If you’ve always traveled before having children it can feel a little disappointing when you realise travel isn’t quite so straightforward once you’ve had children, there are plenty of new things to think about depending on the age of the children. Do you now travel in the evening or stick to the regular routine? Do you throw caution into the wind and just go for it? Well everyone is different but here are a few things to consider carefully before even booking your first trip with your child or children.
When traveling with children, there are undoubtedly more suitable destinations than others, depending on your children and energy levels. Some countries and climates may be more difficult to navigate as well, for example visiting Greece in the middle of the hottest season with a newborn may not be the most straightforward option you can choose. But this is all down to personal choice, babies are adaptable and usually go with the flow as long as they have their basic needs met. If you have a toddler though, there is something to be said for on-site entertainment since you will be able to keep the younger party members entertained, and tired enough to sleep all night hopefully!
On the actual journey to and from your destination, you will want to make sure the youngest children are entertained and settled. Travelling is, of course, tiring for everyone, and being bombarded with “are we there yet” can wear your patience thin. There are plenty of travel games and apps for devices to keep the children entertained and maybe even educated too? If your destination speaks a different language, why not get the older children learning the language also?
We all want to be prepared when traveling with children, we feel as though anything could happen so we need 17 extra sets of underwear and 12 sets of the boys swimwear, enough sun cream to sink a ship and all the books we can fit in the suitcase. But when you’re looking at moving all that extra luggage and paying for the excess baggage costs, it might make more sense to cut down on the ‘just in case’ items and be careful with the amount you’re putting in the suitcases. Also if your children can, it’s best to let them carry their ‘must-have’ items, so they know exactly where they are, and take the load off you a little at the same time!
Above all, it’s best to keep your composure and make sure you aren’t making the journey stressful by worrying about every little detail that could go wrong, as long as you are all together and things are moving in the right direction you are winning! Children will always be extra excited and extra energetic when it comes to travel, so be calm and confident, and everything will be great. Taking your children on an adventure of a lifetime should be an enjoyable experience, just remember to plan ahead!
Thousands of families travel for leisure regularly and enjoy themselves too, so speak to other people you know and find out what they do to make things easier for everyone. Hopefully, this will put any concerns to one side, and you can concentrate on having a wonderful time.