Travel Tips for Family Trips
Traveling with children can be both fun and stressful. There are a few tips that can help alleviate some of the stress and make for a fun-filled trip.
Good preparation is important for any stress-free trip. Let the children get involved in the preparation, and they will be more likely not to complain during the trip. One way to get them involved is to let them pick out some stops or even the destination. Make them find out some interesting facts about their points of interest before leaving. When you arrive, they can be your guide for that location. They will love having some responsibility in the planning process.
One idea that will make it fun for the children is a travel journal. If they are too young to write, they can draw pictures. If they are old enough to write, they can write about the trip and places visited. I am amazed at what my kids write about our trips. Sometimes they write several pages for one stop. For those trips to Grandma’s house for the holidays, older kids can think of information that they would like to know about some of their older relatives. Then during your visit, they can try to get their questions answered. Maybe they can even type up a biography for a gift when they get back home.
Another creative activity that my kids love is photography or video recording. Children of all ages can capture some great shots when given the opportunity. If you don’t want them to use your expensive camera, buy them a cheap one or a disposable camera. Then when they get home, they will have what they thought was important on the camera. With a little creativity, my kids like to spruce up their journals with their pictures. Maybe, they can make their own scrapbooks.
Finally, there are great electronic devices out there to help pass time. You can take turns picking out a movie for your portable DVD player. If you have multiple Nintendo DS, bring some games that can be played by multiple players. There are some DS games that can be played by up to four people. Also, you won’t have to worry about missing pieces to board games, if you purchase some of the games that are on DS. Some of the great games available are Connect 4, Sorry, Scrabble and Battleship.
So enjoy your next family trip and let your children capture some of their own memories.