Travelling can be tough, even as an adult. You frequently find yourself out of your comfort zone, in strange places and without the usual touchstones that make up your home life. Things are even tougher as a child, as children deal with all of those issues but are also left with very little control over what happens. Below are three tips you can use to make traveling a bit easier for your child.
As an adult, you know that the secret to getting from point A to point B the fastest is to avoid stopping. Children, though, don’t quite work that way. Instead of seeing a road trip without stops as something to be desired, they just see a long trip trapped in a car or a plane. As such, one of the best ways to make your child more comfortable while traveling is to make frequent stops. Be prepared to leave efficiency behind in order to make sure your children are comfortable.
If you are absolutely on a tight schedule, there are still things you can do to help out your kids. Make sure that every stop gives everyone a chance to get out, stretch their legs, and use the restroom. If your children are young, try to make sure you stop for lunch somewhere the children can get out and play. Even a brief fifteen-minute break from sitting in the car can be helpful.
Make Them Part of the Trip
Try to remember that your children are going on the trip as people, not as particularly fussy luggage. As such, it’s time to start giving them at least a small say in what gets done while on the road. Even if the choices they make are small, this still helps them buy into the entire process and allows your child to have a few brief moments of happiness.
It might be a good idea to allow your child to pick where you stop for lunch, for example, or choose the seats when waiting for a plane. These choices don’t really matter in the long run, but they help your child to feel like he or she is making a difference on the trip. If you want to try this on a larger scale, let your child pick some of the activities for the trip. This will help to make the trip something in which the child has a real stake.
Stay Somewhere Comfortable
Finally, you’ll want to remember that it can be tough for your child to stay somewhere new. If you are going to a far-off place or another country, why not try staying somewhere that will feel more like a home? Picking a comfortable place to stay at night, like these London vacation rentals, will give your child a home base from which to work and someplace to return to at night that feels safe.
Even if you can’t pick an actual home to stay in, you can still try to find a place that is child-friendly. Even if you are trying to be immersive, you can make sure that the place in which you lodge has a few touches of home. The more you can do to make your child feel safe at night, the more he or she will enjoy his or her days.
Always make sure to keep your child’s happiness in mind when you take a trip. Make sure to take frequent breaks, to involve the child in planning, and to stay somewhere comfortable at night. These minor changes can make a huge difference in how your child perceives your trip. With a little luck, these changes will help your child to embrace travelling and enjoy his or her chances to see the world.