When your little ones are younger and aren’t at school yet, planning trips is far easier because there are no set constraints to when you can travel with kids. You’re able to simply pick up and head off as and when you want to. However, once your little ones are of school age, that changes, with you only able to travel out of term time.
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Planning family trips during the most busy (and most expensive) travel times of the year can make things far more difficult. It’s not easy planning as many family trips and getaways as you used to once the kids are at school, as time is unfortunately more limited. So, with that in mind, what can you do to ensure that travel is still an active part of your kids lives, even once they start to grow up?
For some simple tips and ideas for how you can ensure that travel remains part of your little ones lives as they grow, have a read of the below tips and ideas.
Consider taking a year out to travel
More and more families are choosing to plan a year out of school and work to travel intensely, perhaps this is something you could also plan to do. It doesn’t have to be something that you do right now, but it could be something that you plan to do at some point in the future.
If the idea of taking the kids out of school for a year – or maybe longer, homeschooling them, and traveling as you do, is something that appeals to you, then it’s worth taking the time to find out more about the best ways to go about it. Speak to other families who have done it, and find out what steps they would recommend looking into taking.
Schedule road trips regularly
While some families travel by air, others opt for a more adventurous getaway: the road trip. Road trips offer a unique opportunity to bond with your loved ones while exploring new places. And, unlike air travel, you don’t have to worry about losing your luggage or dealing with long security lines.
Set regular times for hitting the open road with your kids. Plan for activities to keep everyone entertained during the drive, and make sure your vehicle is up for the journey. Don’t forget to secure an international driving permit (IDP), especially if you are going cross-country.
Encourage school trips
Another great way to ensure that your children are able to continue to travel and explore the world even once they’re at school, is to encourage them to go on school trips, such as taking a Washington school trip, for instance.
By encouraging your kids to spread their wings and go on school trips, you’ll be helping them to begin their independent travel journey at an earlier age, helping to boost their confidence and (hopefully) instill a greater love of travel within them.
Use any time you have to travel
Any spare time that you have as a family, from weekends to school holidays, try to use to travel as much as possible. It’s difficult with out-of-school prices, but sometimes, if you’re smart about it, you can find some really great, budget-friendly deals that make travelling far more affordable.
Even if you only travel within the country in which you live, that doesn’t matter. Your kids can learn things from any kind of travel, whether it’s within the country in which you reside or it’s travelling to the other side of the world, travelling can be an extremely exciting experience, regardless of where you’re heading to.
There you have it, a guide to how you can ensure that travel remains a part of your kids lives as they start to grow up.
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