Earlier this year, a Skyscanner survey revealed that a shocking 97% of parents felt they were no longer free to travel as they pleased since having children. This doesn’t have to be the case though, don’t give up on your dream holiday to India, just check out these top travel tips instead.
Pick hotels and flights wisely
Remember that many hotels in India won’t cater to children the way you might be used to, unless you’re staying in some of the higher-end places. However, if you’re prepared to be flexible and possibly take a travel cot with you, you’ll find most lower end hotels are extremely accommodating to your wishes.
Make sure there’s plenty of space for all your baggage too, by choosing cheap flights to India offering plenty of storage – as well as priority seats for you and your little ones.
Must have accessories
Packing for holidays with very young children can seem like a mammoth task (it’s bad enough going round the corner to the supermarket), but there are a few bits and pieces you should consider taking.
A car seat: if you plan to do any travelling by car during your time in India, it’s advisable to bring a seat with you as they aren’t common there.
An inflatable booster seat: Aside from hotels and large restaurants, you’re unlikely to find many high chairs, so this is handy if you’d like your toddler to be able to join you at the table.
A child carrier: A buggy or pushchair generally isn’t practical in India’s crowded streets, so take your baby carrier of choice instead.
Best places to visit
- Some of the best spots to visit in India when you’re sporting sprogs are:
- Dehli, which is packed but extremely friendly and home to lots of tourist attractions.
- Rajasthan, where your children will experience a unique adventure.
- Goa, ideal for lazy beach holidays and with lots of child-friendly activities.
Eating in India
You might be worried about how tiny tummies will cope with Indian cuisine, but truth be told there are plenty of non-spicy dishes available. Fresh fruits are easy to get your hands on, breads, curd and rice can be found at most restaurants for cooling down any spicier fare, and if you stick to big cities, fussy eaters will be more than accommodated with a range of global restaurants, including places like TGI Friday and Pizza Hut.
Always have a quick bite of whatever your children are eating first though, as some things may have spice added that you won’t expect – such as the tomato ketchup!
Drink bottled water, and if you absolutely can’t get your hands on any, be sure you boil and filter it first – this doesn’t have to be a trying task, you can buy water purification bottles that will do the hard work for you. Pack a basic medical kit and if you think your child needs a doctor, your hotel should be able to guide you.
You should also visit your GP at least two months before you go, and ask them for advice about any medication or vaccinations your children might need.
Prepare your children
If your children are old enough, have a chat with them before you go. They may garner more attention than they are used to – especially if they are blond or red headed – and they may also be taken aback by some of the things they see, especially in areas with high levels of poverty.