Most people think that being a parent means you can no longer have a travel life. However, this should not be the case. You can easily make your family trip into one of the best experiences you have as a family. You need to find a balance between fun, work, and rest while paying attention to the needs of your children.
One thing all moms can agree whether blogger or not is that when children get bored and tired, they become cranky. Over the years, some working moms who have tried finding ways for family travel but ones who blog and travel have been at the forefront of this quest. So that, various bloggers have shared their traveling ideas that might greatly benefit you especially if you’re a home-based working moms.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at expert tips for Family Travel:
1. Pack smart
You can never go wrong with pre-packing before you start your journey. You should avoid last minute packing as it increases the chances of you forgetting some essential things for your trip. Reduce the clutter by packing only what you need. Also, avoid packing things that you can buy during your trip.
Do not forget a first aid kit in case of any accidents. If you have a child with a medical condition, remember to carry their medication.
2. Ensure everyone has fun
While you cannot fulfill everyone’s needs, you can ensure that your family has fun when going on a family vacation. One way of doing this is ensuring that you know every member’s preferences and interests. It’s no secret that the best trips are those where both parents and children get involved in choosing travel destinations. You will be surprised that your children love the places you thought would bore them.
Also, leave room for spontaneous activities since you know that everything cannot always go as planned.
3. Consider Homeschooling
If you love traveling but find school sessions limiting, you can consider homeschooling your children. Homeschooling gives you extra travel time as you can travel during weekdays. You can make the trip educational by visiting historical places. The beauty of this is that you have the freedom to travel to different places without the children having to miss school.
4. Juggling work and traveling
Most moms find it almost impossible to work while traveling with their family at the same time. However, you can do both. Some moms are already doing it and are more than happy as blogger moms. For others, there is always an option to start a home business it opens up an opportunity to world full of possibilities to earn a decent income. By this, you will become an expert at finding a balance between spending time with your family and find an ideal time to focus on your business.
Being a traveling working mom doesn’t have to limit your efficiency. If you’re supposed to report to someone, you can always find alternative ways to be present your work even when you are traveling remotely through video conferencing, emails, phone calls among other channels.
When traveling with your family, it is okay to ask for help from your spouse. You can have your partner look after the children or take them out which will give you some free time to get some work done.
5. Have a contact person to assist you
You can make traveling easier by having a contact person at the places you frequent. Your contact person will help in making travel arrangements. They will also notify you of any offers and give you advice on flights and accommodation. This will save time and frustrations that come with making travel and accommodation arrangements yourself.
6. Set a budget
Family vacations are not necessarily expensive. You need to figure out your budget for your trip. Also, include funds for unexpected activities and souvenirs. Inform your children about your budget so they will know not to overindulge.
When setting a budget, remember to set aside some funds in case an emergency arises.
7. Mom getaways
If you are a traveling mom then you must go on mom getaways. It is important to travel without your family for some time so you can be fresh when you travel with your family. Also find time and travel with your spouse alone. You can hire a babysitter or get a relative to look after the children for some time while you take off with your partner. Doing so will give you enough time to enjoy each other’s company and energize you for the next family trip.
8. See your doctor
Before you start making travel plans, you need to pay a visit to your doctor. Inform your doctor of your travel arrangements and follow any recommendations if any. This applies especially if you are traveling overseas or if you or your children have a pre-existing medical condition. You need to have the contact information of a doctor who specializes in the medical condition. Do not forget to update your family’s vaccination records and note the blood groups of your family.
9. Do your research
There is a lot of information available over the internet and in magazines. You can go through them to find tips, advice, and real stories of traveling moms who enjoy going on trips with their families and how they make it work. You will get advice on how to be a great packer and even travel tips when going overseas.
Traveling with your family can be fun. With these tips, you can plan your next trip with ease knowing that the needs of all family members will be met. Your traveling life does not end simply because you have children. You can take care of your family while traveling and working without compromising on either. All it comes down to is having a good support system and having fun making memories while experiencing new things during your trip.