Since summer is right around the corner, you’ll soon start thinking about where to go on holiday and get preparations underway. If you’ve been on holiday with your children before, you’ll know that it isn’t always easy, and sometimes, it feels completely impossible.
They’ll complain that they’re bored, tired, or hungry at least once every five minutes, and by the end of the first day, you sometimes feel like heading straight home. However, it doesn’t have to be like this. Here are five tips to help you have a happy holiday with your kids.
Plan It With Them
Regardless of how old your child is, you’ll find that they’re a lot more invested in a vacation if they’ve had a part in planning it. To get them involved, you could ask for suggestions of places to go, and once you’ve picked somewhere, you can ask them to choose a few activities, so that they have a few things to look forward to. This is also a great opportunity to teach your kids about budgeting, planning, and time management.
Pick Hotels With Pools
When you start to look at accommodation for your trip, make sure that, no matter where you’re heading to, you pick a hotel with a pool, like the Renaissance Santiago Hotel. This may seem silly, especially if you’re not too far from the beach, but it is an essential “cool factor”, and will really help to get your kids excited about going away.
Keep Snacks Close By
It doesn’t matter whether your kids ate three minutes ago or three hours ago, they are going to complain that they’re hungry regardless, so make sure that you always have some food with you to keep them happy. Preferably, you should carry around healthy snacks, rather than junk food, as this is what will give them the energy they need while you’re out and about. Nuts and fruit are great options, so be sure to get some from a shop once you’ve settled in.
Get Them A Camera
Your kids will complain that they’re bored while you’re out, but this isn’t necessarily true; They’re just not engaged in what you’re doing and as such feel as though they’re doing nothing at all. To get them excited and interested, you should encourage them to document the trip, by giving them a disposable camera. You could also get them a notebook so that they can write down what you’ve been up to.
Bring Something To Play
You might have packed your schedule with as many activities as possible, but you’re still going to have some time in the morning and the evening where you’ve got nothing planned. Although your kids might want to spend this time relaxing, chances are they’ll start complaining that they’re bored. To avoid this drama, you need to make sure that you bring something that they can play with, like toys, games, or even a handheld games console.
Taking your children travelling is one of the best experiences that you can give them, so use the tips above to make sure that your trip is a happy one.