How To Engage The Kids When Preparing a Holiday
School Holidays are the perfect time to pack up your bags and get away from the day to day routines of life.
So you want to go on a Holiday, there are several questions you need to ask.
- Where do we want to go?
- Somewhere warm, somewhere cold? Do we want to drive or do we want to fly?
- What do we want to do?
- Do we want to go site seeing or would we prefer to play on the beach?
And more often than not the biggest factor impacting all these decisions will be budget.
Parents will ponder all of the above when making a decision about a family holiday, but what about the kids? Depending on their age, they will not understand budgets, nor will most care. That said there are still plenty of ways you can engage the kids when preparing for a holiday.
- Talk to them about destinations, about where you want to go and why. If you’re not set on one specific location, include them in the final decision making.
- Once you have a destination, call the local tourism board and ask them to send you some brochures. Ask them to address the mail to your children. Not only do kids love to receive mail, receiving promotional material about your holiday destination will be a sure fire way to build excitement.
- Depending on your time frame and budget, you may give your kids the opportunity to pick one activity each, something that you’ll all do when you’re at your destination. If this doesn’t seem feasible, have a family meeting, reviewing the brochures and work towards a consensus, setting a ‘bucket list’ of things you want to do on your holiday.
- Give your kids a holiday journal. For the thrifty people out there this can simply be an exercise book. Allow them to decorate it in the lead up to the trip. They could even cut and paste some of the promotional material in it. For those wanting to extend this further a pencil case with colourful pens, some glue and sticky tape will provide them with the tools to not only write in it but also add bits and pieces along the way. Post cards are a cheap way for kids to add pictures to their journal showcasing the places they’ve been or the things they’ve seen.
- Finally, if they’ve got a couple of really good friends, or close extended family, get them to write a short list, (including addresses) of those they might want to send a postcard to whist they’re away. Now the kids are super excited about their upcoming holiday, all that is left for you to do is actually get packing.
About the Author
Mandy writes a travel website with hints and tips for travelling with kids.