5 Tips to Make Your International Trip Child-Friendly

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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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  1. 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!

  1. 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!

  1. 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.

  1. 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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Such useful tricks and Must follow when we travel with kids. Especially Point number 3 I always tend to forget.

  5. Traveling may become frustrating if not planned correctly… You have shared really good tips and points… Will share this with my friends!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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. ..

  9. 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.

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