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Travelling With Children
Travelling With Children

Travelling with your children is one of the most enriching things you can do as a family. Not only are you showing them new places, new foods and new ways of life, you are in fact widening their world view from the outset - something that can only stand them in good stead later in life.

But, as beneficial as travelling with infants can be, spontaneity has to take a back seat in favour of a great deal of planning. Here, we have pulled together some of our tried-and-tested tips for travelling with the family - we hope they help!

Research family-friendly places before you leave

Whether you are heading to the beach or the city, knowing a little bit about the area before you arrive can only help when it comes to dining out and entertaining the family during the day!

When the brood are hungry after a busy day, knowing exactly which child-friendly restaurants to head to can be nothing short of a lifesaver! Look for dedicated children's menus (by which we don't mean burgers and pizza, but smaller portions of proper dishes) as well as facilities like baby changing, pushchair access and highchairs.

If you are exploring a new city on your holiday, finding out in advance the child-friendly hands-on exhibitions that are on at the local museums and galleries can be a great idea for an enriching, but fun day out away from the crowds. Many theatres also have a dedicated children's programme of events, so finding out ahead of time could mean that you get to see a show too.

Prepare lots of fun distractions

Travelling with children - from toddlers to preteens - can involve a lot of waiting around. Whether that is for food, your plane or even in an attraction queue, it can pay dividends to have fun treats at hand.

From bringing colouring books that match your destination thematically, to giving them their own digital camera and scrapbook to fill with holiday memories or even just ensuring that the iPad is fully charged at all times, it is vital to have distractions to bring out at a moment's notice. You never know when you might need to diffuse a little (or not so little) tantrum!

Find a hotel that can work as a second home

Whether you are travelling or at home, keeping up a routine for your children is essential if you are looking to enjoy stress-free bedtimes. This means that having a space to stay that can act as a home away from home can really help you all enjoy a more relaxed holiday.

For some families, that could be something as simple as ensuring that the bathroom is big enough to accommodate your needs before bedtime, whereas for others, opting for a suite with a separate lounge and bedroom spaces can help keep that all-important separation between sleep and daytime activities.

Extra considerations are, of course, required if you are travelling with a newborn. Ensure that your hotel is able to provide cots and other items you might need.

Travelling with babies, teens and every age in-between can be very rewarding - but there is certainly no harm in making life easier for yourself along the way. Happy travelling!

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