It sure is exciting to travel and go on an out of town vacation with your family. Before the trip, you prepare all the things you’ll need to bring, list down your itinerary, or making sure your health condition is stable and ready along with taking some vaccinations and prescriptions. You make sure that everything is all set so that you’ll have a smooth and enjoyable vacation with your loved ones.
But take note, it is equally essential also to prepare your kids when you are going on vacation especially when it is out of the country. Sure they’ll be excited and all, but you need to understand that your children will be leaving their daily routine and comfort zones. You will need them to understand a few things about your travel so that they will not be surprised or shocked by the things they’ll see and experience during the trip.
Here are some tips on how you can prepare your kids for an out of the country travel so that they will have a great and memorable experience:
Familiarize Them With The Place
The first thing you can do is to show them the place on the map where you’ll be going. Tell them how far it is from your place and how long will it take to get there, what kind of transportation you’ll ride on, what is the time difference or what is the current climate there. Tell them the things that they will be able to see that’ll excite them. Make use of the things that they have watched or read on a book that will resemble your destination. Be open and ready for the questions that they’ll have an answer it as much as you can.
Buy Some Foreign Currency
You can go to a money exchange shop near you and buy some foreign currency that you will be using for your trip. Or upon arriving, you can go and exchange your money to their local currency. In this way, you can give some small amounts to your kids and explain some basic math and tell them how the exchange rates of their local money to their foreign money works. You can also teach them to budget their own money during the trip and spend it on what they will like or need the most.
Teach The Local Language
It’s best to teach your children the basics of the local language of the place you’re going to. As not all people you’ll encounter know or understand English so better to prepare ahead. You can teach them how to say some simple phrases such as “Hello,” “Thank you,” “Good day,” etc. You can also turn it into a fun and interactive game by playing some flash cards, bingo games, or anything that will make them get hold of the language. Try watching a movie that speaks the local language or downloading some applications that can quickly teach them how to pronounce the basics.
Don’t forget to read: 5 Basic Travel Essentials You Should Not Forget When Traveling With The Whole Family.
Making sure your kids are familiar and comfortable with the destination you’re going to will benefit your trip in a lot of ways. In this way, going out of the country to have a vacation with your kids will surely be a memorable one.