Every parent knows how challenging it can be to travel with kids – especially if long-haul flights are involved.
Janeece Keller CEO of Bound Round – a travel content platform by kids, for kids – says: “My job frequently gives me the opportunity to travel overseas with tweens, so I know first-hand how valuable family travel tips and recommendations are.”
Secrets from those in the know – such as experienced mums and dads – can provide really great insights for fun and enriching travel with children.
With this in mind, Bound Round has crowd-sourced top tips from mothers across Australia on how to plan the most stress-free and kid-friendly vacations.
Check out some of these hard-earned pearls of wisdom to help you with your own holiday planning:
1) DIY travel journal
Inspire a future travel writer with a blank notebook. Melissa Jeffcott, a mother of three from Melbourne, recommends: “Get your kids a travel journal where they can write a few words and record their memories by sticking in stuff like entry tickets and postcards.”
If you’d prefer to avoid potential glue stick disasters while travelling, your kids might fare better with a digital version. The Bound Round travel app includes an e-journal feature which lets kids upload photos, and they can then email their travel journal to their teacher, friends or family.
2) Keep them busy
Long plane trips can mean bored, tired or overstimulated kids.
As a mother who has gone on 11 international holidays with children, Leann Middlemass suggests: “When travelling on a plane, always bring pencils, small board games or puzzles.”
3) Prepare for medical emergencies
Children are more likely to be great travel companions if they’re feeling hale and hearty.
Mary Dawes, a Sydney mother of four (with one on the way), advises: “Always pack medications that may not be available at your travel destination, particularly children’s Panadol or Nurofen. If it’s tried and tested at home, it’s always better to take it from home, rather than risk trying something different while away.”
4) ‘Bribe’ them
Sometimes a simple reward works wonders. Melbourne mum Melissa Jeffcott admits: “I keep a large supply of Dollars/Pounds/Euros handy for bribing them – with ice cream!”
5) Be organised
Travelling with children can be exciting and enriching – especially if you’re organised.
Susanne Thiebe, mother of three boys, notes: “I’ve travelled overseas on my own with a 5 year old, a 3 year old and a 4 month old – I survived and actually enjoyed it! I think the secret is in being organised – know what to expect and prepare for the worst so nothing surprises you.”
Keeping the whole family involved in organising the holiday is another way to build excitement ahead of a trip and helps ensure you’ve got everything covered.
Pick up a copy of Lonely Planet’s ‘Not For Parents’ book to educate your kids about your destination, or get them to create their own travel itinerary with Bound Round and explore the different kid-friendly activities available at your destination.
Do you have any other travel tips to add to these? Please share with us in the comments below.