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Tips for Family Travel

Posted by Francesca Loomis

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A well-traveled child grows into a worldly adult. Our family tours give you the chance to cycle, kayak or swim with your outdoor progenylong before they're ready to vanish with the keys to the family carto teach them a healthier way to get from place to place. Kids gain confidence through learning new skills and exploring a foreign culture in a positive environment. But, preparing for a family tour in a foreign country can be daunting, which is why we're here to offer tips and suggestions for safe, easy family travel!

Getting there:

1) A well-traveled child grows into a worldly adult

I started traveling with my parents before I could even walk, and eventually flying became second-nature for me. If you start traveling with your kids from a very young age, they will learn the rules and procedures and the older they get, the more confident they will become, making your travel experience much more enjoyable and stress-free.

2) When traveling, keep your essential items in your carry-on bag

Baggage can get lost during travel. It doesn't happen often, but when it does the airline will make it a priority to find your luggage and personally deliver it to your final destination. For this reason I always bring at least 1-2 change of clothes in my carry-on luggage along with personal items, such as a toothbrush. If you're going on one of our family tours, I'd also recommend packing a bathing suit! Flights can sometimes get cold, so bring a warm layer with you on the flight. Most longer flights also offer pillows and blankets. 

3) Bring your child's favorite toy(s)

If your children are nervous travelers, it doesn't hurt to bring their favorite itemthe one that brings them comfort—along for the ride. Maybe I'm old-school, but a deck of cards and coloring books will keep them calm but entertained during flight/train travel. Make sure your laptop is fully charged before boarding so they can watch a movie, although some flights have started to offer in-flight charging stations.

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4) Snacks!

I am 24 years old and still insist on bringing my own snacks because a) no one is happy when they're hungry and b) airplane food is terrible. I recommend buying snacks beforehand because airport food is expensive. Also, individually-packed snacks (such as the 100 calorie packs) that your kids can eat in one sitting are much more convenient than having a large bag that you will have to reseal and then hope it doesn't spill in your bag (it happens, trust me). Or, bring ziplock bags.

5) Book a direct flight

Pretty obvious, but worth a mention. If you can, book a direct flight rather than connecting through a foreign airport. If traveling abroad, you will have to collect your luggage and transfer it to the next flight before before making your way to the gate. Traveling will be much less stressful on all of you, and you are less likely to lose your checked luggage with less transfers.

On tour:

1) Pick your destination

No destination is alike, and on our family tours we make sure everythingmeals, hotels, transportation, activitiesare age-appropriate for your family (but, of course, there might be a wine tasting or two for the adults)! Sit down with your S.O. and discuss where you would like to go, then call us to help you plan your dream vacation! We can do anything from private tours in Tuscany, custom tours in Provence, to a dream family adventure in Sicily

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“This trip surpassed our expectations. I felt very well cared for and very safe. I was extremely satisfied with the care given to our children’s needs and safety! Thank you!”
- Randy O.

2) Turn your vacation into a learning experience

All of our tours include some sort of learning experience, both for children and adults. Your kids will interact with local kids and even pick up a new language with our on-tour language lessons. By doing a fun activity, like snorkeling and kayaking, your child's sense of adventure and curiosity will grow and your bond will become stronger than ever!

3) Capture moments

There's nothing quite like cycling over the rolling hills of Tuscany, sampling homemade gelato in Sicily, and diving into the delicious cuisine of Provence. Capture these picture-perfect moments of your family spending time together. When they get older they will want to look back on the magical moments you shared. I love flipping through old family albums of my trip to Peru, Greece, and Japan. It brings back memories that I forgot I had! 

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4) Avoid the tourists

Our family tours are designed to take you to the lesser-known corners of the world during the best time of the year. Explore the sites painted by Vincent Van Gogh, ride through Tuscan olive groves and forests, and dive in Lipari's coves and grottoes. We'll take you to the best local restaurants—off the beaten pathto taste the freshest and most authentic dishes.

5) Relax

Our itineraries are filled with activities to keep the family entertained, from soccer matches to snorkeling, but sometimes it's the little things: sitting by the hotel's pool or taking a walk on the beach. All activities are optional on tour, so if you feel like you just need to sit back and relax, you are more than welcome to do so.

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Topics: Bike Tours

Written by Francesca Loomis

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