Some children, especially younger ones, dislike the lack of familiarity that comes with holiday accommodation. Even if you’re only taking a quick city break, they can feel unnerved and out of sorts in an unfamiliar place, which can ruin the trip for both them and you. Of course, all is not lost. If you’re worried, simply follow these tips.
Look for a Serviced Apartment
Firstly, look for a serviced apartment instead of a hotel room. You’ll have more space, and a serviced apartment is going to feel much more like home. It should even come with some amenities that a hotel room wouldn’t, so children will find their stay a little more familiar. Perhaps more importantly, serviced apartments are more private. Instead of finding yourself in one room among many others, your serviced apartment will usually be part of a smaller building.
If your child is already feeling a little nervous about staying somewhere unfamiliar, it isn’t going to help if you have to go out every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They’re going to be in another strange, and generally quite busy, environment, and they’ll be forced to eat food with which they are not familiar. Booking self-catered accommodation means being able to prepare the meals they love without even having to leave the room.
Show, Don’t Tell
Any kind of accommodation is going to feel a lot less familiar if you have no idea where you’re heading. If you have younger children, it might be a good idea to show them pictures of where you’ll be staying. If possible, show them where they will be sleeping, and remember to talk about the fun things you’re going to do when you arrive.
Bring Some Things with You
Young children don’t just miss the familiarity of home – they miss the familiarity of everything home contains. That means you can help them feel more comfortable somewhere new by bringing a few toys and games along with you.