A holiday with kids doesn’t have to be every parent’s nightmare. On the contrary, it can turn into a wonderful time for the whole family, even if a challenging one. This is why I’m going to give you some tips for travelling with children and making the most of your holiday.
- Plan your holiday
There are holiday packages designed specifically for families which can help you find a good balance between adults’ and children’s needs. All parents travelling with their children should:
- take some extra time: you need to take into consideration your children’s needs, too as they can’t keep up with your pace. So don’t plan an action-packed holiday, because children often want to stop to see things, play, and go to the toilet… You’re not the only one who needs to get some relaxation, your child has to find some peace, too;
- let their kids take part in the organisation: prepare them by showing pictures of the places you’ll visit, by telling them some stories about them and by asking them what they would like to do;
- not forget medicines and documents, especially if travelling abroad.
- Involve and engage them
Your children are going to be the co-protagonists of this holiday, so here’s how you can help them feel like they’re actually playing this role:
- let them share their opinion: this is mostly important when planning the journey, but you can always ask them what they would like to do the next day;
- give them a camera: of course, a children’s one, to entertain them even when visiting a potentially boring site;
- let them buy a notebook to keep a travel journal: if they’re old enough to write, this is an interesting way to keep them busy and motivated, because they’ll have to look for postcards, take photos and collect small items;
- add a workshop to your travelling agenda: some of them can involve both little ones and grown-ups, like the mask-making workshops in Venice.
- What to do during the journey
This is one of the hardest parts of every holiday, because you may face some delays. So:
- use technology: smartphones, tablets and interactive books are great because they offer different games and apps, yet occupy a very little space;
- bring some snacks: avoid sweets, though, because they will only make them too lively. Try dried fruit, for example;
- choose public transport: it’s always funny for children, even if you’ll have to pay extra attention to them.
- Food: kids’ favourite Italian dishes
Kids’ tastes aren’t always in tune with adults’. But Italian food can be a great help for parents, because all children love at least one of these dishes:
- pizza: do I REALLY need to tell you more?
- pasta: you can put almost anything on it – tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, pesto -, or try a carbonara – spaghetti with eggs, cheese, bacon and pepper;
- lasagne alla bolognese: another classic, meeting almost every kid’s taste thanks to its perfect mixture of a unique kind of pasta, tomato sauce, béchamel sauce and meat;
- mozzarella and tomatoes: as simple as its name, this dish is made up of a very special kind of cheese and some slices of tomato, both seasoned with some olive oil, salt, pepper and maybe a pair of basil leaves.
And what if kids could make their own food? Some travel experiences include cooking classes, too. So, while you’re tending to your own, your children may be preparing their ice cream, for example.
So, family holidays aren’t a nightmare, after all. You simply need to plan them, in order for every Jack to be happy.