How to travel with a child
The first trip with children, both for parents and for the children themselves, is a pleasant, and at the same time, exciting event. After all, going on a trip, we can’t always foresee how our child will behave in a particular situation, in an unfamiliar place, with strangers. We begin to worry in advance how the trip will go, what to take with us, how the child will move the road, what to do with it, and if he gets sick, where to turn and other similar questions. And not in vain …
Today, more and more families travel together with children, and not only because there is no one to leave them with, but also because they want to show the child new places, introduce them to traditions, people or just take them to the sea, which is especially true in the winter, when everyone is so lacking in sun and heat. And it doesn’t matter whether a small child is already at a conscious age, in any case, this trip will not remain forgotten for him and will undoubtedly bring benefits.
In order for the trip of the whole family to go well, you need to consider many factors, such as, for example, the age of the child, eating habits, hobbies, vacation spot and others.
In this article, we tried to collect general recommendations based on our own experience.
Traveling with children
Travel planning with a child
Planning any trip is an important part of a successful trip. This includes the search and booking of tickets and accommodation, sightseeing, attending recreational activities, catering, transportation methods. By and large, this applies to independent travels, but when traveling on a tourist package where some of the issues have already been resolved for you, you should not fully trust, but analyze the issues yourself.
When booking tickets for any type of transport, you need to keep in mind that the cost of a ticket for a child, depending on his age, is 40-50% cheaper. In some cases (for example, if he does not occupy an extra seat or under the age of 2 years), you will not have to pay for a child at all. The same rule applies to movement in suburban and urban modes of transport. As we remember in Russia, children under 7 years old have the right to travel free of charge if they do not occupy a separate place. At the same time, sometimes it is necessary to move away from this opportunity, in cases where long movements are ahead and it will not be easy to hold the child in her arms, and it will not be easy for an adult.
Hotel or rental housing
When looking for a location, pay attention to the convenience of the location to places of food, entertainment, recreation, beaches, while you should not forget about the peace of the night, otherwise you and the children will not be able to sleep. Sometimes it’s not easy to take all these wishes into account, so choose the most preferred option.
Hotels are more focused on accommodation in double rooms, where there is no possibility to put an extra bed; or hostels whose rooms are designed for 4-8 or more residents, with a shared bathroom and toilet. Of course, such places are not for families with children. At the same time, when booking through search engines it is not always correct to give the result according to the number of guests, and instead of 4 people you may end up in a double room, which will not be the most pleasant surprise. Therefore, before booking it is better to check with the hotel the possibility of settlement and the number of beds by contacting by e-mail.
If in hotels it is not possible to find something suitable, then one of the solutions is to rent a house (apartment or room). The apartments offer both one-room and two- and three-room apartments with furniture and a kitchen. Moreover, the presence of a kitchen in the case of traveling with young children is very helpful, you can cook your favorite dishes for a child, and save on food for the whole family.
One of the most popular reservation systems is Airbnb. For registered users, the system provides a system of bonuses and discounts when booking, which will be a pleasant addition to the rest. Even for the first booking, upon registration, the link below offers a real discount of $ 50.
Meals with children on a trip
We will have to take care of the nutrition of children. Consider that the child needs to eat at least three times a day, the food should be full, some children need special food, which not every restaurant and cafe can offer. As you become more, the cost of food increases. Accordingly, you need to look for more budget places for a snack, the search of which is worth worrying in advance. Try to find places that will be acceptable to both adults and children, read reviews about them. A good option in this case are family cafes, where, in addition to a varied menu, there are small playgrounds with toys for the child to have fun and rest from walking.
The nearest supermarkets and convenience stores are a great help in resolving the issue of nutrition. They have more choice and assortment. If the place of accommodation has its own kitchen you can always cook.