The life of a family that loves to travel is an active one. You’re on the move often as you embark on your next big adventure together. If only you could ‘Beam yourself up’ Star Trek style to cut out all those long journeys, and fast forward the rainy nights in the accommodation when there’s not much to do and the kids are climbing the walls with boredom. But you can’t. You’ve got to entertain them somehow. Here are a few suggestions:
Ask them to write a travel journal
Like we said, this is an adventure, so why not ask them to keep a journal of their travels? Kids can write or draw about some of the places they saw and some of the experiences they’ve enjoyed, and maybe add a postcard or two to the journal. Conveniently, they can update their journal
wherever they go- be it in a restaurant, on a train or a plane or in the hotel room. Magic!
Surprise the kids with a new toy
Before you set out on your adventure, ask your kids to pack a couple of toys. When they’ve packed them, sneak in a new toy but don’t let them see it until the journey has started. If it’s a particularly long journey — perhaps a road trip, for instance — you could pack a couple of wrapped surprise toys for them. New toys will entertain the children for longer and remind them that you understand travel can be difficult for them.
Download music or movies
Children can while away infinite hours on a tablet, so download some music or movies for them before you set off. During your travels, however, they might burn through all the downloaded movies or get fed up of their playlist, and want fresh tunes or viewing, or even to just do something different on the internet.
This is where MiFi comes in handy. MiFi is a type of mobile
broadband that uses a mobile phone network to deliver data to the device you’re using. You might have noticed the ‘mi’ in MiFi sounds like ‘my’, that’s because MiFi is basically a personal wifi hotspot. This means you won’t have to use up the data on your phone or rely on free wifi wherever your travels take you. Use it to send some emails and let friends and family know you’re okay (and what a splendid time you’re having!). You never know how much internet access or how little you’ll have when you reach your destination so this is a lifesaver for families on the road.
Let them take photos
Kids will take photos of different things to adults and it’s always fun seeing what they’ve chosen to pop in your cameral roll! What they might photograph will surprise you, so let them loose with a digital camera and see how they choose to capture their experiences of the trip. If you have an expensive camera and feel reluctant to lend it to your children, buy them a cheaper camera rather than run the risk of them damaging the
equipment. You can compare photos and create a rocking family album when you get back!
When kids get restless, travelling can become a nightmare, but, with the tips above, it doesn’t have to be. A few small investments to keep them entertained will keep the boredom at bay so you can all get on with the important task of enjoying your travel adventure together. Fabulous!