A family holiday — what could be more fun? Okay, maybe a romantic weekend away with your S.O. or a spa break with your girlfriends. But this is all about fun with the kids, so you can’t leave them behind. (Sorry.)
We all love a family holiday — a great opportunity to make memories to treasure forever. But before we get to the holiday part, we need to get through the journey. However you travel with your kids, you have to approach it with a generous dose of realism. It may get a bit messy.
1. No car is big enough
They say good things come in small packages, but that’s not true when it comes to road trips. Kids need a lot of stuff. And then some.
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2. You can only plan so much
One aspect of family travel you can’t organise is your child’s behaviour.
3. Mess, mess and more mess
Within about five minutes of your journey starting, your child will look like this.
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4. Be prepared for anything
Even though they are just little people, kids have the ability to destroy pretty much anything they come across.
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5. A travelling toy box
Make sure to save enough room in your car for all of your children’s must-have souvenirs.
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6. People may judge your tactics
But you have to do, what you have to do. It’s all fun and games until a child gets lost in a theme park. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
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7. Get creative when you need to
You’ll surprise yourself with the ingenious ways you come up with to get the kids from A to Z.
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8. Tuning out the noise
Try to block out the tantrums. Eventually, he’ll stop or fall asleep.
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9. With minutes to go, they all crash out
And they’ll be super grumpy when you have to wake them up. Enjoy!
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10. They won’t always appreciate your efforts
Regardless of how much fun you are having or how much time you spent planning the perfect holiday, one of your kids will act like you are ruining their life.
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11. Your car will look like this
You’ll start to wonder where all the trash possibly came from.
12. The memories you make will last a lifetime
Despite the stress, the tantrums and the mess, a family holiday is the perfect opportunity to connect. In a few years, no one will remember the crazy moments but they will remember how much fun you had.