Studies show that traveling with family members can strengthen family bonds—but that only works if you’re not arguing the whole time. Here are a few tips to ensure your next family adventure is more fun than frustrating.
- Get everyone involved in the planning process. Find books geared toward every age group that are set in your vacation destination or activity books designed for little ones traveling there. The latter may include scavenger hunts and language lessons to keep kids engaged throughout the trip.
- Allocate extra time to get from place to place. It always takes longer than you think it will. And when you’re rushing to catch a plane or meet a tour group, patience goes out the window.
- Make sure everyone gets nap time. Being well-rested is a critical component to making sure everyone—parents included—can enjoy every waking moment. When the kids need some shut-eye, adults should take advantage of that time for a nap, too.
- Relax the rules a bit. If sweet treats aren’t the norm at home, they’re excellent rewards for post-museum good behavior. Treats can also be a fun way to get kids to interact with the local culture—they can have gelato every day in Rome, for instance, but how about if they to learn to order it themselves? In Italian!
Next week: Look for Part 2- Family Travel Survival FLIGHT Tips!