If the school summer holidays fill you with trepidation when it comes to travelling with the kids, there are a few things you can do to make life easier and have some fun at the same time. Here’s some tips and travel advice for families when embarking on your holidays this year.
Travelling By Car
If your holiday includes a car journey and you want to avoid the “Are we there yet?” comments from the back seat, planning a route with plenty of stops and things to see along the way will help keep the kids entertained. Pack plenty of snacks or even a picnic stop to break up the journey, it really can make all the difference to let the kids run off some energy.
Choosing a hotel that is geared up for kids is a good way to start any holiday. Think about staying in a central area that is close to local attractions, restaurants, the beach or park. Being within walking distance or a short cab ride will save you time and money and stop the kids getting bored with too much travelling.
One of our top tips when it comes to travel advice for families is to slow down. Travelling with a family generally takes longer however well you plan, with pushchairs, extra luggage and all the essentials children require. Be realistic about what you want to do and build in time for naps for babies or young children to avoid overtiredness which in turn helps to keep parents’ stress levels down too.
Airports and travelling by plane can be a great adventure for children until they realise that there is a certain amount of waiting around involved with air travel. Downloading some films onto a tablet for the plane journey will distract children for a while and if you download some games too, you’ll keep them quiet for a bit longer! Booking an airport taxi to and from the airport is easy and very convenient, you can even specify the size of the taxi and if you require any child seats.
Keep Kids Entertained
Whichever way your family are travelling, keeping the kids entertained will make for a much pleasant holiday. Let your children bring along a special teddy, some reading books, or electronic device for older children. When boredom sets in an activity pack can make all the difference, pack a few colouring pens and paper, card games or puzzles to pull out as a surprise when you most need it!