As parents, it is your job to make sure that your children are living the best possible life you can give them. Of course, that includes paying for lessons, helping them with their academics and, of course, being there for them in their time of need.
Another thing parents can give their children regarding experience is taking them out to see the world. Now, this is an exciting experience for both you and your child. After all, it will be their first time overseas, and (possibly) your first time abroad with your little one in tow.
But, of course, there is always the worry in the back of your mind that something wary may happen. Your child may get scared to get on the aeroplane, or too afraid to enjoy himself, as he clings on to you for dear life, preventing you from enjoying the vacation yourself.
The key to this is preparation. Setting expectations and giving clear instructions can help your child enjoy the destination. Here are a few ways you can do just that:
After you have made plans for the trip, take out a map or a globe and show them exactly where you are going and how far it is from your country. This is an excellent time to tell them about how the culture in that area is different from yours, and how the people may look a bit different from the ones in your town.
It also helps to show them pictures of the people living in that country. This way, they can get a clear picture in their head of what the people will look like. It should be enough to spark an interest.
Once you’ve shown them where in the world you’re going, next up is introducing them little by little to the customs. For example, in Japan, people take off their shoes before entering someone’s home, and that Mother’s Day is celebrated in August in Thailand.
Break out a book on the said culture, or watch child-friendly documentaries that can help them understand things a lot better.
Movies depicting the destination
For some children, Youtube videos and documentaries can be tedious to watch. Another great way to showcase places you and your family will visit is to find a movie that depicts the location.
Movies like The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Ratatouille, and Mulan among others are great movies to watch with your kids that can also give them an introduction to the countries each story is based in.
Pack your bags together with your child. Not only is this a great way to teach them about doing things for themselves, but you can also guide them on what they can and cannot bring.
What’s more, remember to pack for the weather. Check online what kind of weather you should expect during your stay, and pack accordingly.
It’s the day of your flight! Make sure you have all of your child’s documents together with yours, and you have everything you need for when you arrive.
Remember to take with you any of their favourite toys or even their blanket, as well as their pyjamas. That way, if it’s a long flight, they can sleep a lot more comfortable in their seats.
Make your child’s first overseas vacation a great experience by preparing for it weeks in advance. Introducing him to the culture little by little before going to the destination itself can help them enjoy their stay even more.
Finally, comfort is essential. You don’t want to make your child walk too much or take them on public transport where the chances of them getting separated from you are high. Instead, rent a car to help you and your family get around safely and in style.