Planning for a trip can get a bit tricky if you bring your kids along. If you’re going somewhere for the first time, preparing “for the unexpected” is really nothing more than a shot in the dark with varying temperaments in the group. We get that, so here are 5 tips to help make travelling with your kids easier – from PARKROYAL Picks, your personal travel insider.
Planning your itinerary thoroughly can make getting around a lot simpler. What you want to do is avoid getting lost so as to minimize the cliché “are we there yet?” echoing at you from below eye level. Figure out the mode of transport you want to take, the places you want go to, and then allocate timeslots for each destination. You can get the stops saved via our PARKROYAL Picks app, which helps you to collate relevant guides and places prior to your arrival so you’d have a customised itinerary long before you even buy your plane tickets!
You never want to be too far from home (or in this case, your place of refuge). If your kids have a limited attention span for the things you wish to do, you’d want to stay nearer to your destinations. That way it’ll be less of a hassle to get the little guys back to the hotel’s swimming pool for playtime - their No.1 priority on vacations.
And what better way to go than the tried and proven route? PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road has consistently taken in large numbers of families each year as it is situated near local attractions like the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Chinatown shopping market, and Mustafa shopping centre. If you want to travel further, the hotel is also conveniently located next to Farrer Park train station. Add to that the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool and spacious rooms designed to suit the needs of your family, you truly will never be too far from home.
Remember to feed your children at regular intervals! Sometimes we get carried away with the sightseeing and might end up at a location where food isn’t readily available. As the saying goes – “a hungry [child] is an angry [child]”. If you have a toddler and want him to be seated in a baby chair, know the eateries that can accommodate your needs. If you’d much rather explore the area for food, then consider packing sandwiches or some snacks for the hunger pangs.
A trip with the family doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze in some time for yourself! While the young ones are napping in the hotel, go to a museum and take in the local arts scene, or go to a café and just people-watch with a cup of coffee. You could also leave your kids in the care of the hotel’s babysitting service; at PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road, simply inform the hotel’s associates at least 24 hours before your well-deserved time off, and you can drop your kids off at babysitting the following day! Allow yourself some relaxation – we know parenting isn’t easy.
Yes, a lot of planning went into this trip so that it will be perfect. But when better opportunities present themselves unexpectedly during your journey, or when the original plan doesn’t seem feasible anymore, take it easy and just go with the flow. For instance, if the current location you find yourself in is boring the wits out of your family, just use the “Show Nearby” feature in PARKROYAL Picks app to find out what else you could do in the vicinity! Embrace the spirit of adventure and your trip might get even better!