"There are two classes of travel: first-class and with children.”
Schools have started breaking up, some families have already escaped the city heat for more relaxing destinations, where the sea laps against the shore, routine flies out the window, and kids wear nothing but shorts for 6 weeks. Or more.
But let's get there in one piece, unphased by delayed flights or long car journeys...
It won't be easy. We know travel can be arduous for most kids under 14. Take lots of breaks and try out some of these recommendations below.
Oh and we've made you a Spotify playlist, to make the journey more fun. But if that doesn't silence the siblings, whack on Classic FM, turn up the volume, and let Brahms sort them out.
"Here is the answer, what is the question?" asks Noel Janis-Norton.
Noel is internationally known for her distinctive Calmer, Easier Happier methods that show parents how to improve family life. She's also a grandmother and loves playing games with her grandchildren. This is one they enjoy together.
Pick one word, e.g. SNORKELLING and ask your kids to guess the question, e.g. What do you wear a mask and flippers for?
See here another recommendation from Noel.
Pick up most Roald Dahl audio CDs and your kids can enjoy fun-fuelled fantasies while you're guaranteed a peaceful ride, off and away on the motorway to adventure. Matilda is told by actress and mum of 3, Kate Winslet and has "squelchy sound effects," says this dad.
"The kids love this and they learn to spell new words together - result!" says this dad. Includes one wooden game board with 37 flippable tiles, an erasable whiteboard and a dry-erase marker and eraser.
"A perfect gift," says a mum of 3. We used to spend hours playing this when we were little, too. Teaches strategy skills and it definitely kept us quiet during the holidays. Line up your ships and guess where your opponent put theirs.
A BAFTA-nominated, NSPCC-supported app with "very clever audio books when travelling," says a mum of 1. Also features age-appropriate – Azoomee means 'safe haven' in Japanese – art, music, games and puzzles. Good news for larger families is it allows multi-account use.
The best £15 you can spend, especially if you have a child that suffers from travel sickness –we find that singing really helps. Plug it in to your cigarette lighter, tune your radio dial to the frequency number that lights up, connect your bluetooth settings on your mobile phone, andvoila! Access to your apps, such as Spotify. And here below is a playlist for you!
In my mind, Summer Holidays as a child were instrumental in creating some of my happiest, most cherished memories. I feel like I spent almost all of them running through sprinklers, splashing around paddling pools, eating warm pitta bread and picking strawberries.
A fair chunk of this precious time off school was also spent in the back of a rather warm car, heading away to the South. These road trips were exciting at first, but really, after the first hour or two they became fairly arduous for all parties. The saving grace of any long journey was that my parents were (and still are) all-consuming music lovers.
So, once we'd tired of "I Spy", and all the snacks had vanished, we were left cruising through lavender fields listening to The Doobie Brothers on full volume, blasting our sort-of-correct lyrics. It wasn’t just the cathartic experience of rushing past beautiful scenes to music, but the education I got from listening to ‘adult music’, that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
It is in this spirit that this playlist has been created. Part music education, part cathartic experience on the open road. Enjoy.
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