itinerary for your trip, but try to leave it loose. Schedule in some downtime, so that your children can have a nap or just chill back in the hotel room. Trust me, you’ll find this super important.
Get your little one involved
Your child or children may be nervous traveling for the first time, so it’s a good idea to get them involved in the planning process. Buy them a book on the destination you’re going to visit, let them look at pictures of attractions on the internet, and talk through what kind of things you’re going to be doing. If you’re going to be getting a plane, then it’s also a good idea to explain to them what to expect as it can be quite nerve-wracking for little ones to begin with. Getting them involved in the planning will help them feel far more excited and a lot less nervous.
It’s essential you think about your packing situation if you want to travel more and more with younger children. Put together an activity pack that will keep them busy during all that waiting around at the airport, or on the plane itself. Bring some books and toys, but don’t hand them all out at once – split them up through the trip, so they’ve always got something fresh and exciting. Let them help with their packing so that they also feel more involved in the whole process.
Traveling with younger children doesn’t need to be impossible, whether you want to go for a week or a month! Using these five tips, it should become a breeze in no time.
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