“Mum, Dad – Are we there yet?” All your hopes and dreams of the tranquil trip away can all come tumbling down in that one moment when the reality of entertaining your little ones for the next week (or two) suddenly hits home. From the airport journey to the drama of the hotel room itself, holidays can be a trying time for parents’ patience. The key to a happy, peaceful holiday is—as it so often is—preparation, and finding ways to keep kids busy on your summer holiday might well be the ticket to coming home rejuvenated and re-energised. With this in mind, we have come up with our top five tips for keeping your kids busy abroad.
#1 Keep it Simple
Simple, classic travel games that require little in the way of extra packing are always winners for keeping kids busy. Games such as I Spy, Would You Rather?, and 20 Questions are travel staples, while with a modest pad and a pencil you might also initiate one of the most effective travel games: the licence plate game. Simply ask your little ones to pay attention to the licence plates on passing cars and to scribble down plates from different countries (or States, if you are in the US). The person who spots licence plates from the highest number of countries wins, and you can always raise the stakes by offering double points for the capital city of each country.