Traveling with children of all ages can be one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences in your life. Together, you discover the world, different cultures and lifestyles, and share with your children your passion for travel. For our best-in-class travel agents travel is one of the best forms of education.
So, to make sure your little (or not so little) travelers are happy throughout the trip, some of our family travel experts want to share with you some ingenious travel tips.
Amy continues: “When you have small children, I like to plan one cultural outing or fun excursion that the parents really want to see and/or do, and then spend the rest of the day doing something very kid-focused. Local ice cream and sweets are always a good treat afterward. For instance, we walked through the Tuileries Garden in Paris, hitting the Carousel and the Louvre, but then grabbed a delicious ice cream cone and headed over to the Luxembourg Gardens where the kids enjoyed the playground and just listening to the other children speaking French. Another time in Salzburg, we rode bikes all around and ended up at a local public pool where we paid to get in and spent the afternoon swimming with the locals.”
“When working with families with younger children I give them websites they can visit ahead of time to get an idea of what is coming,” Ellen continues. “When I work with families with older teens that is not as critical, but it is fun to recommend books that correspond. And my final suggestion is to travel as your family works–if you have a busy family and you like to go, then plan away and use your momentum to fill your days with exploration. If you know your kids need downtime in the afternoons, then ensure to make time for them to unwind. But if your teens like to sleep in, don’t let them. You didn’t take them on a wonderful vacation for them to sleep it away.”