Tips for Family Holiday Travel
Are you planning to travel with kids this holiday season? Villas provide a great option for a getaway, where youâ€™ll find a kitchen to whip up family traditions and space to relax after a big holiday meal. Thereâ€™s ample outdoor space as well, so you can work off those irresistible treats. When you stay in a villa, you can travel with peace of mind, knowing that both your villa and shared resort spaces have been sanitized for you and your family.
Thereâ€™s nothing quite like spending the holidays with the family. Sharing the good times and seasonal traditions creates warm memories that will last a lifetime. But getting to your destination with kids in tow can be a different story.
Here are some great ways to help keep your travels fun for the kids â€” and stress-free for the adults.
FLY THROUGH THE AIRPORT
When flying, pack light with carry-on bags if possible, avoiding that long wait in the dreaded bag-check line. And keep tabs on your flight status online via the airlineâ€™s website or your favorite travel app. Often, youâ€™ll find the option to check in online, skipping even more airport wait time. Saving time when flying â€” especially during the already-crowded holidays â€” can go a long way toward keeping kids, and parents, happy.
PLOT ACTIVITIES ALONG YOUR ROUTE
Long drives can lead to restless kids. So, if youâ€™re driving this year instead of flying, and time allows, try to think ahead and stop at unusual roadside attractions to help break up the time. Have you ever seen the giant dinosaurs towering 30 feet above I-10 in Cabazon, California? Or the Worldâ€™s Largest Ball of Twine in Cawker City, Kansas? Pulling off at a scenic park or having a family picnic at a well-maintained rest area along the way can do wonders for breaking up the monotony as well.
KEEP KIDS BUSY AND ENGAGED
A game, stuffed animal or activity book will go a long way in keeping little ones entertained. Head to your nearest dollar store and stock up for the trip without spending a lot of money.
For the 21st century kid, an e-reader or tablet offers pages of engaging material. Tablets have plenty of kid-friendly games, too. If youâ€™d rather your children go tech-free for the trip, let them pick out a few books at your local library.
KEEP A HOLIDAY TRAVEL JOURNAL
If your children are old enough to write, give them a journal to write about details of the vacation. Encourage them to jot down the familyâ€™s adventures, home-cooked meals and interesting experiences. Itâ€™s a great way to record holiday memories you can all look back on.
Give your children an inexpensive digital camera or a disposable camera and let them get creative. Theyâ€™ll be able to document their experiences, and capture some photos of mom and dad on vacation.
With a little bit of planning, you can keep the whole family in good spirits while setting the tone for fun, stress-free travel this holiday season.
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