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Travelling with children involves a lot of preparation, but the rewards are well worth it. Whether you’re going away for a holiday or taking part in a short break, here are some helpful tips to get you started.
“Pack Travelling light”
Make sure that your luggage is packed with as few items as possible and keep things simple by packing only those essentials you will need during your trip. Try to avoid using bulky suitcases, which can be heavy to carry around and take up more room than necessary. If you have any special clothing or toiletries that you want to bring along, try to put them into separate the bags. It’s also a good idea to check if there are any additional items that you may require such as baby formula or nappies that you should pack.
If you’re planning on travelling abroad with children then make arrangements in advance to ensure that everythingWhile most people assume that travelling abroad means spending lots of money on flights, accommodation and food, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes it can actually save you money, particularly when booking online. You could even find cheap holidays right at home! By planning ahead, you can spend less time worrying about where to stay while enjoying the best deals on your flight and accommodation. The same applies to eating out – plan your meals before you go so you know what you will be dining on. This way you won’t be wasting money on something that you aren’t really craving and you’ll save money on restaurants if you decide to eat somewhere else instead.
“Take advantage of freebies”
Many travel websites offer discounts for travellers under certain circumstances. These include offering a free upgrade for a child seat, free delivery options or special offers for families. Take full advantage of these benefits to help you get the cheapest prices for your holiday.
“Look after yourself first”
Once you sort gear, remember to look after yourself too. Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water or herbal tea throughout the day. Be prepared for jet lag and other uncomfortable side effects from travelling by making sure you eat regular meals, sleep enough and manage stress levels. Also, consider visiting a dentist and optometrist beforehand so that you are able to get any needed dental work done and have an eye test done. Many countries also impose a quarantine period for arriving passengers.
“Know how much fuel you need”
If you’re driving abroad, you’ll probably need to fill up every couple of days, depending on the distance you drive and traffic conditions. Avoid over-filling your tank because this doesn’t just use fuel, it wastes natural gas and increases emissions. Try to gauge how many miles per gallon you’re getting, based on average petrol costs, weather conditions and road conditions.
It can be difficult finding affordable hotels outside of major tourist areas. To get the best rates for hotels abroad, book well in advance. If you’re travelling during peak season (August to October), expect to pay more for rooms. You might also find cheaper accommodation by looking online for short term stays.
“Check your insurance policy”
Don’t forget to check your car insurance cover before travelling. Most policies exclude damage caused whilst overseas. It’s important to note the details of the policy, including the deductible amount, excess limit and coverage limits.
“Get some tips from friends”
Travelling with kids can be fun but it also comes with its own set of challenges that you may not have encountered before. Find out what others who have travelled with kids feel is the key to successful trips abroad. Share your experiences with them and they will be able to give you advice on things like childcare, feeding times and general parenting techniques.
The majority of people don’t visit anywhere new twice, so why would they think they should see London again? When you’ve booked your flight, hotel and entertainment, try to stick to similar destinations. For example, if you’re going to Paris, don’t fly into Milan; you’ll end up paying more on both sides