Traveling With Toddlers: How to Reduce Stress & Enjoy Your Vacation

9 October 2015
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Vacation time is beneficial for the whole family, especially busy parents. While on vacation, creativity tends to be invigorated, blood pressure levels naturally lower, and improved emotional levels can be experienced. Economic benefits are even enjoyed by residents in the destination which you're visiting on vacation. But when vacationing with toddlers, it can be easy to take along all the stress, daily chore lists, and other baggage with you.

This commotion can turn your vacation into nothing more than extension of your everyday life, so it's a good idea to prepare for your trip in a way that reduces stress levels and makes vacation time fun for everyone—consider incorporating the following tips and tricks.

Consider a Cruise

One of the best ways to make sure that everyone in the family enjoys their time on vacation is to take a cruise. There are many cruise lines that design packages just for families that include children of all ages, so you can rest assured that your toddlers and teenagers alike will always have something more to do than nag at you. From family style buffets, live entertainment options, and game engagement opportunities to huge swimming pools, basketball courts, and playgrounds, there is something on family cruises for everyone.

Fun for Travel

Whether you're traveling to the cruise ship dock, another state, or another country altogether, it's a good idea to put together a care package for the road (or air) that will keep everyone's mind off of traveling and put them into the spirit of spending time together. In addition to bringing along coloring books and crayons for the toddlers, pack a bunch of blocks that they can use to build in their laps and see how high they can make their buildings before the movement of the vehicle rumbles them down.

And plan a few fun games everyone can play together while the toddlers' hands are busy. For example, play an ABC game where everyone takes turns coming up with names of their favorite things that start with each letter of the alphabet. Toned down versions of games such as I-Spy and 20 Questions that the toddlers can play will also help pass the time with smiles instead of incidences.

Babysitting Services

Nowadays, many hotels and attractions offer babysitting services that include meals, games, and experienced supervision so you can enjoy some alone time as an adult and unwind a little while on vacation. Cruises also have centers available for young children where time can be spent playing and exploring without a parent having to stick around. So take the time to find out what types of babysitting services are available to you and make a point to reserve the services of your choice for at least a full day during your vacation. The kids will have fun and you'll be able to unwind without having to worry about parenting responsibilities.

Mix Up the Days

Instead of planning full days of activities for the family in advance, split your days up so that you can plan a few hours of coordinated experiences each day while leaving the other hours of the day available to play it by ear. This will eliminate any stress that comes along with keeping up with itineraries, and ensures that you have plenty of downtime to simply lounge in your room while the toddlers play or nap.

It's also important to mix things up by choosing something completely different to do on a daily basis as a family. For example, instead of watching a movie every night choose just one night to watch a movie and find something new and different to experience the rest of the nights. And instead of eating at a restaurant or lounge every night, consider finding opportunities to participate in dinner luaus, bonfire meals, and buffets.

For more information on how to plan a great family vacation, consider contacting resources like Exploring Circle.