If a child could tell his or her parents one thing about planning family vacations, it would be to stay away from guidebooks.
"Definitely do not get travel books," child Alexander told Conde Nast Traveler. "I remember my dad gave me and my sister some travel books before we went places. They were dense and curbed my interest."
What does work, though, is fun fiction about the foreign land the family plans on visiting. Travelers who book a car rental in Greece
, for example, can read their kids Greek mythology as a way to prepare for the trip, as one young veteran traveler, Cleo, recommends to the news source.
Kids possess a wealth of knowledge about the simple ways to make family vacations much more fun. Experiencing the unknown, taking breaks and turning sightseeing into a game are some of the tips that many children offered parents to make the most of their getaways to Europe, Australia or Africa, according to the news source.
"You should always come back knowing that you did something you weren't willing to try before," said youth traveler Ella. "It gives you a sense of accomplishment and makes the trip memorable."
Many kids reported that their favorite vacations were the most exotic, unfamiliar locales that they visited with family members. Places such as Morocco, Vietnam and Costa Rica stood out in children's minds because of the exhilarating adventures they participated in while there, including zip lining and trying the nation's local cuisine.
Additionally, setting aside time for rest can benefit not only the kids, but parents, too. When driving a car rental in Athens
, kids may appreciate stopping every couple of hours, which can also give the driver a break. Dan Ronan, communications manager for AAA Texas and New Mexico, advises in the Chicago Tribune that travelers to get out and stretch, use the restroom and get some fresh air.
Another helpful tip that can save families many headaches as well as prevent back-and-forth bickering is renting a separate, adjoining hotel room for children, depending on their age. Though "it depends on the kid," Ronan stated, typically a child at the age of 13 or older could stay with siblings in a connecting room - some even have a common living area, which could be an ideal option for families.
One final consideration for parents is to allow their kids to invite a friend to join them on the trip. Especially for families with only one child, bringing a friend along can keep the child occupied during long rides in the family car rental