Whether you are traveling by car, train, boat, or plane – bringing the kids along can be a challenge. It’s just that kids can be a handful when you take them out of their environment and give them a chance to explore the world. Not only do they nag about how long it takes to get from one place to the next, they constantly complain about the accommodations, the food, and the view once you get there. It’s not your fault as a parent – kids just get that way. However, there are a number of ways to make travel much more pleasurable – so that not only are your kids having fun and feeling comfortable, but you are too. Here are five ways to make family travel more enjoyable.
- Ask all your children to put their smartphones, tablets, and handheld video games in a suitcase until after the family vacation. Of course, if your children go off on their own, you might want one of them to keep a cellphone in their pocket for emergencies, but if you are traveling together, it will be a lot more enjoyable if the kids forfeit their devices. The last thing you want is for all the beeping, ringing, and buzzing to be going off when you are trying to enjoy a car ride, a walk through a historic town, or a relaxing day on the beach.
- Get your own hotel room. It should be a rule of thumb that the kids get one room and the parents get another. There is no way you are going to get a proper night’s sleep with all over your kids in one room. Not only that, but if you have young teenagers in your family, they’ll enjoy the space away from their parents.
- Everyone decides together. If you don’t want your children to feel left out, or if you want to avoid a temper tantrum, make sure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to the itinerary. Not only that, but everyone should collaborate together to create the itinerary. For instance, if you put a Key West sightseeing tour on the table, you want to make sure all of your kids are into the idea before you make a final decision. Then again, if it’s Key West, you can be sure that they’ll be into it.
- Bring lots of entertainment. Chances are that your itinerary is not going to fill your children’s attention span all the way, which is why having lots of games to play is important. For instance, if you are in a car, you might want to come up with a few ways to pass the time – or else you could be dreading the entire car ride.
- Always make sure that everyone is fed. A hungry kid equals a grumpy kid. So, before you go sightseeing or doing anything for the day, make to take advantage of the hotel buffet, or at least make sure that everyone has a well-rounded meal. That way everyone can enjoy the day and the rest of the vacation.