How to keep kids happy and involved in traveling summer vacations:
Traveling is such a pleasing experience that children carry throughout their lives. But sometimes it’s more like taking a herd of wild goats on holidays. To keep kids involve and happy in traveling summer vacations are very important but not very easy task. When you are planning a family vacation you need to be more planned and here are some suggestions to make your trip better planned and to keep kids happier in traveling summer vacations.
1) – Involve kids in Planning
The best way to avoid any bad mood swing during the family trip is to involve kids in the planning of summer vacations. Ask them for their input on what they’d like to do. Let them do some research on their favorite activities for them to keep them happy in traveling summer vacations.
2) – Personal Camera
Older kids usually have their smartphone with them all the time that keeps them busy and involved. For young kids can be given the child-friendly camera that will encourage them to observe their surroundings and focus on what interests them. You might be surprised at the results from their knee-high view. My daughter loved instant camera (it’s expensive though $10 roll only have 10 pics) but I got her digital small PINK camera and she took lot of beautiful shots and selfies too (mostly her nose and eyes though …lol) but it kept her busy and more observant than getting bored and whining around.
3) – Gadgets
Although gadgets are discouraged on family trips still there are situations when we really need them to keep things in control especially when traveling on the plane or sitting in waiting area for long hours a device loaded with games and kid-friendly apps can be lifesavers.
4) – Use Public Transport
If you are using the personal car in everyday life then traveling by train, bus and boat can be a big fun. My kids always love to go to double decker buses in Europe and always wanted to sit on the upper deck so they can enjoy the ride, so ditch the hire car and use public transport where possible as mostly traveling places are child-friendly overall.
At the end of the day ask kids to draw or write something about your day ‘How was your day’, what did you see or like or anything they enjoyed. My daughters love to write and draw about everything they like or enjoy or anything they are interested about. And after vacations, they usually share these journals with their class to show what they did in vacations and where they went plus these are precious memories of their childhood for me too.
6) – Souvenirs Collection
Souvenirs Collection is always a great idea for kid’s personal collection and saving some memories of the trip. My daughter is a snowball collector and she always eagerly waits for the time so we can go to the souvenir store and she can collect the latest snowball to add her collection.
7) – Look for Kids activity/theme parks
Usually trips consists of museums, galleries, historical places and other sightseeing places. All these things give interest to elders most of the time and after a while, kids get bored with all these things. They need some fun activity like rides or play areas. So to keep kids happy and involved in traveling summer vacations you must have a day or some time of the day for kids activities.