Exploring tips for traveling with kids
March 22, 2018 06:07 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico’s largest school district will be closed for spring break next week. For many families, that means taking a trip, and what should be a relaxing vacation, can become stressful when traveling with kids.
"It is a challenge at times but it's always fun,” said Denise Gaona, an Albuquerque mom of two young kids. “It's always an experience."
Gaona says one of the main challenges is finding ways to keep the kids from getting too antsy in the car. Usually, that means a few long breaks so they can release some energy.
“We have to just take it slow,” said Gaona. “Anything that you would think takes five hours, takes eight.”
However, she and her husband, Chris, have found one trick that can save time.
"We'll buy a new toy and not show it to them until we actually get in the car, and then they start getting antsy and then it's something new that they've never seen before and then they're more interested in it," said Gaona.
For the older, school-aged kids, experts say letting them help in the trip planning process is likely to keep them engaged and excited. For example, parents can let them pick between swimming and fishing as an activity one day.
When it comes to where to stay, several researchers say it’s best to rent a house or apartment that has a kitchen. That way parents can save money by not having every snack or meal out at a restaurant.
Finally, Gaona says there are some ways for the parents to get some alone time.
"We've been lucky that grandparents have come with us for most of our vacations, so we'll have a little moment where we get to sneak away.”
With a little bit of extra planning, parents can make sure their spring break actually feels like a break.
Updated: March 22, 2018 06:07 AM
Created: March 22, 2018 06:00 AM
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