Thursday, December 18, 2014

Teddy Travelogues #TravelWithKids

This blog is a part of Indiblogger's #TravelWithKids activity by Club Mahindra.

I love to travel, visit new places (and revisit places I loved). I am excited right from planning the trip, packing the bag to the actual travel to the destination. Till previously, I used to travel carefree and Goa used to be visited at-least once a year. Goa means parties, chilling, beaches, water sports.

Now I have a 2 month old infant, and all my travel plans next year (and the years to come ahead) will revolve around his needs and comfort.

Kids see the world differently. A kid won't relax on a hammock or enjoy sunbathing, kids want to run and create havoc! I remember trips as a kid, some that bored me and some that I was thrilled about. I remember my parents taking me to Tirupati and I being like "what am I doing here?". I also remember going to Bangalore without my parents with a friend and her family when I was just 5-6 years old and having the time of my life!

When going for a vacation with kids, we need to first check the travel duration and climate at the destination. I can't think of visiting USA or Canada till my child is at-least 4-5 years old because long flights and long hauls are sure to make him cranky! It is best to start with weekend getaways at nearby places and then see how it goes along. Make sure the climate is suitable. Extreme cold or heat might make children ill, and that is the last thing you want when you are on a vacation.

Choose resorts / hotels that are kid friendly. Hygienic and clean, giving you options for kid's meals, having a play area, kid's swimming pool, activity for kids, indoor games etc are some of the things I would look at when booking the place.

I would make sure I have packed all the things required by my child, weather suitable clothing, footwear, medicines etc. Would take along toys like frisbee, inflatable pool ball, sand and beach toys (if visiting a beach), even a couple of indoor games (in case it rains and we have to stay indoors) so that my child does not get bored and makes the most of the vacation!

Once your child is big enough, do make it a point to visit Universal Studios (Singapore or USA your pick) at-least once. I visited as an adult and was thrilled, a child will definitely go mad with excitement.

If you're going on a road trip, make sure to take many stops as kids might not be able to sit in one place as we adults can.

Another cool thing to do would be study and research about the place you're visiting in advance, check all the cool facts that you can share with your kid (he/she will be so proud of you!). Also check in advance for all the kid-friendly sight seeing you can do. After all we're always short on time and want to make the most of it.

Being a member of Club Mahindra would surely take care of safety and kid-friendliness, plus would ensure you take a vacation at-least once every year and spend quality time with your family!