What a wonderful gift to give your children – the gift of travel! There is no better way to expand the mind of your child than by showing him or her the sights, sounds and tastes of different cultures around the world. Along with its many rewards, travelling with children has its challenges, too. Here are some tips to help make your family vacation an enjoyable and memorable experience for everyone.
Picking a destination
Just because you have your kids in tow does not mean that every vacation has to be to Disneyland. Children are capable of experiencing and enjoying a lot more than character parades and the latest thrill ride. But you do have to be realistic. A vacation to Paris with a fully-packed itinerary of churches and museums is likely to turn your children off travel for good! “When choosing a destination for a family vacation it’s important to take into account the specific likes and dislikes of each member of the family,” says Jon Sondrup of Valhalla Travel in Keswick. “If everyone can’t agree, then it may become trickier. But if, say, half the family likes to ski but the other half is more into sightseeing, there are plenty of places, like Austria or France, that can keep everyone happy.”
Finding a hotel
If you are travelling in North America, many hotels offer packages where kids under a particular age can stay for free in their parents’ room – which will most likely have two beds or one bed and a pullout couch. They may also get a free breakfast and other little perks. In Europe it’s a bit different with many hotels offering family rooms which are called triples or quads depending on the number of beds.
Creating an itinerary
When planning your vacation be sure to include plenty of downtime to wonder around, take in the local culture and just hang out without having to tour a specific site every minute of every day.
Planning a family vacation? Let the travel experts at Valhalla Travel help you create a memorable family experience. Visit them online at www.valhallatravel.com.