Ways to Make Your Vacation with Kids a Superb One
I just love to have a family vacation with kids, and I am sure every parent would enjoy it too. But, being a mother, I have seen that when you wish to enjoy a vacation with kids, you need to plan early and take care of certain things. I want to share this with all parents out there, so that they can make their vacation with kids a memorable one.
Do not freak out too far
My personal experience tells me that if you freak out too far with your kids, you would have to carry a lot of kids’ accessories, especially if you have infants of 2 years or less than that. If you are making a trip to a faraway place, remember it won’t make a difference to your infant. To him or her, a nearby beach is as good as the Amazons. So, the best idea is to travel enough distance to get the feeling that you have travelled somewhere, but not extremely far away.
Let your kids enjoy adequate screen time
It’s okay to restrict the amount of exposure to television at home. As a parent, you can definitely limit the time your kids get hooked to a cartoon channel or play video games. But when you are on a vacation, let the kids enjoy to the fullest extent. Get the battery in your iPhone, iPad, laptop, DVD player or any other such device that you are carrying, fully charged so that your kids have a gala time communicating with their favorite characters.
Give importance to what the kids prefer
If you are planning to stay outside with your kids, you should choose hotels which have stuff like kid camps and water slides. These would go a long way in keeping the kids engaged and entertained. Remember if your kids are bored, your vacation is gone! So, when you search for a hotel, find a place where you can happily turn over the pages of a magazine while sitting by the pool and your children enjoy it out.
Think of some backup
You must be wondering what I mean by backup. Well, let me explain. When you plan a family vacation with your kids, it is time to forget old grudges (if you have any) with elderly in-laws if you want to avoid hotel babysitters. These people will come of great help because whatever the existing or past grudge might be, they will be the ones to hang out with your kids as you have a blast. So rope them in once in a while when you are planning a vacation.
Always make yourself comfortable
There are some families for whom a good camping trip makes the best vacation, while for some others a four-star or five-star resort is the need of the hour. When a kid is with you, it would be a good thing to be honest to yourself regarding the amenities you need to travel comfortably. If you need it, you need it, that’s it! There’s no point in compromising.
Being together doesn’t always make sense
I do not know whether you will agree with me, but a family vacation does not mean that you always have to stick to your family. Give yourself some space too! If you wish to make it to the gym or read a book or listen to some quiet music, let your husband take care of the kids and just freak out. Or you may also go for that much wanted nap or a soothing spa you have been longing for.
Consider your budget
If you are traveling with your family, somehow or the other, you will find it expensive. And you can hardly forecast those extra expenses, especially when kids are accompanying you! You might land up with extra expenses like a lollipop, a hat, or a bagel (it can be anything for that matter!). Keeping all this in mind, book a trip that will not put you into a budget constraint. This is because, if during the travel, you fall short of cash, you will lose all the enjoyment.
Do not complain
Before you step out, leave all complaints at home, because vacations are for pure enjoyment, strange adventures and unlimited fun. If you complain, what will the kids do? So, stop complaining and live life to the fullest extent!