Children are good travel companions because they are so adaptable. They quickly learn to fit into different cultures and pick up languages faster than adults. Here are some other reasons why you should travel with your children:
Deciding to take a trip is the first step. No matter how long you plan to be gone for, the following tips will help you prepare.
Tip: The shorter your trip, the more important it is to make sure you'll have good weather. Nothing ruins a weeklong trip like 5 days of rain. It's also important to pick a place you know you'll like, since you don't have the luxury of time to seek out a better location.
Children are typically comfortable and happy to explore a new environment as long as the parents are comfortable and happy. Here are some tips for making travel easier with children:
At first, children can be afraid of a new environment or strangers. Let your children stay close to you if they want. Given some time, they'll likely lose their inhibitions and gain confidence to explore and interact with people.
Strange food can be another instant turnoff for children. Don't force them to try something they are dead-set against. Once they see adults enjoying foreign food, they'll likely want to try it, too.
Being in a new environment can cause some parents to worry more about their children. When doing outdoor activities, pick a safe route, teach your children some basic rules and let them go. Most of the time, travel in a foreign environment is no more dangerous than being at home. Sometimes, it's safer.
The most important thing when traveling with children is to avoid overdoing it. You can still cover a lot of miles — it's just going to take longer. Avoid long travel times for short activities. Children are much happier with shorter drives and more time for activities. Here are some other travel tips:
By T.D. Wood
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Last updated: Tue Aug 07 14:51:09 PDT 2012
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