Holiday travelling with your loved one and young kids is fun! But it’s obviously different from travelling solo or with a couple. There will certainly be some challenges and adjustment, especially on the budgeting side and dealing with the little ones. To make it easier for your next family trip, we have listed several practical tips to make your trip a bit easier while at the same time, letting the little ones enjoy their vacation to its fullest. Have a great moment of togetherness ahead!
1.Allocated Snack and Souvenir Budgets
As parents, it will be difficult to say no when our kids ask us for cute stuffed animals, souvenirs, or light bites during your trip. Instead of managing their spending money for them (and spending more than you planned to), use this chance to teach the little ones the responsibility of maintaining their own expenses. Let them know of the allowed amount to spend for extra souvenirs or snacks, and explain that they will need to make the money last for the duration of the trip. This would be a great way to teach kids the value of money as well as the importance of really considering what they want to buy before spending them.
2. Rent Over Grab (Or Gocar)
Despite popular opinion, renting a vehicle during your family holiday is still the best option rather than spending it on online pickup such as Grab or Gojek. For one, you surely wouldn’t spend your whole family holiday only at your villa, homestay or resort, and are bound to make a trip daily to visit as many destinations as possible for your family members to have fun. Especially in Bali, there are tons of car rental that would gladly give you knock-off prices. The island’s local residents will usually be very friendly to all tourists both local and foreign, so you don’t need to be confused in finding the ideal route to enjoy your holiday.
3. Reservations Is Key
Yes, we understand that you used to play-by-ear and go over your holiday trip without a plan before having a family, but now, you have to think of others of your loved ones as well. Do yourself and your kids a favor: make hotel and transportation reservations ahead of time to avoid unnecessary frustrations. Wandering the streets for hours in search of a hotel room or waiting an extra six hours at a train station is not fun at the best of times, let alone when you add a cranky child to the situation. Another useful advice is to choose accommodations that offer one- or two-bedroom suites instead of the standard hotel room with two beds. You’ll pay a little more for this convenience, but a good night’s sleep is the key ingredient to a successful family trip.
4. Bring Your Tab(s)
Still considered as one of top five travel items you should never leave at home during family travel, electronic Tablet (Tabs) has proven itself to be a lifesaver. Use it especially in-between your activity (i.e waiting for ticket queue or on a long car trip) to distract your kids from boredom. Load the Tab with games, music, videos and entertaining programs just in case you don’t have any internet reception along the road. Fill the tabs with white noise as well (sound of waves, rain) so the kids can still feel nature’s vibe during their sleep at night or during travel.
5. Treats And Surprises Goes A Long Way
Holidays are also a good time for education, so always bring small treats to reward your little ones every time they do something good or admirable. Small present like a toy car, puzzle, or coloring book will go a long way in encouraging good behavior for your kids, as well as keeps them entertained. It’s also a good idea to let your children choose a few small souvenirs from the places you visit to give the memorable surprise from the trip.
6. Travel Like Locals
One of the best parts of a family vacation is the quality time spent together away from myriad distractions of everyday life. Take this quality time to the next level and save money while you’re at it by opting to skip the guided tours and explore new places on your own as a family. Even better, when you explore independently, your family can spend more time in places that are of interest to your brood, and less time in expensive tourist shops or places that don’t align with your family’s passions.
7. Slow Down And Cherish
This one actually goes without saying. When you are on holiday with family, tone down your pace and adjust it accordingly so everyone can have a good time without rushing from one point to another. Enjoy your big activity or adventure in the morning when everyone is fresh and recharged. Break up the day and spend some quiet time back at the hotel before you venture out again. Cherish every available moment with a positive perspective, because in the end you will be glad with all the extra effort you made when you see the positive impact of the vacation for your children, your loved one and yourself.