I am yet to go abroad with all three of the girls as yet, it is on the list for 2017 until then I have been doing my homework looking for the best family spots and getting tips! Here is a guest post with a ton of tips on getting around stress free with children when abroad.
If you’re planning to travel abroad with kids in tow, it’s always good to have a game plan for when it comes to how you’re going to get around your destination. Although many families abroad like to stick to the ‘safer’ places such as the hotel pool or the beach, it’s nice to take a day out to different places and explore what the local area has to offer as a family. But, choosing how you get around when you’re travelling as a family, especially with young children in tow, can be a tricky decision. Thankfully, we’ve put together this guide to all the different options that you have.
Providing that you are over the age of 25 and hold a full UK driving license (see toptests.co.uk for helpful theory mock exams that will help you get the theory part of your test completed), you will be able to hire a car to drive abroad. When you’re travelling as a family with children, hiring a car is often the ideal transportation method as it not only gives you the freedom to go where you want, whenever you want without worrying about public transportation timetables, it’s also often a lot better for those with young children as it’s less stressful and much more comfortable than catching a bus or train.
Depending on the country that you are visiting, you may want to consider the option of public transportation when it comes to getting around your destination. If you are travelling with young children, it’s a good idea to be fully prepared before you leave, for example be aware of how much you’re going to spend on tickets – even if tickets are free for a child under a certain age in the UK, this may not be the case abroad. If you’re taking a lot of trips, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the routes beforehand to keep stress to a minimum and avoid getting lost. When travelling on public transport, it’s a good idea to avoid peak times as often as possible so that you and your little ones aren’t having to squeeze on to an already packed out bus, train or tram.
Depending on what it is that you’re planning to do with your kids when you’re abroad, you may be able to arrange transport through different tour operators. For example, if you plan to do a lot of tourist activities such as seeing famous sights, taking boating excursions or activities such as quad biking or horse riding, the tour operator who you book through will usually offer a pick-up and drop-off service from your hotel. Open-top tour buses are also a great choice, as they will cover all of the main attractions in just one or two routes.
When travelling abroad with kids, getting around can be a stressful experience if you’re unprepared. Whether you take public transport, hire a car, or use the cabs provided by tourism companies, the key to a great trip is good preparation!