TRAVEL WITH KIDS
Travelling with kids at any age is exceptionally beneficial to them. It will increase their social skills, give them a love and appreciation of nature and most importantly you'll grow as a family. Yes, being with your kids 24/7 can have its downside at times, but you will learn how to make this work and allocate time for yourself. Kids also need time to themselves so scheduling a down day is hugely important as they just cannot go go go!
Travel with your children comes with its own set of opportunities and challenges. It's a fantastic lifestyle for them and they thrive on the changing environments and meeting new people, especially other kids. From our time on the road we have seen some awesome changes in our little ones and we have hit many milestones. Our daughter began walking, we’ve nailed toilet training and began riding without training wheels. They’ve become little fish in the water and we find that it’s the best way to expel their energy while having an absolute blast!
Travelling has boosted their confidence, learning and social interaction, nothing beats watching their outgoing little personalities.
Let kids be kids – Unfortunately they do have tantrums, so just roll with it. They can also be extremely loud and obnoxious and you’ll find most people are very understanding as they’ve had kids of their own.
Pre cook meals – After a day of exploring theirs nothing easier than coming home and popping a nutritious dinner in the microwave. We often make up a big batch of food and freeze. It makes for a less stressful dinner and listening to those cries of, “I’m hungryyyyy”!!!
Plan your excursions – They can be hit or miss, sometimes they work and other times they’re a disaster. Doing some research will help you avoid that 5km round trip with your young children, ours sure didn’t cope with walking for that distance! It’s simply not possible to do everything while travelling with
Your home – We definitely recommend getting a caravan/camper trailer/tent to suit your family’s needs. For us, that required a full kitchen, separate toilet and shower and a washing machine. Trekking to and from the ablutions with your kids every night isn’t our idea of fun and you’ll soon wish you had a shower on board! It goes a long way to enjoying your trip and yes, it’s less stressful.
Planning the trip – Involve your kids in your itinerary, they love being involved in planning and talking about upcoming destinations.
Routine – Try and keep to routine as best you can, we have found this so important. No one likes an overtired and hungry kid.
Lastly, you won’t regret travelling with kids, the quality time you spend with them hugely outweighs the daily grind of 9-5 making money. You’ll become a tight knit family and watch their smiling faces while you explore. You will be amazed at how adaptable and resilient children are to travelling.
"Let kids be kids – unfortunately they do have tantrums, so just roll with it. They can also be extremely loud and obnoxious and you’ll find most people are very understanding as they’ve had kids of their own."