A selfie is a fun source of memories, but it doesn’t have to be the only one. You can help your children — who are lucky enough to actually travel — maintain some of the memories of what they experience. Among these few simple activities, one or more may enhance their memory banks by assisting them to identify, classify and remember what they have seen and done. It may also facilitate their ability to distinguish between why they liked one thing and not another, which is in itself an important learning experience.
Buy, bring or make a calendar large enough to fill in spaces for morning, afternoon and evening activities. Depending upon their age, they or you can fill in the names of the places visited, the activities they did, the foods they ate or liked or the places they stayed. It’s a good idea to jot down the name and contact of people they met, too. The resulting project will be a journal or future plan for an itinerary.
Encourage your children to save a brochure or ticket from the aquarium, the plane or train, theater or soccer match or a paper menu from the restaurant to make a scrapbook of the trip, or to decorate the calendar journal they made.
Reinterpret the old car trip “find the state-by-state” license plate game with a mobile phone. Encourage kids to take pictures of different cars, architectural styles, foods, doors, sign posts, posters, pop stars, boats … whatever interests them and teach them to make a photo album by category.
Shop for practical items your child will actually use and remember where it was bought by asking for a business card at each shop.
Support your child’s interest in whatever (music, theater, sports, shopping, beach, boating) by arranging to see or do the activity on vacation; encourage them to write either a thank you note about the experience or a post card to a friend who shares the interest and including the date, place and what they saw.
Hopefully, these projects will enhance your time with your kids and their memories of the trip.
People need a “chance to get some well-needed rest, relaxation and fresh air.” This is a sentiment we all likely share, as does the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union. The EC included that phrase when it released its plan to help reopen Europe following the COVID-19 global pandemic. While most EU borders remain closed to international travel until at least mid-June, the EC’s plan starts with inter-Europe travel, and are non-binding recommendations and guidelines. European countries still have the final decision, so travelers are advised to check the restrictions of the countries they plan to visit. According to the EC, “blanket restrictions of free movement are replaced by targeted measures.”
The cruise industry responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with updates on cancellations and rebooking policies. Here’s an update.
Lake Powell, a family-favorite vacation destination in the American Southwest, lies between Utah and Arizona — an ideal place to rent a houseboat and spend your time exploring the lake and its shores as a family, enjoying the sun, the water and plenty of adventure.
With technology advancing faster than ever, children globally are becoming attached to devices. Adults too. Our Netflix queue and ever-expanding inbox call our names even when we’re on vacation. We carry distractions with us everywhere, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to truly connect with your loved ones.
If you’re looking for a charming new island escape on the East Coast, get away to a locale many have yet to discover. Daufuskie Island considers itself the Nantucket of the South, a hidden gem off the Southeast Coast, near Savannah, Georgia, and Hilton Head. The luxurious environment is unpretentious, but filled with all the amenities discerning family travelers need.