Everyone has the right to travel wherever and whenever they want to (except, of course, for conflict zones!). But if you are going with little kids, how do you plan your travel?
Any parent knows that traveling with kids can be a pain, especially if you’re a first-time parent. You have to brave through long walks, long queues, toilet visits, and hungry, thirsty and tired kids. It is far from easy taking care of children when you are traveling. So, a breezy trip for you and your partner where you stayed in hostels, took public transportation and ate street foods is now next to impossible with children around. It was easy to plan a trip before, but now, you have to make an itinerary through NYC bus tours & packages to make sure you can make the journey as flawless as possible.
Regarding cost, traveling with kids compared to traveling as a couple can turn more expensive. For one, you cannot just go to places walking, or by bike or public transportation. If your child is still young enough to walk around, and with a stroller in tow, you must think of places that will not be a burden to you and your partner. If, say, you’re traveling to Spain, it’s more than likely that you would have to choose Plaza Mayor over Alhambra if you are carrying a child with you. It is because the former is flat and has lots of access to seats, restaurants, and toilets where you can go to if your child needs something. For the more picturesque Alhambra situated over rolling hills, there are areas where you cannot bring a stroller with you. So, concerning convenience, a tourist spot located at the city is a better option than one located in a far-flung area.
Because of the overwhelming tasks of planning for a journey with a child in tow, some couples opt to cancel their trip. However, it is a big waste if you have already pre-booked everything and there is no chance for you to do refunds.
Here are some tips to help you travel seamlessly and stress-free with your child around:
1. Plan everything in advance
Of course, when you travel, certain mishaps are bound to happen. But try as much as you can to avoid these “unknowns” by pre-booking and planning everything. Book all your flights, hotels, bus and train rides, and tours in advance, so you don’t waste time and energy into looking around for the best options. If you are not used to booking tours, now is the time to consider them since private and group tours provide convenience. It is something you need and will be thankful for when traveling with your child.
By planning, you can even let airlines and hotels know of your needs (e.g., a baby cot) so the staff can prepare for these before your arrival.
2. Explore the city
City travel provides more convenience for traveling families compared to off-the-beaten tracks. It is because cities have access to facilities that are otherwise hard to get by in far-flung areas. If something comes up and you suddenly need to drop by a drugstore or supermarket, staying in a city can be a massive help for you and your child.
Do not get deterred from traveling if you are going with your child. Proper planning is key, as well as your willingness to compromise for your child’s needs.