They always say that exploring Europe with kids is never easy. I may have to partially agree on that. One reason is that everything here in the old continent can get very expensive. Restaurants, cafes, accommodations, transportations, and things in between, cost quite a bit high. Other than that, young children don't have the same energy and enthusiasm as that of the adults when it comes to exploring unknown places. So the common scenario would be for these younglings to easily get tired when you're only just halfway of your itinerary. This is exactly what happened to us when we went to see Louvre Museum for the first time.
However, these factors should never discourage you to tour Europe with family and kids. Even if the pocket is a bit tight, there are still ways to make traveling with children a fun-filled experience. I, for one, am an advocate of family travel. This is probably the best way for people to create piles of long lasting happy memories together – the ones that can't be replaced even for the time to come.
So how can you enjoy traveling Europe with kids? Allow us to share to you a few tips and tricks based on our personal experience.
Huddle-up with the Kids
Regardless of age, kids will feel more connected and more involved, as in any form of activity including traveling, if you get them on board in the planning process. These little ones will definitely love to opt in a thing or two on what they want to do and places to see. Older kids, on the other hand, are more helpful. They can make plans, make reservations, do more research, etc.
Make the Proper Preparations
Preparation is also key to a successful and enjoyable trip. The last thing any parent would want is a kid throwing tantrums because he's either hungry, tired, or bored. To prevent this dilemma from happening, make sure you pack the right items to bring.
Don't Follow the Crowd
To avoid the hassle and bustle brought by the sheer number of tourists visiting Europe, we advise avoiding peak seasons and holiday periods when traveling with kids. By doing this, you save yourselves from having to fight your way to get into popular attractions and spots. Also, you can reap the benefits of relatively reduced flight rates and hotel prices.
Choosing the Best Spots
Speaking of itineraries, there are places in Europe that are kid-friendly. My kid had a wonderful time visiting these tourist spots:
1. Legoland Deutschland – simply put, it's a Lego paradise that kids of all ages should visit
2. The Pig Museum in Stuttgart, Germany – one of the most unique places we had visited. Pigs. Pigs everywhere!
3. Keukenhof Garden Netherlands – feast your eyes in the most extravagant showcase of flowers. This garden is only open to the public for 8 weeks per year.
4. Efteling Theme Park Tour – feed your child's imagination by bringing them to this fantastic theme park.
5. Galaxy Erding – Therme Erding – this is the perfect place to experience a wet and wild kind of adventure that your whole family will never forget.
These are just some of the places we highly recommend if you plan to visit Europe with kids. They will be more than happy to join you in these trips.