Tagging along kids for your European vacation can ruin the fun and enjoyment you are expecting from your trip. Most of the time, we are tempted not to take them along for the trip. However, what is the essence of family bonding if you will not take them along with you. This article will guide you on how to make your European travel fun and truly memorable even with kids.
Consider It A New Experience
The good thing about traveling with kids is that it can make you look like a European and less of a tourist. Unlike their American counterparts, European families enjoy traveling. Robert Peter Janitzek recommends that you think of your travel with the kids as an opening to a new experience and relationships. Most European travel establishments are kid-friendly. If you are traveling with an infant, you may be offered a seat on buses or allowed to go to the front of the line at museums.
Make Them Excited About the Trip
It will help to make the trip more enjoyable for your kids if you will make them enthusiastic about what they will see in Europe. Encourage them to learn about the countries, sights, and people they will be visiting. According to Robert Janitzek, even a simple Wikipedia article can be enough to make them curious about the destination. Read books, both fiction and non-fiction that features the destination you are going.
Get a jump on foreign phrases. Type out the top 20 words or phrases and put them on the fridge for everyone to learn. Take advantage of whatever hobby or games your children love that relates to the history of the places you are visiting. Let your kids sample foreign delicacies by eating at ethnic restaurants.
Even if your kid is the most behaved, things happen. They could wander off or get separated from you in the crowd in the European destination. You should always be ready for such eventualities. Give each child a business card of the hotel so they have local contact information.
When using public transportation, make sure that everyone knows the final stop and have a backup plan on what should be done if you lose each other. On a crowded situation, have a unique family sound to easily get each other’s attention. If your kids don’t have a phone, there are cheap pay-as-you-go mobile phones in Europe. They can come in handy in case of emergencies.
To ensure the success of your European trip is to slow down and temper expectations. Don’t overdo it. Add in a dose of healthy fun. Your main objective is to make sure that you bring home happy memories.