Great Family Holidays Traveling with Kids
How to Make the Most of Your Family Holidays
This Hub is about how to make the most of your family holidays, and get the best out of your kids, no matter how old they are. It will help you make sure the whole family will really enjoy their holiday and the places they visit.
Was last year's holiday with your family as good as it could have been or should have been? If the answer is no - then I guess that the kids weren't as excited by the ancient ruins you visited or the beautiful countryside as you were!
This can be a big problem for many families - so how do we keep the kids happy when we're on great holidays?
As an experienced teacher and I know that both young children and teenagers always work hard at trying to understand the world around them, but first they must be stimulated, challenged, actively involved, and well prepared.
The whole family has to get involved when it's holiday time. If you don't do your homework, then they'll be bored, uninterested, and could even be frightened of the change.
Before leaving this page take a few minutes to listen to Sally Webster's (TEDsCanberra) Travel Stories for Young People, as she is expert at explaining exactly what needs to be done!
I used to be the UK Travel Contributor on Squidoo so a lot of my Hubs are about the United Kingdom.
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When it's time to choose a holiday
Sally Webster - Travel Stories for Young People
"These young tourists are also our future leaders....this is my bid for world peace."
Sally inspired me to create this Hub
This is how we do our family holidays...
We have been taking my son abroad since he was 8 weeks old, so, at 14, he is really well traveled. When we take him abroad we always make sure that he knows something about the culture, history, and geography of the place. We do this to enrich his experience.
Although it sounds like more school, trust me, it is not boring if you do it the right way.
One of our recent trips was to Rome. My son was learning about the Romans at school and that included a week-long school trip to Hadrian's Wall, UK. So, it seemed the right time to take him on a trip Rome itself.
We started reading up about Rome's ancient history and about the places we were planning on visiting. We read exciting stories about gladiators, Roman mythology, gods, and the death of Julius Cesar - nothing boring there.
By the time we were about to set off he couldn't wait to get there and see it all for real and he really did feel as though he was going somewhere very familiar. Of course we also had to do our own reading and research so that we could talk about it all together, and could explain things and arouse his interest with anecdotes and extra info that a boy would like. All this made our trip all the more interesting too.
We first saw the Colosseum when it was too late to go in. Tomorrow we said, but he begged us to cross the road just so that he could reach out to touch it - that's how excited he was! His enthusiasm was completely contagious and we experienced Rome through his eyes.
The result truly was that we had a holiday that we will remember forever.
Inspirational - this is how education should be!
Traveling with kids - they'll need their own bag.
You may be thinking that it's OK for us because we only have one child to think of. I accept that that is easier, however, there are times when a playmate would come in very handy! We have found many ways of having fun, even when it rains on our parade!
And boy did it rain... very hard for three whole days. We, of course, prepared for Easter heat.
This is my son modelling his newly bought plastic poncho. We bought one each, all baby blue, well it was either that or pink! In the end we were even forced to wear our crocs and shorts under the ponchos, making it look as though we had forgotten our trousers! Not very elegant. Even the tourists laughed, but that was the only way we could keep going without getting totally drenched and admit defeat.
The unexpected always happens and so that's when my 'be prepared' mantra comes into its own!
It's important that they're comfortable
Useful Links with travel and kids in mind
- Suntan Lotions, Sunblock and Sunscreens are not Just for Summer
This Hub explains about protecting from the sun's harmful rays. It recommends various sun screens and lotions, and is full of very good health advice.
- Digital Camers for Holidays
Find out about the camera I bought my son for his holiday, tips about taking great photos and details about some of the best compact digital cameras.
These guys know how to keep Busy
Scotland - Having the time of our lives!
We are looking for crabs, limpets, mussels, and edible seaweed - anything that would keep us alive if we were stranded on an island! We had read up about how to survive in the wild, and we're having a great time playing at shipwrecked sailors. Whatever the place, it offers so much more if you are well prepared. A child and adult having great fun!
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