Stress Free Tips for Traveling with Kids

Going to the grocery store with children in tow can be hard enough, let alone going on a vacation; but that doesn’t mean that your globetrotting has to end when you become a parent. In fact, studies have shown that children who go on holiday with their families are happier and tend to score higher in math and reading. They also obtain more general knowledge than their fellow classmates who do not travel. They are also exposed to more “attachment play” with their parents, which is essential for bonding and have the chance to engage their explorative side, which is imperative for brain development.

Kids need and deserve a break from the every day just like you do, but it can be a challenge for both you and your children when you’re away from your daily routine and on the road. Here are some ways that you can cut down on stress when traveling with your kids.

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    Choose a realistic destination

    Sure, a trip to Australia would definitely be enlightening and educational for your kids, but a 22-hour flight might be a bit much for both you and them, not to mention your fellow passengers. Exploring the historic old streets of Istanbul would be amazing to experience together as a family; but imagine yourself trying to push a stroller up a steep cobblestone hill. Be realistic when choosing your destination and try to stick to a distance and a locale that’s kid-friendly with at least some activities aimed at them in order save yourself from any added stress.

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    Choose the right accommodations

    Take some time to research and consider all your accommodation options before you book — this will prevent future headaches. Ask yourself — ­is your room easily accessible or will you have to haul three kids and five pieces of luggage up an old, winding staircase? A hotel with a pool or a play area might come in handy when one parent needs to entertain the offspring in order to give the other some quiet time. Or perhaps your family is better suited to a rental apartment instead of a hotel room — having access to a kitchen that you can prepare healthy meals in will give you a break from constantly dining out and give your kids a comforting feeling of being at home. Whatever you choose, look before you book to make your stay just a little bit easier.

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