Guest Blog By Logan with Jet Charters
Taking a family trip to another continent can be exceptionally fun and exciting for the whole family. However, it can also be pretty stressful if you don’t arm yourself with the right strategies to properly handle your kids. Things like long and boring plane rides, jet lag, and pungent French cheeses bother kids a lot more than they bother adults. Even if your kids are normally easy-going, taking a trip with them abroad and keeping them cheerful can be difficult for you. Here are a few pointers to help you take a successful and enjoyable trip abroad with your kids:
1. Be prepared for jet lag – Tired kids, especially tired young kids (ages 2-10), are grumpy. At the beginning of the trip, your kids will be jet lagged. As much as possible, you should try to get their sleeping habits back on track. Let them sleep on the plane, so they’re not tired the first day of your trip. After that, set a strict bedtime for them that will ensure they get enough sleep. They probably won’t want to go to sleep at the time you set, since their bodies are used to going to sleep at a totally different time, but be persistent. You shouldn’t have to deal with grumpy, jet-lagged kids for more than a day or two at the beginning of your trip.
2. Slow down – You may have a million things you want to see and do on your trip, but your kids may not be able to keep up with you. When you’re traveling abroad, you’re probably going to have to do a lot more walking than your kids are used to. Be sure to give them plenty of opportunities to take breaks and rest in between all of your sightseeing. A five-year-old, for instance, will have a lot of trouble walking 10 miles a day as you visit all of the attractions on your vacation. So, you might have to carry that five-year-old around for part of the day and skip out on visiting all the places you want to visit in a day’s time. An added benefit of going at a slower pace with your kids in tow will be that you’ll have more time to savor your trip experiences.
3. Don’t forget to do some things the kids will love too – If it’s your first time visiting Europe, you might want to spend most of your trip seeing all the things you’ve always wanted to see. You should, however, keep your kids’ interests in mind too. Look up some kid-friendly places online wherever you’re visiting, and be sure to stop by those places to give your kids a chance to enjoy the trip as much as you are enjoying it.
So, if you want to have the best trip possible with your kids follow the tips above, try not to feed your kids any strong French cheeses, and be sure to take plenty of family pictures!
Author’s Bio: Logan is a travel writer who writes for a variety of blogs about things like traveling with kids, cultural differences around the world, and the benefits of booking a private jet charter.