Traveling with kids can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be fraught with pitfalls and frustrations. With some careful planning, many of the most common traveling-with-Junior travails can be avoided. Here are 10 ways how:
1. Research your destination before you book your tickets.
Conduct online research or ask a travel agent to find out if your vacation base is a place where a lot of families visit. Some places may sound kid-friendly, but they can turn out not to be. On a recent eight-day trip to Panama, our 4-year-old son had a total of one playmate (who spoke Swedish) for a total of 30 minutes—needless to say, this was an unexpected bummer. Had we known the dominant scene was 20-something European backpacking partiers, we could have made a prudent itinerary switch before dropping a dime...<more>