Taking Kids off the Beaten Track
Debbie | On 10, Sep 2013
One of our main concerns as parents is keeping our kids safe at all times – it’s a big part of the job. However, as much as we all want to protect our little ones from harm, we realize as well that wrapping them in cotton wool will stifle their sense of adventure, their creativity and their self confidence. This is why taking the kids off the beaten track can be so valuable – it’s a chance for the kids to learn a little about risk taking, in a safe environment with parents watching over them. It’s a way of broadening their horizons and promoting their self esteem while they learn about how fascinating the world around them can be.
Taking kids off the beaten track is a safe option as long as you keep your wits about you, keep a good eye on your kids at all times and follow a few simple rules.
There are many countries that are popular tourist destination despite experiencing political instability. Wherever you’re intending on taking the children, check with the Foreign Office website for up to date information about the safety and stability of locations.
If you’re planning on an adventure type holiday, then make sure that your children are prepared for the trip by taking advantage of some of the adventure style days out in the UK. If you’re planning on a climbing holiday, why not visit a sports facility with a climbing wall where they can learn the basics. If you’re off on a hiking/camping holiday try and spend a weekend camping and hiking as a test run.
If you’re taking the kids to an exotic place make sure that you get any vaccinations well in advance. Check with your GP which vaccinations you’ll all need based on your intended destination. You’ll also need to find out whether you need to take anti-malarial tablets (which usually need to be started a week in advance). Research online to make sure you’re familiar with any food and water hygiene issues – for example in some countries you need to use bottled water when brushing your teeth to keep safe.
If you’re planning to take your family on the holiday of a lifetime, be sure to research completely to make sure you choose the right destination and make the relevant preparations. This way you should be able to take your kids off the beaten track and enjoy your off beat adventure – a holiday that will leave you all with memories to talk about for years to come.