Over the last few years, expectant Canadian parents have been embracing the idea of taking a babymoon - one last getaway before their lives are forever changed. While planning their holiday, however, they should also pause to consider the insurance coverage that they will have while away from home. My recently published article on the TuGo blog discusses What You Need to Know Before Planning a Babymoon.
Museums can be great places for learning about history, art and culture but, unfortunately, they also have a reputation for not being very kid-friendly. It may seem like a daunting proposition to take kids to a museum, however, with the right preparation and the right attitude, it can be a fun experience for everyone in the family.
I love to take photos and I have always loved to have them printed and organized into albums so that I can browse them whenever I like. This became a little more difficult after switching to digital photography because I was soon taking hundreds more photos on each trip. Sorting, organizing and then printing the best photos was becoming an overwhelming task. I realized that I was getting close to 2 years behind in printing photos and I desperately needed a solution.
Travel journals are an excellent way to encourage kids to contemplate what they have seen and done on their holidays. Journals can take many forms and will naturally be quite simple for young children and become more sophisticated as they grow older. Depending on the age of the kids there will need to be some parental involvement at first, however, it will gradually become a memento that is entirely produced by your child. Both of my daughters started keeping travel journals at a young age (Katie started hers at the age of 5 and Emma at the age of 4) and they are treasured memories of all the places that we have been.
If you will be traveling in Europe with your family then definitely plan to take your kids to an outdoor market. It may not sound like it would appeal to kids but most village markets are a highly entertaining way to spend an hour or two even for kids who balk at going shopping at home. There's just something about shopping outside with the crowds, wandering from stall to stall, that makes it seem more like a carnival than a shopping trip.
Teenagers are moody, notoriously difficult to please and often unwilling to spend time with their families. So is it possible for a family to travel successfully when there is a teenager in their midst? I think it is - as long as you keep the following five tips in mind.