By Sam Wood
With a new addition to the family, leaving the house and traveling with kids doesn’t come without a juggling act. There is lots to consider when bringing children on your vacation: things will be much noisier, messier and you can expect a more sleep-deprived experience. However, there will also be moments of connection that are simply not possible if you stay at home.
Before you travel, try setting up a family meeting to get the kids involved in planning and help them anticipate what the upcoming holiday will be like.
Here are Sam Wood’s best tips on how to manage travelling with kids.
1. Flexi Flights
When booking flights, use the flexible dates feature to get the best deal. You can also toggle to month view, so you get an overview of all flights available and their costs which will help to keep costs down for a family.
When it comes to packing, be realistic about what you actually need (I’m looking at my wife here!). Packing for six people, those extra baggage costs can really stack up, so we try to keep our luggage down to a minimum.
ele Tip – try limiting each family member to one small carry-on suitcase and a backpack/day bag.
3. Pay Better
We try and be savvy with budgeting where we can! By using a service like Afterpay, you can break up the payments into four to help ease the upfront costs. Afterpay support a range of travel merchants like Webjet, Jetstar and Agoda Hotels among others so you won’t miss out.
4. Pack Snacks
Kids get hungry, so when travelling domestic pack easy, healthy snacks that you can throw in your bag. It will also help you save on those inflated airport prices.
5. Consider a Home Stay
When travelling, a great way to save on accommodation is a through a home stay. It’s also great way to immerse your kids in a different culture and meet new people and avoids the high hotel costs that can be prohibitive for many families travelling.
6. Plan Outdoor Activities
We love to plan outdoor activities, it’s great for keeping the family active, keeps the kids busy and helps us save costs on entertainment while out and about.