How to plan a kid-friendly holiday?
All you mommies and daddies out there, hope you all are doing great! If you want to know how to plan a kid-friendly holiday, this post is for you guys!
We all know how our lives change after having kids. We try to fit into our old routine but no, that’s not happening. And the same happens with our travel plans too. Most of the people I know have told me that they find traveling with their kids really challenging. Well, life itself is a challenge, do we stop living it?
No!!! Right? We try to find out ways to make it simple and fun on day to day basis.
So, when you think of planning a vacation with your kids, you need to think of ways how you can make it kid-friendly.
I am listing down 5 ways which have helped us in planning kid-friendly holiday every time–
1- Start with flight bookings.
Choose a flight time when your kid is usually low in energy or sleeps. Like for us, morning flights always work. Nemit is an early riser so by the time we board a flight he’s already exhausted. When he’s low in energy it’s quite easy to handle him and make him sit at one place for a longer time. 9 out of 10 times he chooses to sleep.
You may also read – Top 5 travel essentials when traveling with a toddler!
2- Then comes the hotel booking.
Try to select the hotel/resort which has a dedicated play area for kids (indoor/outdoor). If you can’t find a hotel with a play area, at least check if they have an open lawn. If you are going for a beach holiday, try to book a beach resort so that you don’t have to travel far and have easy and quick access to a clean beach. Last week, we visited Mukteshwar in Uttarakhand and instead of booking a hotel we decided to stay at an Airbnb private cottage. The experience was absolutely wonderful!
3- Talk to the hotel manager.
When you have finalized a hotel for stay, take out time to make a call to the hotel and let them know about your room & other preferences. We prefer rooms on the ground floor and far from the swimming pool, mostly garden facing. Even though most of the information is mentioned on the hotel’s website, it is still a good practice to cross-check the facilities again over a call. Once you are satisfied, make the payment and book the room.
4- Things to keep in mind.
If you are planning a trip with your child for the first time, make it a short one and a leisure trip probably. Stay at only one hotel and visit nearby places. Take cues from your child, if you see he’s happy, excited and comfortable, then you can go ahead and test the limits. If you see your child is not interested in trying out something new, it’s better to take a back seat and follow his lead. Also, start talking about the holiday at least 7-10 days before taking the trip.
5- Kid-friendly holiday itinerary.
Before finalizing the itinerary, do search out a place for kids’ activities, be it a children’s park or play area, or an amusement park/theme park, etc. And plan a day dedicated just for your child.
Check out our Meghalaya trip itinerary – Traveling with a toddler!
We usually take Nemit to a kid’s park and let him enjoy in his own way. Or let him play in the pool for as long as he wants. Or play with him on the beach.
You may also read – 6 pool essentials for kids to pack in a travel bag!
I can add many more points to this list, but I feel if these 5 things are taken care of, it will make you confident enough to go on a vacation with your kids. If you have any questions you can write them down in the comments below or you can also DM me on Instagram.