Friday, 23 July 2021

Top Tips for Travelling Abroad With Your Family


When planning a trip with your family, whether a short holiday or a long term trip, it can seem a little overwhelming. There is a lot to think about, including all the right documentation, keeping the kids entertained and much more. There will inevitably be challenges, but the more prepared you are for the trip, the higher chance of it going smoothly. 

Here are 5 top tips to help you plan the best trip abroad with your family. 

#1 Plan everything

From the location, the accommodation, the transportation, length of time and the activities, make sure you have everything planned well in advance. This will help eliminate any delays and complications along the way, keeping the travel experience smooth and enjoyable for everyone. Planning the activities is one of the most important things, and if possible, book them in advance. If you are travelling long term for work, then make sure you know where the local parks are. This will ensure your little ones are always occupied and you don’t have to run around trying to find something for them to do. 

#2 Obtain all the right documentation

Depending on the country you are travelling to and the type of trip you are planning, make sure you understand all the documentation that is necessary for you to travel. If you are planning on a short holiday, there may be no other documentation necessary other than your passport and medical insurance. If you are travelling long term and plan to work while you travel, make sure you have the correct permits, for example, you may need to complete a work permit or a UK sponsor licence application

#3 Don’t overpack 

Travelling with your family will already mean there is a lot of luggage to carry, and sometimes even carrying your little ones after a long day. When planning a trip, it is important you only pack the essentials that will keep your family comfortable. It is unnecessary to bring everything they use at home, especially if you are only travelling for a short holiday. If you are travelling for work and will settle for a short while, then it might be a good idea to pack a few extra familiar items or ship them separately. 

#4 Research child discounts 

Child and family discounts are often overlooked when planning a trip abroad. Many places offer child discounts if you ask for them. This can save you a lot of money when you travel, and can mean stretching your budget for even more fun! The most common places you’ll find discounts are on transportation, attractions, parks, restaurants and tours. 

#5 Set realistic expectations 

When travelling with your family, there are other people to consider, which means you will not always be able to control what happens. You have little ones to get ready in the morning, there might be more frequent toilet trips, missed buses, lost toys, tummy aches, anything could happen when you go away. It is important to set your expectations before you go, so you can deal with any situation that arises calmly, and perhaps even have a few backup plans ready. 

There are many things you need to think about when travelling abroad with your family, but if you organise the trip in advance and set realistic expectations, you are guaranteed a trip to remember. 


*Disclosure - this is a collaborative post* 


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