Travel Near & Far

 

When hearing the word travel, many people only think about a journey to a faraway place. Travel can include a trip in your own community to a museum or park, an overnight trip to a relative or hotel or a voyage to a foreign country. Whether near or far, you can make your child's trip into a learning adventure. When traveling by plane, check out Traveling with Kids Tips on the Transportation Security Administration website.
 
Here are six tips for travel with kids that will make your trip easier, more fun and a more pleasant experience:
 
Pack snacks: Often when traveling, you may wind up being far from places to eat for longer than expected. Carry a small snack, like a granola bar, crackers, baby carrots or celery sticks, so if anyone gets hungry you'll have something to hold you over until you get to a place to eat. 
    
Know where you are going: It's no fun being lost... and it's even worse being lost with kids!  Make sure you have the address and phone number where you are going and download basic directions.  Carrying a map of where you are is always a good idea, even if you don't have to use it - better safe than sorry. 
    
Mind the time: It's very easy to lose track of time when sightseeing and exploring an unfamiliar place. Make sure you are aware of closing times, last train/tram times, etc. and when planning, factor in time for rests, pit stops and snack breaks. 
    
Pack lightly: Try to pack as few items as possible, it will make getting around much easier. Carrying luggage is tough, and it's even tougher when there is a baby strapped to your back, a stroller to be pushed, and a hand to be held! The less luggage you have, the better.  If you are going away for an extended period of time, many hotels have a laundry room or laundry service.
    
Speak to someone who has been there: It is helpful to speak to a person who has first hand knowledge about the place you are traveling. They can offer suggestions on what was great and what you might want to avoid. The library, travel websites, and licensed travel agents are a great resource and can give you insight on the ins and outs of your destination. 
    
Go with the flow: Things may go wrong, and when not in your regular environment, people often get stressed out and tensions get high. Travel delays, lack of sleep are all part for the course. If things don't go exactly as planned, it's ok... know that no matter what happens, the problems will dissolve when you remember that you're on your trip to enjoy your family and have a good time being together. Create family memories that last a lifetime!