Taking your young children on holiday is always a risk. It could go well, but it could be a complete disaster. To make sure your trip to France goes without a hitch, here are some essential tips.
It always pays to plan ahead when you’re traveling with young children. The alternative isn’t even worth thinking about it. Anyone who has taken a holiday with young children and tried to make decisions off the cuff will know how unappealing it is. Trying to make plans while you have children running around and making noise is not fun.
So, a few months before you even board the plane, you should make sure that you put together plans and decide on everything you’re going to do. Sit down with your partner or whoever you’re going with and put solid and detailed plans into place. The great thing about traveling to France, is that there’s plenty of readily available information and guides to give you ideas before you get there.
Get the Accommodation Right
You should, of course, make sure that you have your accommodation plans in place before you arrive at your destination. This is a common sense tip, but a lot of people still think they can get a better deal if they leave booking their accommodation until the last minute. But this is very risky, and I certainly don’t recommend it if you’re staying in Paris because city centre hotels fill up very quickly.
It doesn’t matter where you decide to stay, but you should do your research and make sure you know everything about the place you’re going to stay before you book. HouseTrip apartments in Paris are a good option though. They let you stay in a more comfortable and relaxed setting than a hotel.
Make the Boring Things Fun
Keeping your children happy on holiday is never an easy thing to do. But you can’t be active 100% of the time, even if your children want to be. There are boring things that we can’t avoid. So, the trick to keeping your kids happy and entertained is making the boring things more fun. This might sound vague, but it’s actually pretty simple.
For example, if you’re traveling around a French city, make sure you take public transport rather than simply hiring a car. There’s a lot of novelty involved in taking a train journey for young children, so make a game out of it. It’s just about using your head and thinking creatively.
Keep Them Busy
When you have young children to cater for, you can’t spend too much time walking around and taking in the sites and galleries that you find in most French cities. These activities won’t satisfy many young children who just want to have a bit of fun. You should get online before you go on holiday and read articles and blog posts by parents who have taken the same trip as you’re going to, to give you some ideas.
There are other small things you can do to keep them busy when there’s a break in play though. For example, I always find that it’s a good idea to encourage them to start a travel journal in which they can write down all their experiences.
Traveling with the family can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. If you want things to go smoothly, follow these tips.