Savvy Francophile’s guide to travel with kids – when you arrive

Savvy Francophile's guide to travel with kids - when you arriveTravelling with kids can be a daunting prospect – but it shouldn’t be!

You’ve made it! So far so good! Remember though, baby steps… Don’t rush the kids (and yourself) off their feet – you have heaps of time, so take it slowly, take a breather, and most importantly: enjoy yourself!

When you get there…

1. Jet lag

Once you’ve all made it and you’re off the plane prepare for jet lag. Even if you’re planning to move around it’s always a good idea to book your first night’s accommodation in advance.

Jet lag can be bad enough for adults so to keep the kids happy encourage them to have a nap. It’s important for you all to adjust to local time as quickly as possible so if that means losing half an hour sleeping but spending the rest of the day exploring town it’s worth giving up that little bit of time.

2. Getting around

Walking around is a great way to discover new places on holiday but don’t underestimate how tired it’ll make you. Try balancing walking with taxis and/or a hire car. Hire cars also give the kids a place to nap and can make getting from one hotel to the next much less stressful.

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3. Staying in one place or moving around

If you’re planning on moving around keep in mind how long you’ll spend in each place. It’s a good idea to spend a few nights in each city you visit to give both the kids and yourself a chance to get used to it.

Do you have any advice for parents attempting French travel with kids? Let us know in the comment box below!

Jump to:
1 – The introduction
2 – Planning
3 – When you arrive (this page)
4 – Keeping them entertained

Image Credits
1. © Michael Osman, Paris Find.
2. Taxi Parisien by Chris Goldberg, via Flickr. 

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Judy MacMahon

Experience FRANCE beyond the CLICHÉ with MyFrenchLife is for Curious Savvy Francophiles wherever you are. Meet Francophiles in France, online, and/or wherever you live. You’re very welcome to join us - Judy MacMahon -

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