To travel with children can be a lot of fun or a nightmare, if you don’t take into account some details.
On this post I am going to give you 10 tips to make your trip an exciting experience for the whole family.
I am José Gómez, a Licensed Guide from Barcelona and father of two kids.
I have been organized guided tours for families with their little ones for years, that has given me a lot of experience of what mistakes to avoid if your travel with children. Also my trips with my family has taught me a lot about this subject.
If you continue reading I am going to give you some tips that will surely be great for you when planning your trip with children.
1. Make a good planning of the places you want to visit, how we are going to get around, where we are going to eat …
A good organization will avoid surprises… to lose a lot of time in queues, in restaurants or get lost when traveling. Children do not like these kind of situations and they can begin to get tired.
2. Prepare a backpack with water, food and some candies (cookies, chocolate or similar).
Little ones usually get hungry or thirsty at the most inopportune time and they also need to satisfy their need quickly.
Sometimes it is difficult to find a store to buy them something, also if we are in the city center, it is usually expensive.
3. Avoid restaurants where you think you will have waiting for a long time.
Children are often very overwhelmed waiting in restaurants and more if they are hungry.
If you cannot find any restaurant, it is better to eat a sandwich and continue your visit.
4. Avoid walking too long.
Walking for many children is simply a necessary act of getting around and they find no pleasure in it.
If they notice that they are walking too much they often begin to complain of foot pain or that they are tired.
5. When visiting monuments:
-Do it first thing in the morning. Children are usually more receptive, also you will avoid large crowds and the hottest hours.
-Take tickets in advance. You will avoid the unpleasant surprise that tickets have sold out.
-Make short visits. Think that it is difficult for children to hold their attention for more than 50 minutes.
6. Negotiation is essential.
In times of crisis, make them understand that later we will go to the park or to the pool, it usually works. Offering them some chocolate also usually works (although from my own experience it does not always work).
7. Have parks and swimming pools located.
They are places where the little ones enjoy a lot. They will eliminate tension and let their imagination run wild.
8. Choose centrally located accommodation to avoid spending a lot of time getting around the city
9. “It is better to do little well than a great deal badly.”
If we want to do a lot of things in a row, we may feel frustrated and not be able to enjoy the opportunity to spend time together.
10. It is important to change the “chip” and be aware that our new reality is now “slow”.
Now I enjoy my travels in another way: I love seeing the expressions of my children when discovering new things … seeing those faces of surprise and excitement for me is wonderful. Traveling with an infant could be very fun!
If you want to visit Barcelona. I would love to be your guide!
I provide tours to discover this amazing city. They are tours for the whole family, not just for kids. I adapt my tours to the little ones and adults.