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Next Holiday, Take Your Kids On An Adventure

When you think about going on holiday with your children, your mind probably heads in the direction of the classic options. The word, Disney may pop into your head or perhaps, beach holiday? But why not try something different next vacation and take your family on a real adventure into the outdoors. By doing this you’ll find experiences completely unique to your family. I’m sure you’ll have a whole heap of fun together and if you’re not sure how to get started, I’ve got some tips. Kids Playing OutsideURL

Choose A Few Different Destinations

The brilliance of an adventure holiday is that you don’t have to spend two weeks in one place. After a week in the same place, your holiday does start to get boring. You begin to think about life back home and all the things that are waiting for you. You might even start to consider jotting down some notes for work and you don’t want that. Instead, you want to spend your entire vacation having fun with your family. If you choose a few different locations, you’ll be able to create a packed schedule that will keep you active and engaged.

Pick Some Fun Activities

The activities you pick for your family holiday depend on the locations you have chosen. But one example could be a day hiking. You will need to make sure children are old enough for this type of trekking. I wouldn’t recommend taking your children hiking unless they aren’t at least ten years old. An alternate possibility could be a fishing trip. Kids don’t need to be older to enjoy a fishing trip but it does require quite a lot of patience. You may not want to choose this activity if your children are easily bored.

Instead, you could take a more adventurous option like quad biking. Your kids are sure to love tearing it up on rough terrain as they race around an offroad track. But make sure you’ve got a change of clothes for this activity because you will get muddy.

Travelling In Style

I’m not the best camper in the world. That’s why, if I was taking my kid on an adventure holiday I probably wouldn’t do it with a tent. Instead I’d rent or buy an RV trailer. These trailers are perfect because they provide the home comforts people who don’t like roughing it, need. But they also give you the freedom you need to craft your own fun family vacation. Doing this you’ll definitely have a good time and it won’t cost you a fortune. These trailers are surprisingly budget friendly.

Get The Kids Involved

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Finally, when planning your vacation it’s a good idea to get the kids involved. Ask them what they’d like to do on this holiday and you might be surprised by their intelligent ideas. If you take the time to ask I guarantee your kids will have a whole list of fun things to do. Granted they won’t all be winners but you can pick the ones that are most suitable.

I hope you find these tips useful and have a wonderful adventure vacation with your family.

Planning Ahead for Vacations with Children 

Going on a vacation can be a relaxing and fulfilling experience if everything is properly planned and accounted for. Adversely, without the right preparation and resources, you could find yourself having a lot less fun than you might have expected. This is especially true when you’re bringing along the little ones. As we all know, children can be unpredictable at times (more often than not in fact), so planning ahead is the best way to get the most out of your trip without getting lost between tantrums and “I want this and that” urges. With that said, here are three tips you can use to plan a family vacation in advance:

1. Packing the Necessities

If you’re bringing the kids along, whether it be on a hike or a trip to the amusement park, it’s always best to have certain packing list necessities at hand, such as a first aid kit, handy snacks, a few changes of clothes, and accessories like hair brushes, sunglasses, and sunscreen. It’s also a good idea to give each of your kids a cell phone with geo-location features enabled, so you can easily communicate with and locate them in any setting; this is especially helpful for older kids who like to see some of the sights on their own.

2. Scheduling the Fun and Following Through

Most vacations only last between a few days to a month at the most, so you really should be scheduling the sightseeing in advance if you plan to get the most of your time. Children make it hard to stick to any kind of schedule, especially in new and exciting places, so make sure you educate the kids about the thing they’ll be doing for fun when they arrive at the destination. For example, you could hype up the greatness of the local water park you’re going to see. Adhering to a simple schedule and giving the kids events to look forward to will ensure that you don’t have as many unnecessary distractions.

3. Finding a Church in the Area

If you expect your trip to last longer than a few days, or if you’ll be on vacation on days when church is normally observed in your family, don’t be afraid to check out some of the local churches in the town you’re visiting. Staying true to your family values and religious traditions and connecting with local churchgoers while on vacation is a good way to strengthen the family bond and increase the memorability and meaningfulness of the trip overall. Some people shy away from visiting cathedrals and similar orthodox structures due to the negative misconceptions about Catholicism, but in turn they’re losing the opportunity to discover an interesting piece of the place’s cultural history.

One of the best ways to keep children engaged and also help them become more cultured young adults is to emphasize the importance of learning throughout the vacation. There has to be a balance between having carefree fun and actually gaining some insight from the visit.

Essential Tips for a Stress Free Holiday to France with Young Children

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.

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Plan Ahead
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.

The Easy Guide To Traveling with Your Kids

Anyone who has children will understand that travelling with them on long trips can be difficult at times. It’s understandable that kids don’t exactly love to travel, especially young toddlers. It can be hard work to keep them happy and entertained as well as making the trip as stress free and enjoyable as possible for yourself.

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Below are some top tips for travelling with your kids and how to make things that little bit easier. Each trip that you take will be different and some little dramas are going to be unavoidable, but this should give you a little confidence boost.

Things you probably SHOULD do
First things first, before you take a vacation or short trip, it is important to explain to your child where they are going and why. If they are old enough to understand, then you can try and tell your children some of the exciting things and ‘rewards’ that they are going to get by enduring the travelling. Don’t make the journey sound boring though, make it fun and part of the adventure!

When you talk to your children about the upcoming trip, keep things simple. Consider outlining the highlights and bulleted points of what the trip itself and the travel will be like. What can they expect? What will happen once you arrive?

Make the journey fun, but calm. Try using fun activities like crossword puzzles, books, drawing and family games to pass the time. Avoid games with lots of shouting or running around. The activities you bring need to be small enough to fit into your child’s rucksack so choose travel friendly games.

Apps and entertainment are a great way to pass the time. OK, so not everyone wants their child to be sat in front of a computer screen, but a little bit of movie watching on your phone or a tablet device is fine now and again.

A good selection of travel friendly apps and games are available with a quick google search.  Load them up on your device in advance to save any hassle during your journey.

If you have to fly and your child is scared of this means of transport, try role playing pretend games with them to encourage them to have fun. For example, let them pretend to be a pilot and fly an aircraft every now and again from the safety of the sofa at home before you go. Keep things cheerful and relaxed.

Keep your calm! If your child senses that you are nervous, this is going to make them nervous too.  Try calming techniques to help with any last minute nerves. The better you are feeling about the situation, the more calm your kids will feel.

Arriving on time or early to catch your flight will make all of the difference. You need to stay one step ahead of things as much as possible. Being late is just going to place additional stress on your and your children.

Organizing your travel essentials the night before is key here. Keep everything loaded up in the hallway ready to go and you’ll find that things are a lot easier to manage. You can then wake up, dress, eat and leave the house.

Keeping everyone comfortable is a real winner. If you bundle your kids up, they are likely to get a temperature and feel ill. If you don’t put enough clothing on them, they are going to feel chilly at some point in the journey. Try providing clothing layers that your children can take on and off as they need to.

Lastly, planning your hotel well in advance is essential. You don’t want to arrive and find out that you’ve not booked enough rooms or that you have forgotten something. A quick search will reveal expedia secret hotels, and give you a good starting point for budget travel.

Things you probably SHOULDN’T do
So, there are also a few things that you probably shouldn’t do when travelling. Most of these are really obvious, but can be difficult to remember when travel mania sets in.

Think healthy! It can be tempting to let your kids have whatever they want to eat when you are travelling. Throwing them a chocolate bar or a snack isn’t going to help for long though, as when that sugar rush kicks in, you’re in trouble!

If you have time to plan in advance, then chop up some healthy fruits, carrot sticks, celery and peppers. This could be a great way to help keep younger ones happy during longer car journeys.

Another thing to remember is that although you will be feeling stressed, you shouldn’t take that out on your kids. Travelling is hard on everyone at times and by creating a big scene and yelling, you are just adding fuel to the fire. Try a firm approach with detailed explanations of why they can’t have something.

It is important to keep reminding the kids the reason you are travelling. You should regularly point out that you are on your way to a place where they will have lots of fun, instead of backing down.

Avoid playing loud music and video games with the sound up. You don’t want to cause other passengers any stress. Instead, give everyone their own headphones so that they can listen to whatever they choose. Small earbud headphones are cheap and perfect for travelling but for kids you might want to try some over the ear headphones in smart styles and colors.

Avoid gum and sticky sweets! Avoid anything sticky that is going to have your child either creating a mess or needing to take a bathroom break every five minutes to wash their hands or face. Bring some wet wipes or tissues on every trip, just in case though.

With all of that in mind, just try to enjoy your time travelling together as a family and cherish these moments. You will (hopefully!) be able to look back on them one day with fondness, however crazy they might seem at the time. Be as patient as possible and get your planning right and things will always be that little bit easier than you anticipate.