United Kingdom Journals

Young Minds, Broadened: Tips and Ideas for Travel with Children

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A travel journal to United Kingdom by MagdaDH_AlexH

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Quote: Tips and ideas for travelling with the young 'uns. Not just in the UK, obviously.
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As it`s well known both Greece and Italy are indeed child-friendly places. Children are admitted pretty much everywhere and run around freely but DO seem bit better behaved than UK kids. Come to think of it, I cannot think of kids in any country I visited that do NOT seem better behaved then UK kids. No exaggeration there, though, the Italian and Greek little ones and the bit bigger ones did their share of making noise and doing all the childreny things, but there was never malice associated with it. The biggest difference in comparison with UK was the reception a very small child got: in the UK it is generally only other parents and older people that react positively to children. In Ital...Read More
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We went backpacking with our daughter in Greece and Italy. The first time was Italy in June 2004, when we wanted cheap holidays and we also wanted to see how the camping thing would work with a small child. Italy with its warm, human-friendly weather and known child-friendly culture seemed ideal for this experiment. I won`t keep you waiting in suspense, it DID work out and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Encouraged by the experience we took the tent to Greece in 2005. Our daughter was 3 in Italy and 4 in Greece. In both cases we flew and we didn`t rent a car. As we moved around rather than stayed put, everything, and that included our daughter, had to be transportable on our backs. ...Read More

More Tips for Backpacking with Children

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My tips could be summarised as follows: (1) Keep the child close and engaged in what you are doing. She might not know about `Baroque` but will be interested in the mythical animals on the church`s façade. He might not appreciate the breathtaking view but will notice sheep, lemon trees and poppies. (2) Be ready and ideally equipped to carry your child, especially when it`s very hot and/or you are walking far. If you want her to go along happily with what you are doing provide something in return. This something is your presence, your back to lean on, your hair to pull and at least some attention. (3) Allow, encourage and gently guide contact with other chi...Read More

10 Tips for Travelling with Children

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Monkeying about in the coach class Photo, Canada, North America
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Travel is educational and fun, as much or more for children as it is for adults. Traveling with children has its own challenges that differ from the demands of adult-only trips. The best approach will depend on the combination of the means and duration of travel and the child's age and personality, but there are some basic tips that will make traveling with children easier, less stressful and more fun for all concerned.(1) Keep them fed and watered.This is crucial, and the younger the children are, the more important it is. You will avoid an immense amount of crankiness and all kinds of behavioral difficulties if you remember to keep the thirst and hunger at bay. Th...Read More

London with children

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London is a great place to visit with children. It has a huge number of kids' activities, places to go and things to see, a surprising number of them free. London is full of life, full of history, full of culture. A multi-ethnic and multi-cultural city, and astonishingly safe despite having over ten million inhabitants, London has masses to offer to visitors of any age.The 2012 Olympics added a spate of destinations and attractions, unfortunately I have not been to London this year and can't honestly include these.==The Thames==The river is still the focus of London's life, even though the docks are long gone. You can simply walk around (the South Bank i...Read More