From screaming children to hassled parents, it may seem like a relaxing family vacation is far from a reality. However, these tips will help you to reduce the stress of a holiday with children, and ensure that the adults get a break too.
Find a Child-Friendly Location
While you may want to while away the hours wandering around museums and viewing the local architecture, it is best to choose a child-friendly location when you are traveling as a family. You should ensure that your preferred location has enough choice of child-friendly activities to keep them occupied for the duration of your holiday, including spaces that they can play while you relax, such as kid-friendly beaches or play areas.
No one wants complaints about excitable, and accidentally noisy, children on holiday. Therefore, it is best to look at hotel specifications about children before you book accommodation. Not only should you pick a hotel that welcomes children, but child-friendly hotels and resorts often have excellent facilities such as play areas, kids clubs and evening entertainment catered towards families. However, for added privacy, you can stay in an Airbnb.
Stick to Children’s Routines
Although you might think that holidays are just what you need, for your children, holidays can be confusing and disruptive to their familiar routines. Not only are you staying in a different location and participating in many new experiences, but you are also probably letting your children stay up later than usual. All of these factors together can produce disgruntled and overwhelmed children. To prevent your child from becoming overwhelmed, you should uphold their daily routines, such as sticking to their usual bath and dinner time and attempting to make sure that they go to bed at similar times on most days of your holiday.
Make Car Trips Fun
Many tourists choose to invest in cheap car rentals to get around easily and visit locations off the beaten track. This is a great way to explore a country, and can reduce the stress of catching and sitting of public transport. To combat boredom, though, buy a fun travel game to play during long journeys, play a traditional word or sightseeing game, or download a film or television programme for them to watch on your preferred electronic device.
However, the best way to ensure that your trip is hassle-free is to plan ahead. By planning your activities in advance, you will be able to schedule in rest breaks and ensure that you schedule your day around the times that it is hottest or that your children will be the most hungry. This will allow you to make sure that they stay fed, hydrated and occupied throughout the day, lessening the chance of spending the holiday with a grumpy child.
With the right pre-planning, family vacations can be fun experiences that parents can also enjoy. Although these tips cannot, unfortunately, stop all tantrums during your holiday, they are a good start to creating a peaceful atmosphere from the time they wake up to the time they – eventually – go to sleep.