Taking a trip with young children requires careful planning, especially if it is a long haul tour that will take quite a long period of time. On a vacation where the destination is new to everyone involved, extreme care has to be considered. This is because children assume their parents to be experts in worldwide destinations, as well as seek total security from them. When children are exposed to new experiences, they gain the capacity to succeed in all aspects of life.
Adaptability of parents is considered to be the ultimate travel guide for children, including parents’ ability to create humor to keep the kids joyful throughout the trip. The following are some travel guide tips for parents:
• Expose Your Children Early
Children should be exposed to realistic situations of travel, such as getting used to planes, cars, new situations and environments. If this is done during the early stages of children’s lives, future travelling will be enjoyable and easier for the entire family.
• Avoid Promising Unrealistic Expectations
It is always wise to be realistic and set limits for the kids and parents too, as it is not possible to get the most out of a trip. You therefore need an itinerary to follow and plan for some time to cool off from the stimulating travel. During this time kids can read a book or even swim in a pool.
• Involve The Children In Planning The Trip
It is important to involve the children in the planning process of a trip, once you have made up your mind on the trip destination. Discuss with your kids and ask them to select the things they would like to see or be involved in by showing them pictures, books or articles. This is a way of ensuring your children will never forget the tour.
• Give Your Children A Sense Of Responsibility
To make your children feel included and empowered, allow them some freedom of control. This will enable the kids to remember the tour more positively and vividly, having been exposed to a hands-on experience on the trip. For instance, you could ask your children to help in finding the gate number and flight number at the airport to allow them feel empowered. You could also allow them to take responsibility of checking, packing and carrying their own bags. Allowing them to perform these simple tasks provides opportunities to strengthen their reasoning and social abilities. It also allows them to have excellent reading and math skills, while enjoying time in their lives.
• Do Beyond What You Are Used To
It can be really daunting to travel with children, and it’s at times easy to stick to what one knows. It is very important to try out new things as a family, probably what you thought could be impossible. There are new features, new cultures, exceptional meals and much more, all waiting for your exploration. A renowned world leader Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world’. Therefore, travelling through the world with your children will equip them with more wisdom and knowledge, and as they enter into adulthood, they will embrace the encouragement of becoming world ambassadors of peace and global awareness.