Kids are a blessing, and having them changes our way of life. One thing that changes significantly is how we go on holiday. With kids, there are two options; either go with them or leave them behind. Depending on their age and time of the year, at times it is the best idea to travel with them.
Traveling with kids presents a new challenge, especially one of caring for them in a different location, which we may not be familiar with. My wife and I travel with our kids regularly, and in our four years of doing this, there are some lessons I picked up. I will share with you tips that will ensure you can enjoy your holiday to the maximum, even with kids in tow.
The presence of kids means you cannot visit any travel destination as you normally would. It is important to start by choosing a place that is suitable for family and for kids. Safety and ease of supervision are the key things to consider as you scout for a travel destination with kids.
Whenever we are traveling with kids, my wife prefers we choose a location where other families will visit with their kids as well. This move comes on the back of the fact that such areas will have provisions in place that will ensure the safety of kids. For example, we once visited a family-friendly mountainous region in Thailand. This destination had emergency search parties on standby if a family should separate with one of their own while on the hiking trail.
A Homely Accommodation Is a Top Priority
When traveling with kids, especially those not yet in their teens, it is crucial that where you seek accommodation offers a homely feel. Kids feel much safer in environments that resemble what they are used to.
My wife is an expert when it comes to picking out accommodation for us. She has a knack for picking bed and breakfast options that almost resemble our home. For all the times we vacation as a family, we always find ourselves in a four bedroomed bungalow, similar to what we live in back at home. With this kind of arrangement, it means that we already know beforehand how and where everyone will sleep. It also helps us enjoy some privacy as a family. Thus we can have our normal routine in the evenings and mornings, even when on vacation.
Ease of Access to Hospitals
Kids present a new dynamic when it comes to traveling to holiday destinations. It is always a good idea to be in an area that allows for easy access to hospitals and other emergency services when needed.
Whenever we travel with kids, my wife prefers to scout the area thoroughly for hospitals and other essential services that might come in handy, especially late at night. It is not a rare thing for her to spend up to a week doing this. In most instances, she will go as far as reaching out to these contacts to be on the safe side when an emergency occurs. Her dedication to ensuring that we have access to these essentials services each time gives the peace of mind that allows us to enjoy the holiday even with kids around.
If you have a large family and you are traveling to a location far from home, the best method to travel there is by private jet. If possible, browse private jets online (beforehand) to see which one suits your needs best. Remember, commercial flights, while usually cheaper, do not offer convenience and could cause a lot of frustration, especially when you sit too far from the kids. Private jets, on the other hand, can allow you to keep an eye on everyone.
Vacationing with kids can be as fun as any other vacation. The key to this, however, is ensuring that we have travel and accommodation plans that allow us to holiday with kids conveniently.