There’s a saying that traveling with kids is not a vacation… it’s a trip. But there are so many ways to increase the joy and cut down on misery. Start building anticipation and a fuller connection with the destination by listening to audiobooks in the car, podcasts while you cook or clean the house, watching films and reading books set in the destination. I always buy a selection of books for the kids to give them at the outset of the journey, which always makes them happy. I usually slip in a few non-fiction ones in there, and some have been a surprisingly big hit. A well-crafted itinerary should have plenty of padding between tourist sites to allow for down time or free play time, and it helps to know where the best nearby playgrounds are. Ice cream or a local specialty sweet is a great pick me up in the mid-to-late afternoon – a time of day when energy levels and moods tend to sag. And finally, after the vacation, looking at your best photos with your kids can help seal the good memories… and ideally create a positive association with travel, so they’ll be enthusiastic for your next adventure.
As a member of the Family Travel Association‘s Travel Agent Council, I specialize in families and have access to the best tools and insights in the business. My goal is to make it easier and less intimidating to travel with kids. Contact me today to discuss your goals, and we can come up with travel plan that will be a perfect match for your family.