Let the Kids Plan, Too!
When you involve your children in the planning process, they’ll get excited about everything from the cities visited to the foods eaten to the souvenirs they’ll rack up along the way. A few of the best guides for European trip planning include Europe with Kids and Take Your Kids to Europe: How to Travel Safely (and Sanely) in Europe with Your Children. Also, the wealth of web info and travel blogs make researching easy; a few of the very best include Lonely Planet’s Europe with Kids and, once again, My Little Nomads, which is more global in focus. Whet their appetites with destination-specific books: Miroslav Sasek’s This is London, Paris, etc. series is particularly wonderful for introducing the sights of major European cities. Throw movie nights featuring fun films that are related to your destination (when traveling to Paris, for example, watch The Red Balloon and Ratatouille). These movies will bring a city or place to life in a colorful, digital way. Apps such as The World of Abercrombie & Kent and 1000 Ultimate Experiences can provide colorful, interactive inspiration as well. When children have seen some of a country’s offerings, they will voice opinions about everything from visiting the Louvre (“I don’t want to go!”) to Euro Disney in Paris (“Yes, please!”). With everyone’s input, you’ll find a happy travel medium.