Traveling can be an extremely stressful and nerve racking endeavour, but the payoff of seeing new places and experiencing new cultures is well worth it. When deciding to take your children on trips, whether it be a national or international trip, you can take that stress and double it. However, exposing your children to other cultures and countries can be very beneficial and rewarding. Here are a few tips on how to prepare your kids for their first international trip.
Figure out where you’re traveling to
Planning the trip has to be done prior to preparing for the trip so obviously this is the first step. Picking a destination far enough in advance is crucial, that way you have ample time to book your accommodations, pack accordingly, exchange currencies if need be, and do some research. In order for you to properly prepare your kids for the trip you should be well educated on the destination yourself. Show them on the map where you are and where you will be traveling to. Tell them about the destination, what language they speak there, how you will be getting there, and any other information your child will find interesting.
Involve your child in the planning process
If you are just going somewhere on vacation, it may be beneficial to involve your child in the planning process. When choosing a travel destination you can provide them with a few options to choose from. Educate them on each destination and see which they would prefer to visit. If you are moving somewhere or staying for a long period of time and you do not have a say in where you go, you can involve them in choosing a place to stay. For example, if you live in the UK and you need to move specifically to Charlotte, North Carolina for work you can search new homes in Charlotte and scroll through possible homes with them. This will help make them feel more involved and make the transition to this new place much smoother.
Educate your child
Now that you have planned out your trip with your child, it is time to further educate them on the place or places you will be going. You want to expose them to the language, music, and other cultural differences they may find to be different or confusing. A great way to do this is by watching travel videos from this country or city. Another great way to do this is by watching movies or films that take place where you will be traveling. You should also expose them to the cuisine so they are not blindsided when they can’t get a burger in India or chicken nuggets and fries in Bali.
Last but not least make sure you are prepared
Depending on how old your children are, you may have to prepare for the trip for them. If they are older and want to do this on their own, make sure you help by making them a checklist or checking over what they have packed. Do your research beforehand to see if you need any special vaccinations or paperwork to travel to your international destination. You will also want to make sure you have and don’t forget all of your papers necessary to leave and return to the country. It is also a good idea to do some research on climate to make sure you are packing accordingly and be sure of the safety of your travel destination.