Despite touring style holidays becoming more and more popular, they remain very much something that couples or groups of adults should try to keep to themselves. If you were to make a list of the types of holidays to take children on, then sitting them in a car or campervan for days at a time would probably not be very near the top of your list.
We looked at four reasons why this is the case.
Are We There Yet?
Although this is a huge cliché in terms of holidays with children, definitely the question is asked the most when touring around with youngsters.
The issue here, of course, is that you never really are ‘there,’ owing to the fact that you’re travelling from place to place. While the American West or the Australian outback may be fun for you, this probably isn’t the case for children when you’re lacking a final destination. Finding out that they have arrived only to be bundled back into the car an hour or two later isn’t going to win you any ‘favourite parent’ accolades.
Parents obviously love their kids, but like with anyone, spending time with them 24/7 lends itself to all parties needing a break. There just isn’t the opportunity for this if you take such a holiday, as you don’t have the benefits of children’s clubs where they can go to let off some steam while you relax and take a breather.
Children have an almost unrivalled ability to feel underwhelmed with just about everything. Imagine how the rest of the day is going to go when you have been telling your children all about the fabulous sight you have driven hundreds of miles to see, and when you get there the priceless reaction you get is, “Is that it?”
Perhaps when they are a little older they will have a greater appreciation of certain things, but having sat cooped up all day, our children will often need something a little more exciting that something historically significant.
Probably the biggest reason why children detest touring holidays is that they are bored for the duration of the trip. Unless you can get your hands on some sort of camper or bus that has a swimming pool on top of it (unlikely), or plan your trip to take in things such as waterparks and zoos (more likely, but difficult to plan), then boredom induced annoying behaviour traits could well be on the horizon.
If you want to take a touring holiday, then do so when either your children are very young and will sleep most of the day, or try to take it before starting your family. Most of the time, it probably isn’t a good idea to drag them along with you.
Rob is an online content writer with a specific interest in writing about the global tourism industry, particularly car hire in Cairns and across the rest of Australia.
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