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FAMILY TRAVEL: PLANNING YOUR TRIP
Family planning
Adventurous travel
doesn’t have to stop when you start a family. As
Mary Askew explains, all it takes is a little planning.
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WHICH HOLIDAY SHOULD I CHOSE?
While Kumuka balances all their Family Q
SHOULD I AVOID TRIPS WITH LONG
BUS OR TRAIN JOURNEYS?
Adventure Tours to fi t the needs of the No. What you need to do is make getting
children and parents, not every one of their there part of the fun. Lonely Planet’s Travel
trips may suit your family. The key is to pick with Children has a fabulous list of games to
a trip that has something for each of you. If play while on the road, including getting your
you long for an African wildlife safari and children to make up stories about the people
your daughter is itching to go snowboarding they pass. It suggests you ask questions
in the alps, opt for Namibia – you’ll have an to get them thinking. What do they think
amazing time following big game in Etosha these people’s names are? Where are they
National Park and she’ll have a blast boarding going and why? Failing that, ditch all your
down some of the world’s principles and dig out that
largest sand dunes in the DVD player!
Namib Desert. It’s all about Overnight train
compromise! journeys, which are part
Until your children of some Kumuka Family
can do their own packing Adventure tours, are a
and carry their own bags, great way of covering long
choose a trip that has a more distances – most kids fi nd the
relaxed schedule and fewer idea of sleeping aboard a train
changes of location. rather enchanting.
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SHOULD I PACK
ANYTHING SPECIAL FOR THE KIDS? Q
WHAT ABOUT TRAVEL
SICKNESS?
A notebook to record the trip is a great The most important thing here is never to
idea –younger children can use it to stick mention travel sickness in advance – many
postcards in and draw pictures of what they people swear that at least part of travel
have seen, while older children will enjoy sickness is in the mind. If travel sickness
keeping a diary of everything they have got up does hit your child, get them to focus on
to. A cheap digital camera will pay dividends the horizon or a fi xed point and breathe
and you might want to invest in a portable deeply. If you know your children are prone
DVD player. to problems, it might be worth asking a
pharmacist about acupressure wristbands
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CAN I DO ANYTHING TO PREPARE which are always a hit with the fashion
THEM FOR THE TRIP? conscious and a great distraction.
Teach your children a few words of the local
language. They will love using it and their
effort will instantly make them friends, both Q
ONCE THERE, HOW CAN I PREVENT
CHILDREN BECOMING ILL?
young and old, once you are away. Health concerns should be a top priority,
You can also fi re up their enthusiasm by particularly when travelling to developing
watching a fi lm shot on location or cooking countries. However, do your homework and
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babies, they aren’t great for older kids – the Take a small medical kit with
armrests don’t go up and it’s diffi cult to watch you. Visit www.travellingwithchildren.
the overhead TVs. A daytime fl ight should co.uk if you’d like a good basic list. If you
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ask the fl ight attendants for earplugs. Check Make sure you have nets to cover the
out www.fl yingwithkids.com for a great list beds, anti-mosquito spray and trousers
of tips written by an air hostess. and long-sleeved shirts for the evenings.
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