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If you were a wanderlust addict in your youth and you have done the stereotypical solo jaunts such as backpacking across Thailand, youth hostelling in India, and interrailing in Europe, you might be at a loss now you’ve settled down. Although you wouldn’t swap your kids for the world, you can struggle to see how you can embark on any travel adventures until they have grown up and left home. You enjoy reminiscing about your younger days, traveling on a moment’s whim. You used to love immersing yourself in new cultures, meeting new people, and exploring new environments.
You may have been one of those people who shunned the idea of a package holiday. Instead, you went trekking somewhere where tourists fear to tread, you might have found the most obscure place on a map that you could find and made it your mission to visit it. If you are eager to harness this adventurous spirit once again, why not consider taking your kids along for the ride. While toddler type little people may be a little too small, children over the age of eight or so can gain so much from visiting new countries and meeting people different from themselves. While your kids might grow up yearning for an all-inclusive resort on a generic Spanish costa, you can do all in your power to open their eyes up to the real world. Traveling with kids isn’t easy at the best of times, so take a look at this guide to help you get the most out of your wanderlust adventure.
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Planning your trip overseas can be a challenge with a small brood in tow. You are already limited to the school summer holidays if you want to take an extended travel break. This can mean increased prices for the peak season for travel. However, if you choose to fly somewhere a little out of the ordinary, you may notice very little price differential at all.
To obtain the cheapest available prices for your flights and accommodation, it pays to check out comparison sites. Specialist flight comparison sites will assess an array of airlines for the dates that you are looking to fly. As a family, you will want to sit together and travel together. It pays to book early and to pay the extra to reserve your seats. This can save any anxieties on the way to the airport. If you are keen to watch the purse strings, think about taking a flight at an ungodly hour. While this can be a nuisance, it can also save you a small fortune. A flight at 3 am will be up to half the price of a flight at 3 pm. In any case, a night flight isn’t always a bad idea, as your little darlings may spend most of the flight having a kip. Also, think about flying indirect. A short stopover here and there will extend your time traveling to your destination, but it will also keep costs down.
For your accommodation, get reserving your rooms early, especially if you are planning a multi-destination trip. There’s nothing more exciting when you are young, free and single, than traveling on a whim with very little planning in place. You may even have landed in your destination back in the day without an address for where you will be staying on your first night. This isn’t a feasible option now your little ones have arrived. For peace of mind, you need a skeleton itinerary, which includes your accommodation. There are many large booking sites that allow you to reserve a room without paying upfront. This gives you the flexibility to choose your hotels, hostels, or self-catering accommodation without committing to payment. You can swap around and play with your itinerary without worrying about your cash. Most of these sites allow free cancellation up to seventy-two hours before the booking date of your accommodation.
When you were younger, you probably relished the chance to get off-grid and away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. While you may have shunned your smartphone a decade ago, you will now see it as a lifeline. With kids in tow, it’s crucial that you have your smartphone on you at all times. This will be your safety net, and can ensure that your family remains safe, secure, and connected to the world at all times.
Take a look at the smarty travelling blog, and explore the options of an unlimited sim for your mobile. By inputting one of these into your smartphone, you won’t have to worry about your data usage. Forget about worrying about your roaming and your 4G, and allow the unlimited data to soak up your googling of landmarks, your Google maps reading and your game playing. Often your kids may get a little weary when traveling, so they might need to be given a smartphone to watch a YouTube video or two to keep them content, quiet and happy.
If you are eager to take your safety to the next level, consider taking a GPS device with you wherever you go. If you are heading to trek the Inca Trail or you fancy taking a jaunt to the Amazon rainforest, you don’t want to be getting lost. A GPS device will ensure that you will always have your coordinates should the worst happen.
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If you are keen to make your adventure one to remember, you will need the readies to fund your trip. This can be difficult, especially in uncertain times. While the Covid-19 pandemic is currently wreaking havoc across the world, it doesn’t mean that you can’t plan your trip overseas. This could be a good time to get all of your financial ducks in a row, to start saving, pay off debts, and get your cash in a more fruitful position.
When looking at your cash flow, consider how much you have in savings. If this nest egg is lacking, it’s time to sort out a budget. There are plenty of templates online to help you budget for your household. By listing every piece of expenditure, from the croissant on a Friday on the way to work to the Sunday newspaper every week, you can spot items that you can shave off your outgoings. Every penny that you save can then either go in your savings account to save up for your travels, or you can put it towards clearing your credit card. Both of these options are valid. If your debt is manageable, go for the savings option. If you want to get your debt down to a more comfortable position, pay off the credit card or store card before topping up your travel fund.
When it comes to exchanging your money from pound to dollars, yen, or krona, make sure that you shop around. You’ll be surprised at just how varied the exchange rates can be. If you are swapping £500 for the equivalent in euros, for example, you could see a difference of up to £40 worth depending on where you exchange your cash. Check out a currency exchange comparison website and shop around. If you’re happy having your currency posted to you rather than picking it up, you can get an even better exchange rate.
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For your little ones to get the most out of their travel experience, they need to have an input towards the planning. This can cause you to have a mild panic attack, but welcoming them into the itinerary planning sessions will be worthwhile.
Ask your kids what they want to get out of their trip with you. The chances are that they will be eager to contribute. If you tell them that you are planning on heading to Australia, Japan, or Costa Rica, they will soon find their way onto the Internet to research the destination. Coming armed with knowledge, they may tell you that they want to go to Mount Fuji just outside Tokyo. They might want to head to the parrot reserve area in Costa Rica. Or they might want to hit Bondi Beach in Australia.
Listen to your cherubs as they will educate you as to the sorts of activities you can take part in on your trip. Give them some suggestions while listening to them and create a long list of potential landmarks to visit, restaurants to go to, vistas to see, food to try, and activities to partake in. Remember that each of your kids are individuals and will want to get different things out of their trip to a new country. One of your darlings might be shy and quiet, but might be eager to meet new people and make friends with children their age. Your other child might be ridiculously outgoing, super adventurous, and a bit of an adrenaline junkie. You need to cater for everyone on your trip. Doing this can be challenging, so ensure that everyone understands that to enjoy what they want to do on the trip, they have to make allowances for the rest of the family.
Heading overseas with kids can be a different travel experience, but you will find it fulfilling, awe-inspiring, and fun.Follow me on social media for more!
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