Traveling with kids: How to keep it fun and still have time to relax

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How do you ensure that your kids are having fun on your family trip and still get a few relaxing moments for you? Is that even possible?

From the moment you start traveling with your kids, they are your main priority. You choose the location, the activities, the place to stay only based on what is best for them, thinking that if they are not fully satisfied and comfortable, you will suffer too. Still, you – the parents – need your own moments of relaxation. So how do you balance kids’ fun with few moments for yourself?

One idea would be to have a trip, even a short one, just for you. But most of the times you lack the budget or the time for it or you don’t have someone trustworthy enough to leave the children with. Also, spending quality time with your little ones is very important, so you will most definitely travel together.

But there are ways of balancing your kids’ needs with at least a few hours of relaxation. Here are some ideas:

Travel with another family

If you are traveling with another family with children (or without, even better!), you can agree that you will take care of their kids for a few hours and then they will return the favor. Maybe you will say that having to babysit not only your little ones but a bunch of energy-full kids, is extremely complicated. But if you are inventive enough it will be fine. You can choose to stay with them during their afternoon nap or after dinner, you can involve them in some group activities (for example: make a puzzle, play cards, build a sandcastle, stage a play, etc.) and the time will fly.

Find an activity center

Find a playground or an activity center where your children are not only supervised by qualified personnel but also involved in some educational activities, sports, arts and they will have fun. Don’t always count on finding this type of service at the hotel (although many will offer it), but search in advance the Internet to see what are the available options. You will be surprised how many such places are opened and you can see the scheduled workshops for the period you will be traveling. This way you will be able to choose those activities that best fit your children’s age, character, and taste.

Engage in activities that the whole family loves

Alright. Maybe you’re not into touring museums or feeding kangaroos. But definitely, there are activities or destinations that everyone – you and your kids – will enjoy. It could be watching a sports event, eating your favorite dish (or cuisine), fishing, or strolling in the park. Choosing a place or activity that the whole family enjoys is like hitting two birds with one stone – you’ve got something that you and your kids can happily engage in.

Give them something to keep them entertained

No matter where you are going and what kind of family trip you are having, there are going to be idle moments for sure. To shook boredom away, bring something that will keep them entertained, such as activity books, their favorite toys, music, and games. It’s a great way to keep your children from bothering you while you give yourself some downtime, even in the hotel room.

No matter the option you go for, always leave a phone number where you can be reached in emergency cases, give all relevant details about your kids (in case they have any allergy or they are under medication), and enjoy your moments! You deserve them! And such times of comfort make us more relaxed, more sympathetic to our kids’ needs and droll, happier together.

Happy traveling!



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  • Binge on Basics on

    When you travel with kids, it is always good to travel with another family so that they get the company of other kids. This way the kids can enjoy and you can too

  • lexi on

    these are great tips! even for my toddlers! boredom and children do not go hand in hand!

  • David Elliott on

    Games were really good with my daughter while she was traveling. The other thing which worked was having a good audiobook to listen to. She appreciated that a lot.

  • Rosey on

    We bring Mad Libs along for long car rides. It entertains the kids and keep them from being bored. :)

  • sri ramani on

    Your tips are like so useful as I feel sometimes that travelling with my baby is so exhausting and I feel I shouldnt travel again,but this time I will keep these tips in mind!Thanks a lot!

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