A Few Tips for a Family Trip to India with Kids

So, you want to take your family to India this spring. India is a country that will surprise from all points of view. This vast country offers cuisine like no other. You and your loved ones will enjoy regional dishes like tikka masala or malai kofka. India is at the same time fascinating and thrilling. It’s impossible not to love the culture, history, and diversity. It will be a delightful destination for your kids. If you really want to go to India, you’ll be happy to find out that it’s an easy place to visit. Lasting memories await your family. If you’ve never traveled to South East Asia before with your family, you might want to keep in mind these tips.

Go up a notch with accommodation

If you’ve never had experiences with Indian hospitality, you need to know that the locals are very friendly, not to mention generous. People here consider it a huge honor to have a guest stay in their home. Actually, they do everything possible to please foreigners. There are numerous opportunities for homestays, but you’ll want to check into a hotel or something because of the kids. They may have a hard time around strangers, no matter how warm and polite they are. Choose a place to stay that is located far, far away from the chaos which characterizes the city center. You’re bound to find family-friendly accommodation, so don’t worry.

Don’t spend too much money on vacation

Chances are that you’ve carefully budgeted for your trip to India. You have enough money to pay for accommodation, meals, and excursions. Maybe so, but once you get there, it will be hard to resist the temptation of spending your hard-earned money on this and that. Don’t waste your money on silly things such as souvenirs that you or your loved ones aren’t likely to use. What is more, pay attention to attraction discounts. Paying full price for the tickets can be a hard burden to bear, especially when you have children. If you happen to run out of cash, have someone from back home send money to your bank account. The best way to transfer money to India is through a bank transfer. Ideally, you should have two bank accounts, but if you don’t like this idea, at least have different ATM cards.

Embrace the local culture

Traveling gives you a unique chance to immerse yourself in the culture of the destination. Instead of viewing everything from the distance, you and your family should embrace the local culture. In case you didn’t know, kids play an important role in the Indian family. They stay with their parents until they get married and even afterward. If you’re walking down the street and your children are invited to play, don’t say no. Don’t take the bus or hop into a taxi. A bike will help you to get from one place to the other. Despite all the traffic, people love to get on their bicycles. The point is that you and your loved ones should immerse yourselves in the local culture. You’ve got nothing to lose, that’s for sure.

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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