Family travel can be an incredible way to bond with your kids, show them the world, and escape from the hustle and bustle of life at home. But where to travel with kids? Traveling with kids is very different than traveling with other adults, and if you pick a destination that’s not age-appropriate, your vacation could go downhill quickly. Don’t worry, though: we’ve got you covered. Our four-part series provides helpful family vacation planning tips and great destinations for travel with kids of all ages, from babies to teens. Read these posts and you’re sure to have a memorable family vacation.
Tips for where to travel with kids
Here is a summary of our tips for where to travel with kids.
If you’re a parent with young kids, you’re probably starting to wonder where to travel with babies and toddlers. The hardest part of vacationing with young children is not the vacation itself, but getting there. And back. And to all those points in-between. And think of the packing! Read this post to learn the easiest types of destinations for families with young kids. Plus, we asked five of the top family travel bloggers for their picks, and here’s what they told us. Each of these destinations will make a vacation with a baby seem like… well, a vacation.
The good news: this age group has likely graduated out of diapers, cribs, and high chairs (hurray!), so packing for your vacation will no longer require a U-Haul. The bad news: their attention spans are still short, and while they may be too big for the stroller, they’re often too small to walk long distances. Here’s what to look for in vacation for preschoolers and young children. Keep in mind at this age, as kids begin to learn more about their world, everything can be an adventure. Usually, everything is fun, even things that are commonplace in our world like checking into a hotel room.
In my opinion, school-aged kids are the best travelers. They are old enough to appreciate culture and history (and carry or pull their own luggage), but young enough to still enjoy vacationing with their parents. School-age kids are a vacationer’s dream. Read this post to learn five types of vacations your school-age kids will love, plus five specific destinations for a perfect family vacation. Remember to incorporate them as you plan ideas. They may surprise you with things that will interest them. A bonus is if they are learning about it in school.
Travel with kids just gets easier and more rewarding as they get older. Of course, traveling with teenagers has its challenges, but let’s give this oft-misunderstood age group a break: taken outside their comfort zone and their social sector, they make for some of the best travel companions. They do not have to be watched every minute like younger children, and they can take responsibility for their packing and their own entertainment along the way. They are old enough to maybe even appreciate the sights they will see. It is important to involve them in the planning as well, and find something that will really interest them. In this post, find four general types of travel teens enjoy, then read on for specific trip ideas for teens.
No matter what the age group, remember to think of travel activities for kids in advance. It might be enough for each older child to bring a chapter book and the littles some coloring. Electronics like DS devices and iPads are always convenient and make kids happy too.
Where to travel with kids becomes easier when you do what works best for each age group. Think back to your favorite vacations if you were lucky enough to go as a child. Here are more great places for family vacations. Remember your best practices for parenting while at home, bring them on the road to keep the routine as routine as possible, and enjoy the time you get to vacation with your children.