10 Ideas for Turning Travel with Children into Fun

10 Ideas for Making Travel with Children (Really) Fun
I pieced together 10 'travel with children' ideas, in order to cut through the stress of just thinking about that feat. You can do it, and even have fun while you're at it!

10 Ideas for Turning Travel with Children into Fun

 

Does your jaw clench at the thought of traveling with children? Well, unclench it. Now. Because I’m gifting you the deets below. You’re welcome.

 

You see, I’ve got children, I’ve got travel experience, and I’ve got ideas.

And I’ve lived through all of the above to tell about it.

 

 

 

 

Yes, really. T.Hanks for asking.

And so without further ado, here goes.

 

 

10 Ideas for Making Travel Fun for Kids

 

 

 

1. Allow them to sample worldly culinary delights.

 

The delectable tastings will be imprinted in their memory banks forever.

And don’t you worry, withdrawing from this bank is easy-peasy.

They’ll be telling stories about gustatory adventures for years to come.

 

 

 

10 Ideas for Turning Travel with Children into Fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Find curiosities in foreign architecture.

 

It’s so much fun looking at, interpreting, and speaking about, buildings. And structures. And playgrounds.

Everything has dimension. Symmetry. Textures and colors.

Explore these together. I promise it to be a win-win.

 

 

 

10 Ideas for Turning Travel with Children into Fun

 

 

 

 

 

3. Be one of them.

 

Yes, be one of them.

Be silly. Play make-belief. Tickle them. Play games. Jump.

Jumping, in fact, is a recurring theme, where my blog is concerned.

Because I believe we heal from the ‘burdens of adulthood’ when we simply let go.

Here’s how it’s done: adopt a glass half full mentality and drink from it, whenever possible. Embrace your inner child to go along with that glass and you’re set to go.

 

(And if you’re a ‘sharer’, as in someone with an active social media account, post those inner child shots. And tag me. ‘Cause I want to see)

 

 

10 Ideas for Turning Travel with Children into Fun

 

 

 

 

 

4. Give them time to be kids.

 

You may be in a foreign place, but that changes nothing for them: they’re still kids and this means they thrive by doing ‘kid things’.

Dedicate time for allowing them to discover the new places you’re visiting.

Let them do it in their own way.

 

 

 

10 Ideas for Turning Travel with Children into Fun

 

 

 

 

5. Integrate yourself in local history.

 

Don’t just regurgitate facts.

Make them think about things.

Recreate scenes.

Make them live through the beauty of older days.

 

 

 

10 Ideas for Turning Travel with Children into Fun

 

 

 

 

 

6. Have them point out differences that stand out to them.

 

Part of the excitement of being abroad is learning from the surroundings. It’s amazing just how eye-opening little details can be. They allow each of us to re-evaluate what we know is true, and to appreciate it (or, strive for change).

Keep them actively thinking by getting involved.

In the middle of a Roman street, for example, not far from the Coliseum, a car was parked, jutted half-way onto the sidewalk. This type of scene is rarely encountered in the area in which we live. But there, in the middle of the street in this foreign space, it seemed perfectly ok.

 

In fact, it was a sight to take in:

 

 

10 Ideas for Turning Travel with Children into Fun

 

 

 

 

 

7. Pretend together.

 

Make up stories that fit.

Not necessarily true one, like the historical depictions from #5, but new ones: Future ones. Funny ones. Fantasy-filled ones.

Who knows: your child may possibly see to it that they come to life one day. Or maybe write about them when they get home. Either way, the imagination gets to come to life.

 

 

 

10 Ideas for Turning Travel with Children into Fun

 

 

 

 

8. Encourage local cuisine AND local tradition.

 

This isn’t just about encouraging the food, but about becoming one with the way in which that food is eaten; it’s about soaking up the culture behind the meal.

Maybe the culture uses different utensils. Or none at all.

Maybe it sips the drink a different way. Maybe the pinkies go up. Or down.

Think it’s nonsense? Au contraire.

Just take a look at a few of the ways the French eat their food. Their meals are considered a ‘pleasure’ to partake in, rather than necessity.

 

 

 

10 Ideas for Turning Travel with Children into Fun

 

 

 

 

 

9. Get down and dirty.

Find ways to explore on their level.

An example is a bike tour, especially if your kids really connect with sports like mine do. Incorporating this type of tour will allow them to learn about their surroundings in a fun way.. and besides, who doesn’t love a bike ride?

Another idea is a ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour; an extra look at how things work, (there are often additional options to standard activities).

At the Coliseum in Rome, for example, there was an option to dress up as gladiators and recreate scenes from that time. My boys had sadly outgrown the activity, age-wise, but yours could maybe still partake and enjoy.

You get the point.

 

 

 

 

10 Ideas for Turning Travel with Children into Fun

 

 

 

Below, arm-wrestling session in front of an arm wrestling graffiti wall.

 

 

 

10 Ideas for Turning Travel with Children into Fun

 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned ’cause it appears I’ve left out the 10th.

.. or maybe I did it on purpose?!?

Guess you’ll have to stay tuned. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll be posting more ideas on travel with children..

 

 

 

 

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