If you have been following me on social media for any length of time, you are aware that I travel with my toddler a lot. Ever since he was 2 months old, my husband and I have been on the go with him, both nationally and internationally. When travelling abroad with him or with our nieces and nephews, like we did earlier this year, we make sure to pack in a lot of child-friendly fun activities. This includes museums, parks, recreation centers, amusement parks, etc. However, tickets to these places can be quite expensive and the experience may not be enjoyable if you go unprepared! Here are five hacks that I recommend for making the most of child-friendly activities while traveling abroad.
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- BOOK TICKETS ONLINE THROUGH OFFICIAL WEBSITES TO AVOID QUEUES:
Booking tickets beforehand is the easiest way to avoid waiting in long queues. The official websites of any tourist attraction have all the information you need to make your family excursion smooth and fun. Cutting queues by booking tickets for that particular place, is an added bonus!
- USE VALID STUDENT ID CARDS OR SENIOR CITIZEN CARDS TO AVAIL DISCOUNTS ON TICKET PRICES:
If your child is a student or you are travelling with senior members of your family, you are eligible for discounted prices of tickets, at most public tourist attractions. Here’s a bonus tip from me- sometimes student ID cards also get you discounts at shopping outlets!
- CARRY WATER AND BASIC SNACKS TO STAVE OFF HUNGER AND CRANKINESS:
Water bottles are expensive when travelling abroad, and of course terrible for the environment too. Be prepared beforehand, by filling a small bottle with water and carrying it with you at all times. If you are travelling with very young children, it is also a good idea to keep some light yet filling snacks handy. You could try fruit roll-ups, mini biscuit packets or small packets of pretzels.
- AVOID VERY PUBLIC AREAS OR ACTIVITIES ON WEEKENDS:
Visiting major tourist attractions on weekends, in the peak of the tourist season, can be a nightmare. Vast crowds will increase your irritation levels, and have an even worse effect on little children! This problem can be avoided by planning your visit prudently beforehand. You should only go to public and popular touristy spots on weekdays, as far as possible.
I hope you found these tips helpful and you will keep them in mind when you plan your future trips abroad with your family. Check out www.latestdeals.co.uk for the best deals so you can plan well ahead of time. If you have some hacks to add here, please leave a comment below for the benefit of other readers!
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I must say you have shared good and handy tips to make travel with kids more fun and easy!!
Thank you Ruchi!
Wow!! Such an informative post ! Saving all the tricks and tips for my future and sharing with my fam
These are some helpful tips for parents to plan international trips with their kids.
These are some really helpful tips. We are planning a trip to Singapore soon and I am going to bookmark this article. I wasn’t aware that the discounts on ticket price can be availed via student ID card.
These really are some listings that i feel would help me in planning my upcoming overseas trip! Im glad i stopped by
Very helpful post indeed. One can easily book tickets online these days and that’s less hassle for all of us. But the other tips shared by you are also very useful.
These tips are really helpful for travel with kids. Prebooking is a good idea to save some money, will check the site.
Travel with kids comes with its own challenges. If it is an international trip with long flights or layovers it is really a challenge to keep kids engaged. These are some really useful tips to plan a smooth journey with kids.
Thanks! This post is more geared to the actual trip when you’re there, but I will do a post soon on tips to keep children engaged during long flights too.
I have never not yet travelled abroad with my son but we have travelled a lot within India, and I can understand how we need to plan a lot of things when travelling with kids. This is a real helpful post
The two main points are to check out for offers and amazing deals before booking for travelling. Great points covered.
Thank you 🙂
Such useful tricks and Must follow when we travel with kids. Especially Point number 3 I always tend to forget.
A good and practical list indeed! One of the things I forget is how cranky everyone can get a few days and sometimes even hours into a trip! this preparedness will help manage that!
These trips are really helpful especially when you are travelling with your kids.
This tips are so good to travel international destination with kids. I am going to share this with my friends.
Traveling may become frustrating if not planned correctly… You have shared really good tips and points… Will share this with my friends!
That’s a informative post, I so agree basic water will be expensive when travelling abroad #millennialscribbler
You make travelling with kids sound like a breeze! I travelled once with the boys and it was chaos! Of course, I had travelled alone! But with the next trip being planned with the better half, things should be more sorted.
Haha that was very brave of you!
Really helpful and sensible tips here! I’ve found food happens to be the biggest pain especially when traveling with kids. Local shopping for simple staples like bread-jam-cheese slices, fruits helps a lot.
That is quite an informative post. And I do agree that a good preparation can save a lot of trouble, specially with children.
Great tips. Even though we know about them hardly do we exercise them. Thank you Noor to remind us with a little effort , we can make a trip extraordinary.
One of the commonest mistake people make is what you mentioned – going to public areas during peak season. It ends up becoming a very uncomfortable push and shove just to move around.
Nicely written Noor. It’s great to have your experiences and learning at our disposal. #damurureads #myfriendalexa damurucreations.com
Thank you Urvashi!
I so needed these tips, we are for a long time avoiding traveling since my son is born, but now planning it and scared to death already. ..
Don’t stress. Enjoy whatever situation you encounter. These are the best memories!
Avoiding public areas in Crowded regions is very important.A helpful post indeed
Great tips. We have been to one international vacation with kids so far. But we did keep in mind some of these pointers.
I agree with all the points. I agree with the snacks and water point. We tend to miss this point thinking that whats the need to carry all this when we will get everything outside but as you said, packing something with us is always advisable.
awesome Noor, travelling with small kids is anyways a better idea but yes need some readiness 🙂
Thanks for sharing these tips. I love to travel and I even have two kids. This will be helpful for me. Thanks for sharing these tips
We too book tickets in advance to avoid those long queues and public areas. Quite helpful hacks you’ve shared.
Interesting pointers, Noor. with kids, its very important to plan well in order to enjoy a holiday.
And maybe a few card games & books for those long train/plane rides and turn it into a family bonding moment.
Yes all that I have covered in a more detailed post on my website. You can check it out if you’re interested! https://nooranandchawla.com/tips-to-travel-europe-with-toddler/
very helpful indeed! infact children become anxious when they are out of their comfort zone, and when care is taken to give them comfort, getting them to enjoy the trip becomes easy.