The very first time you start planning upon hitting the road with your family, you can start feeling fraught with the thoughts of potential disaster-you probably envisage your wife being in a soup without vital wet wipes, you imagine your precious little toddler getting sucked into the chaotic realms of a Turkish bazaar or you start getting apprehensive about the presence of lizards that can wreck havoc at an eco-resort.
Just relax -everything will be okay. In contrast to what you may be scared of, it is quite an interesting and satisfactory experience to explore the world with your young ones in tow. These simple but effective tips ensure that your most daunting trips become as smooth as that of the proverbial baby’s. Enjoy!
Where to go?
It’s good to choose a destination that aptly caters to the travel needs and preferences of your entire family. But then, this is a holiday for you too. So, if the thought of queues and crowds make you shudder, then don’t go for Disneyland to please your younger generation solely. Also, if your three-year-old proves to be reticent at the mere thought of a walk to local shops, then it is a good idea to leave Alpine hiking holiday plans for later years.(image by Whistler Blackcomb)
Ideally, you should go in for destinations that promise to give you more for your money, experience-wise. For instance, a plan to visit Sri Lanka, will please your beach babies, nature-loving children, adult architecture buffs, and gastronomes of all ages. In contrast, your plans of a city break in Paris promises to be a sure-fire success if you can alternate your visits to museums and galleries with the rambles and clamber of extremely child-friendly Parc de la Villette and a grand trip to the scoring heights of Tour d’Eiffel-seen so far in travel books only.
What to do?
While you may be tempted to splash out or hit the rides at the latest high-tech theme park, remember that the act can leave your wallet wincing. Also, these big-ticket attractions may not prove to be the most fulfilling option for your kids. Sometimes, a simple splash in the shallow ends of a local duck pond may be more fun packed and exciting than a fancy water park-and a lot more meaningful for a family outing too. If you are planning to hit a city, then do a check on the different modes of local transport available for you: trains, trams, and buses are cheap and also provide small adventures to excite your little ones.
As one of the most important parts of travel is getting in touch with and meeting new people, you should look for ways in which your kids can play and interact with local children. While a small visit to the neighborhood playground may help in sparking new friendships, the libraries, bookstores, malls, museums and local hangouts also offer social activities for kids. In a nutshell, look for ways of breaking the ice with the local populace -you will be happy to see your kids enjoying on their own thereafter. (image by Prince George’s)
Here’s wishing your assorted musketeers and you the trip of a lifetime!
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