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Travelling with children in Europe ...

Legoland DeutschlandWhilst the mere thought of flying to the other side of the world with children would put many people off, there are ways to make the journey quite bearable. Your choice of airline can certainly make your child’s flight an enjoyable experience. Many airlines flying long-haul sectors nowadays provide personal entertainment systems in every seat, and these include on-demand movies and music, sports and news, and the ever-popular Super Nintendo consoles.  With over 30 games to choose from, your kids will never be bored, and may even take a little persuasion to have a sleep! 

Have your travel agent pre-book children’s meals with the airline before your departure so you know your children will actually eat something on the flight.  It's also a good idea pack some lollies and snacks, such as muesli bars, in your carry on luggage to deal with those mid-meal munchies.

Trotti bike rides in Grindlewald, Switzerland
Riding 'trotti bikes' in Switzerland
Breaking the journey with an overnight stopover is also a good idea.  A direct flight from Australia’s east coast to Asia takes between 7 and 10 hours, by which time both you and the children will be ready for a change of scenery.  Most of the international airlines have special stopover packages that can be pre-booked and pre-paid and include return airport to hotel transfers and your accommodation.  Some packages also include other options such as sightseeing tours.  Whilst most hotels in Asia will only accommodate a maximum of three people per room, meaning you may require two rooms, the additional cost could save your sanity.  After a break, you may even find your children are keen to get back on the plane for the next leg of the journey, as the memories of the Nintendo are still fresh in their minds!!

If you are planning a self-drive holiday around Europe, it’s a good idea to take a couple of CDs from home to play in the car, especially a couple of the kids’ favourites.  On long trips, having some familiar music can keep them happily entertained.  Whilst most radio stations play plenty of English-language songs, of course the announcers speak the local language.

To make your holiday an enjoyable experience for everyone, alternate your sightseeing so that there are plenty of activities for the kids to enjoy.  One museum or church might impress them, but, depending on their ages, they are likely to tire of historic sights fairly quickly.  Why not alternate a 'parents day' with a 'kids day'?  Europe is full of fun things for kids to do - whether it be an amusement park, a bike ride, the local playground or swimming pool, or just some chill out time where they can do the things kids like to do such as kicking a ball around or colouring in.

If you are staying where there are other families, particularly in a camping ground, you  may find your kids are keen to stay and play with other children.  Despite language barriers, it's amazing how kids can play together happily for hours without really understanding each other!

Gardaland, Italy
Fun at Gardaland amusement park in Italy

Accommodation can make a big difference as to whether your European holiday is enjoyable or just bearable.  Staying in an apartment, cottage, villa or countryhouse can make all the difference as they give both parents and children much needed space. The benefits of being able to cook or prepare meals for the family go without saying - not only can you save money by self-catering (see our self-catering guide), you can also cook some of the children's favourites which may not be on the menu of the local restaurants.  This is particularly useful if you have a fussy eater or a child with food allergies.

Encouraging your children to keep a journal or travel diary about their holiday is also a great way to keep them interested in some of the more 'cultural' aspects of the holiday.  Collecting entrance tickets and brochures which they can then stick into their journal, is fun for kids, and whilst they probably don't realise it, they are learning at the same time!  Learning simple facts about the countries they visit, such as population, size, capital city, etc. is very educational.

Kids are often fascinated with discovering the different flags for each country, the different country codes that many vehicles bear, and spotting number plates from different countries makes a good game on a long car journey.

TIP:  Whilst a Gameboy may not be the most educational item to give your child, they are invaluable when travelling.  They will keep your kids amused during those long waits at airports and on long car trips.

Article courtesy of Carolyn Schonafinger.  Carolyn is the founder of holidaystoeurope.com.au Australia's only online European travel directory and resource centre.  Carolyn is passionate about travelling in Europe and has holidayed with her family on numerous occasions.  She is a big fan of self-catering holidays and says there are many affordable options available to families looking to embark on a European holiday - you just need to know where to look!  Carolyn is also a BYOkids family travel consultant specialising in European family holidays if you would like her to arrange your next holiday enquire here

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