While the thought of travelling overseas with kids might sound a bit terrifying, it doesn’t have to be. Just
follow the helpful tips below and have yourself, a fun, safe and enjoyable family holiday.
Well it kind of goes without saying, but probably the single most important factor in planning an overseas
family holiday is your choice of destination/s. If you’re going to visit family and friends, that is entirely
different, but if you are simply going on holidays, take some time to think about the following questions:
- How safe are the countries you’re thinking about? Would you feel safe being in large public areaswith your children, e.g. crowded market places?
- What are the sanitation and hygiene standards like and what are the healthcare services like?
- What type of travel insurance will you need? Check out Covermore for more information.
- What type of things would you like your children to experience on an overseas trip (e.g. natures/theme parks / different cultures, etc)?
- What sort of activities and interests appeal to your children about some of your shortlisteddestinations?
Any good holiday starts with good planning. If you’re children are old enough, get them to help you
research the country/countries you’re thinking about visiting. Get them to look into things like:
- Currencies and exchange rates
- Language and key phrases for travellers
- Daily travel costs
- Cultural dos and don’ts
- Key things to see and do
- Map out an itinerary
Irrespective of age, all kids need to have some semblance of a daily routine and to know they’re safe.
Make sure when you plan and set your itinerary, that your kids understand where you’ll be going and for
how long for. Make sure they know what the key attractions of the trip will be and give them a camera to
take their holiday happy-snaps. The aim of this planning exercise is to really get your kids excited about
their upcoming trip and to get onboard with it. If they’ve bought into it, they’ll most likely enjoy it more and
be great little travel buddies.
A massive component of good parenting is communication. Make sure you engage your children in the trip
from start to finish by talking to them about all aspects of it. It really is all about managing their expectations
(to the best of your ability) and making sure they understand what is going to happen and when. If you’re
heading to some far-flung destination and you’ve got a return long-haul flight to get through, make sure you
talk to them about that and how to minimise boredom.
Travelling overseas with your children can be a fantastic experience. It will give your kids a whole new
appreciation for the world and allow them to see how other people live and to hopefully, have a greater
appreciation for different cultures and ways of life. To make sure you have the best trip possible, make sure
you involve your kids from the outset and you’ll be amazed at how much they grow and learn.