Travel Tips for Family Traveling with Kids

Are you planning a trip with children but don’t know where to start? We asked Sharing the Wander to share her top family travel tips from her last year of full-time travel. After a year of traveling, you have learned a lot about family travel and what it takes to navigate the new normal. Are you ready to travel with your family?

The best travel tips for families

When we sold our house and started traveling together as a family in June 2021, we had no idea where our travels would take us, how we would all prepare to travel full-time, or what we would learn along the way.

1. Stay safe

best travel tips for families when traveling around the world with children
Our first priority when we go somewhere with our children is safety. How to travel safely with children is also what we are asked the most! In most places, a little common sense goes a long way.

If you are traveling as a family with children, find out about the destinations (and some neighborhoods) in advance to make sure you stay in safe areas. Make a Plan in matter you are separated – the children need to know that they need to stay and how to find a safe mature to ask for help if necessary.

2. Setting expectations with children

traveling with children family trips to the museum
Let the children choose a path through the museum of modern art
One of the things we have learned during our family trips is that children need to know what is coming and what to expect. The more we describe to the children what to expect in the coming days or weeks, the better they will ride with the bumps along the way.

We also try to involve the children in decision-making when we can – whether it’s which museum we visit today or what kind of food we should have for dinner.

3. everything takes longer when traveling with children

With children, everything takes longer! A simple stop in the bathroom can take up to twenty minutes. Going through the airport security check or checking documents for four people during check-in takes much longer than if there were only two of us.

Allow extra time, especially for airports. The distances between security, the door, toilet breaks and essential food can be long for little legs. We often think that we are leaving on time, then that we are looking for food before boarding our flight.

4. getting assigned airline seats

Don’t leave your seat assignment until the last minute
When booking air travel, reserve your seats in advance if you can. Many American airlines do not guarantee that families will sit together if they choose the lowest fare class. Changing at the last minute or asking other passengers to change with you can be stressful – you will have a smoother trip knowing that you are sitting together before arriving at the airport.

Think about the best seating arrangement for your family – as a family of four, we prefer to book two groups of seats before two other seats – so that the children have the two window seats and the middle mature seats. So we can easily push things back and forth on the seat and even talk to each other without disturbing the other passengers.

For buses, which often have two rows of seats wide, we prefer to have two on each side of the aisle. Buses often have very high-back seats, which means that when the children are sitting together in front of us, we cannot see them well. If they are next to us on the other side of the aisle, we can see them and help them if necessary, but they are allowed to play together.

5. plan a recovery day

In particular, when changing the time zone, plan a recovery day after your arrival. Children can take up to a full day of changing from hour to hour to adapt.

If you are planning a slow day after your arrival, you will have plenty of time to adapt a little and the children will not be as capricious when trying to visit a major tourist attraction. Record the most important events in matter everyone feels better.

We also try to plan the most important visits before our trip. So if there are certain things that we really want to see in a new place, we do it on days 2 and 3. in this way, if someone gets sick or if you notice that the place is closed, you have the option of rescheduling the appointment. If it’s the last day of your trip, you’re out of luck.

6. search for family rooms

Many hotels outside the United States have family rooms with multiple beds. We can often book a room with a double bed and 2 or 3 single beds. Although our children have shared many double beds that have traveled throughout the United States, we also know that they sleep better if they have their own beds. In many parts of the world, this is easy to accommodate.

If you have older children, you can also book connecting rooms or two rooms in smaller hotels. We find that this is common in older cities, where the buildings are smaller and everything is tighter.

7. bring headphones

Bring headphones for the kids! If you can, get headphones that allow you to completely remove the cable when it is not connected to a device.

Not only are they perfect for watching shows on tablets during long travel days, but they are also great for protecting children’s ears in other situations. We have used them at live music shows, fireworks and even on noisy boats!

8. treat yourself to treats

Part of the fun of traveling is finding new treats and new flavors – so we indulge in more treats while traveling than at home. This may mean visiting a grocery store to choose new snacks to try, or stopping for ice cream or ice cream and looking for flavors that we cannot find at home. You can also make a game by trying new fruits!

Sometimes that means choosing something we don’t like (like those ketchup flavored potato chips in Mexico), but often we all find new favorites. The children loved the Lucuma fruit in Peru and tasted everything they could find in this flavor before we left!

9. take public transport

Try to take public transport! It is affordable than Taxis and is often the child’s favorite part during the day. They love taking buses and subways to new cities-the journey is as much fun as the destination!

The more varied the Transport, the better – look for trolleys, cable cars, subways, buses and even boats. While learning the Oregon and Santa Fe trails, we all couldn’t wait to get on an old stagecoach and a real covered wagon!

10. children need exercise

Explore a playground in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Plan Exercise and play time in your schedule. The kids need to get their jerks out! After wandering quietly through a museum, we try to find playgrounds where you can run, jump and scream.

We also find that when you are mentally absorbing a lot of new things, you need time to be body to help you process all the new things around you.

When we travel around the United States, we try to find a playground with picnic benches for lunch. The matures are sitting outside, the children are playing after eating before getting back in the car.

Wherever we are, we think that playgrounds are great places to meet other children, even if it’s just a matter of playing together for a few minutes. For older children, you may want to schedule time in a rope garden or a zip line so that they can take on the same body challenge.

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