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Our A-Z Guide on Traveling with Kids

A is for Attitude: It’s yours to choose. Which one you choose will make all the difference. Enough said.

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B is for Binoculars: One of the great benefits of travel is that it shows you new worlds. Binoculars show you new worlds within new worlds. Binoculars are on virtually all “What to Bring” lists for nature travel, but they are almost as valuable for other kinds of travel as well. They are not of much use inside the Louvre, but they are great for seeing the details of the molding above the cornice on the exterior of the Louvre. The same binoculars that work for bird watching work for people watching.

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C is for Calm: Things can go wrong when you travel. Getting excited seldom helps. Don’t worry, we are here in the country to assist you in anything you need!

D is for Don’t Drag Teenagers: The best way we know to ruin a family trip is to drag along a teenager who would rather be home with her friends.

E is for Expectations: Keep them realistic. It is not realistic to expect a family that is not getting along at home to magically bond on vacation—at least not with each other. Reality is reality at home, in Costa Rica or in Japan.

F is for Fun: It is the main point of taking a vacation especially with kids. Have it.

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G is for Guides: If the purpose of the trip is for you and your kids to learn about a culture, natural or human, other than your own, try to find a really good guide.

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Not the typical guide who delivers rehearsed monologues; but the kind of guides who spark thought-provoking conversations. For example, “How do you think families in ancient Rome were different from modern families in your country?” And then, “How do you think families in modern Rome are different from modern families in your country?”

Our team comprises skilled professional guides with the expertise to elevate your vacation from good to extraordinary, infusing it with a touch of magic. These insightful discussions and expert insights ensure your journey goes beyond the ordinary, leaving you with an unforgettable experience.

H is for Help: Ask for it when you need it.                                    

I is for intolerant: See J.

J is for Judge: Discourage your kids from doing it to other ways of life.
This is a happy child. She does not need pity—or shoes.

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K is for Kite: Bring one. We´ve never done this or scene anyone who has, but it does not seem like such a bad idea, and We could not think of anything for K.

L is for Loose: Stay it.

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M is Maps: Take as many as you can and pore over them. If there is a difference between the map and the ground. The Map’s wrong.

N is for No Digital Distractions: (except on flights): Electronics are invaluable for keeping kids entertained at airports and on long flights. However, once they are at the destination the experience will not be very nourishing if they shut out the sights and sounds of where they are with the portable sights and sounds of home. Make the deal before you leave, digital distraction ends when you get there. It will cause serious withdrawal for some kids—which may not be such a bad thing.

O is for Others: Teach your kids to be considerate of them

P is for Pace: Make it slow Getting everybody packed up and moving is often the most stressful part of the trip—especially when a favorite toy is left behind at your last destination. Unless everybody in the family is experienced travelers, pick one or two places and stay put.

Q is for Questions: Ask them. It is the best way to meet people. If your kids are bored try sending them forth to ask a question. Any question will do. If nothing else comes to mind, pick somebody and suggest your kid ask her where she got her blouse. If your kid is too timid to do it, you do it. It’s not fair to ask your kid to do something you won’t. Also you’ll find as soon as you ask the question your kid will magically no longer be bored—embarrassed maybe, but not bored.

R is for Retreat: If a particular excursion or activity is not going well, retreat and try something else. The idea of a vacation is to enjoy it, not endure it.

S is for Sunburn: Avoid it.

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T is for Time: Time is the most valuable commodity, and when it comes to vacation, we believe that vacation time is simply precious. Seize the opportunity now to invest the time needed to discuss the most captivating activities or sought-after spots your family wishes to explore during your getaway. Having these discussions in advance ensures that no valuable moments are lost, as addressing these preferences upon arrival may be too late. Your vacation experience begins with thoughtful planning, making every moment count. Moreover, it presents a great opportunity to gather everyone around the table.

U is for Uncertainty: Embrace it.                                    

V is for Vaccinations: Probably a good idea.

W is for Wonder: It is what travel is all about.

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X is just for X: Use it to mark everything you want to see and experience while vacationing with your kids, think what your family would like to remember when you are back home.

Y is for Yarns: And yarns are for spinning. Tell each other stories every night. Exaggerate a little. It’s allowed.

Z is for Zest: Have it at all times

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