Travel is a great experience for your young ones and it’s a wonderful thing to share as a family. But the reality of taking kids with you on holidays can be on the stressful side. We asked parenting and family bloggers for their advice when travelling with kids.

Hannah Black-Wijana | The Bali Family Guide

On embracing other cultures:
“Traveling with kids can be really daunting, but it’s certainly one of the most rewarding things you can do as a parent. When you’re traveling with kids, you have to go with the flow a little bit…especially if you’re traveling somewhere like Bali where the cultural norms we’re used to just don’t apply. Allow your kids to eat new things, stay up late, and play with local kids so they can experience everything to the fullest and remember how exciting it was to be somewhere so different from home.”
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Mirela Barisic | Scribe My Journey By Mirela

On making frequent trips:
“We love to plan a family vacation every few months as it takes us to new surroundings and recharges our mind, body and soul”
Mirela also posted on what to pack when travelling with a child here!

My Deal Pro Tip:
Bring all the right accessories
If you’re travelling with really young ones then you definitely want a great pram or stroller. Think carefully about where you’re headed for your needs. If it’s a warm destination definitely spring for one with some sun protection. There’s plenty of options these days in foldable styles as well which is a godsend when it comes to packing.

Elisabeth Stitt | Joyful Parenting Coaching

On maximising travel and fun:
“Build in enough down time. Travel is very new and stimulating. Kids will need to have some slow mornings and lazy afternoons.

If you are visiting people, have conversations before leaving home about how you expect your kids to behave in people’s homes. Remember, things which might be okay in your house (like standing on the twenty year old couch with dirty feet) won’t fly elsewhere.

Find places on your travels where your kids can run free: If a park is not available, perhaps you are visiting a city with traffic-free mall where at the very least you won’t have to worry about traffic.

If you are visiting an adult space—like an art museum—expect to stay a much shorter time than you would on your own. It can also help to give kids an assignment like Find your favorite painting and make up a story about it.

Schedule outings that require better behavior between morning snack and lunch when kids are at their freshest.

Even if there are late nights or early mornings, try to keep the overall sleep within a 2-3 period matching the needed hours for your age child.

Starting around age nine or ten, get your kids to do some of the planning. Even if you are going far away, they can use the internet to google queries like “Fun Things for Kids to do in British Columbia”— or wherever you are. Give them a budget.

Give kids a limited amount of spending money for a given day or for the whole trip, and let any extra sweets, treats, drinks beyond water if it is not a mealtime come out of their spending money. Same goes for buying souvenirs.”
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My Deal Pro Tip:
Bring all the right accessories
Plane rides/car rides/train rides – travelling can be tough on little minds and attention spans. And when they get grumpy it gets tough on adults ears, “Are we there yet?” Don’t forget to pack one or two of their favourite toys to avoid travel inspired tantrums.

Alana Tagliabue | Family Bites Travel

On realistic expectations:
“I am currently travelling around Asia on an extended gap-year journey, solo-parenting and world schooling my three sons. Over the last 10-months, we have slowly travelled through seven countries together.

Kids can be hard work at the best of times. When you add the excitement of new places and face lack of sleep, let alone any insecurity from the unfamiliar, for parents and kids alike, it can be an intense time. My boys are young, aged eight, three and 18-months. My main advice is about being realistic. For the transport phase of any journey; in a car, a plane or train, have low expectations. I expect the worst yet hope for the best.

Tip: Organise a pick-up at the new destination. It will often be at an inflated cost if you get it through your accommodation. So, organise a private driver yourself. When you see the driver hold up a little placard with your name on it – instant relief. Then you see the taxi lines and know you made the right choice!”
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Now that you have some tactics to deal with the stresses of taking your kids on holiday it’s time to get planning!

This article was first published on HERE