Traveling with your kids should be one of the best experiences you have as a family. You expose your children to new learning opportunities through visiting historical landmarks, eating new foods, hearing different languages, and so much more.
We want to help you make this experience as easy as a walk in the park. Check out our top 10 tips for traveling with children below:
1. Take it Slow and Leave Plenty of Time
Keep your schedule loose and leave plenty of room for adjustment. A flexible schedule will create less stress for you and your family and lead to a happier trip overall.
2. Don’t Over pack
The less you bring, the easier it is to pack, the less you have to carry, and the more room you have for souvenirs.
3. Explain the Trip
Once your children understand what’s going on, they are less likely to ask questions while you’re trying to take care of travel logistics. They will be happier, more comfortable, and excited about what’s coming next.
4. Snacks, Snacks, Snacks
Having a few small and easily transportable snacks with you at all times can keep everyone happy until you can refuel.
5. Ask for Child Discounts
You never know unless you ask. We’ve found that businesses are often willing to give us a discount for our kids. If we hadn’t raised the question, we never would have known. It pains me to think of how much extra I’ve spent on trips when I didn’t think to ask for discounts for the kids.
6. Give Kids Your Contact Information
If a child gets lost despite your best efforts, you’ll want them to have your contact information.
Your contact information should include the following items for all of the adults on your trip so you have multiple opportunities for help locating your child.
7. Travel with Basic Medicines
It’s always a good idea to take a few over-the-counter medications your family might need while traveling. Over-the-counter medications may include:
8. Identification Documentation
Having the proper paperwork is especially crucial if you’re traveling without your child’s other parent or if you’re traveling with children who are not your own. In either of these cases, some countries may require that you have documentation to prove you have permission to travel with the child.
Required documentation may include:
9. Give Kids a Camera
Having a camera and trying to get the best photos will help your child focus more on the things they’re seeing all around them. It will help them see the beauty in the landscape, the amazing features in the architecture, and the details of the crowds and bustle of the city.
The photos they take will be great for showing friends and relatives when they get back home and for helping them remember the trip for years to come.
10. Be Flexible
Be flexible, go with the flow, and have a great trip with your family.
SAE Global: Looking for a way to experience different cultures without leaving home? Hosting an international exchange student is the perfect way to have your children experience a new culture from the comforts of home. You’ll learn the student’s language, customs, and traditions, amongst other learning opportunities. Meet our current students needing a host family here: http://saeglobal.org/student-exchange-photolisting/
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Dear Future Host Family,
I am Mateo from Burgos, Spain. My home country is beautiful and known for its Gothic Cathedrals. I live with my parents and little sister, Alma. As a family, we enjoy hiking and visiting museums.
I am anxious and excited to meet you. Becoming a foreign exchange student wasn’t an easy choice. I was torn between leaving the comforts of home and traveling the world. However, I know these new experiences are a once in a life time opportunity for me.
Because of your family, I get the opportunity to learn a new culture and expand my education. In turn, I will teach you about my culture. Have you ever tried lazos de san guillermo? It’s my favorite dessert! I will make it for your family.
I am grateful for you choosing me as an exchange student. As we say in my home country sincero gracias meaning thank you.
Te veo pronto (See you soon),
About Student Ambassador Exchange:
At Student Ambassador Exchange, we impact the lives of students like Mateo every day! Join our global mission today by becoming a host family. Applying is easy at SAEGlobal.org. Have a question about the program? Call to speak with a Program Coordinator at (512) 323 – 9595.Read More
In celebration of Father’s day, we want to celebrate all our wonderful SAE host dads! What makes our host dads so special is the bond they create with our exchange students, the effort they go to be there and the love they have for them.
Host dad, James from Arizona shares with us what an unforgettable experience he and his family had hosting Ben, an exchange student from China.
Ben has been an amazing addition to my family and friends. When he arrived in August he was a somewhat shy and reserved kid. Typical, right? But soon after, he opened up and became fully engaged with his exchange experience.
We had great times together attending sporting events (mostly NFL Games) and Ben embraced our local teams and got into all the excitement, being a “true fan”. We also took him on trips to show him different places and landmarks in the U.S., including Salt Lake City and San Diego.
We learned from the beginning that he was self-motivated and loved to contribute at home. He even enjoyed grocery shopping! He was also open to trying new things like cooking some egg drop soup! I have to say, it was delightful!
My friends think he is such a great young man and ask about him every day.
When I think back to our year together and all the memories we made, the moment he made me most proud, always stands out. That moment was when he decided to join the school soccer team. Ben never played organized soccer in China, but decided to give it a go. Lots of other kids dropped out for various reasons but he persevered and was chosen to be on the team. Initially, because of his inexperience he only played in the last few minutes of a game when they were well ahead. However, as the season progressed and his skills improved, he started the last 4 games of the season (as a defender) and played in 2 playoff games! The school finished third in their division. That’s really remarkable for someone new to the game and our country to step-up and stay with something new and different!
Ben is a terrific kid and he will go far in life. He has goals in place for his future that I know he will accomplish!
Happy Father’s Day James and all our SAE host dads!
Interested in becoming a host dad and creating unforgettable memories with an exchange student? Check out how to host this fall on our website!
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A letter from a Host Family:
My family had always thought hosting a high school exchange student would be a fun experience. We wanted to create a welcoming home and share our family’s traditions. We stumbled upon Student Ambassador Exchange last summer and applied!
I can only imagine how anxious the student must have been because we were very anxious for his arrival. We were worried about how the student would adjust to our home and lifestyle. So many questions arouse. Would we be able to communicate easily? How should we set up ground rules? Should we give the student space? Our Program Coordinator with SAE Global helped ease our anxiety by answering our questions thoroughly. They explained that both our family and the student would receive an orientation about expectations. SAE Global also ensured us the students in the program must have good grades and discipline to become a part of the program.
SAE Global allowed us to view student profiles and select a student based on our preferences. We selected Adrian based on common interests, age, and gender. Adrian arrived September 3rd, 2018 and quickly found a place in our hearts. He was exceptional in school and sought help when needed. We have enjoyed introducing him to our favorite spots like the local ice cream shop and hiking trails. Adrian was open to sharing his home country’s traditions and customs too. We learned about Spanish holidays, sayings, food, and so much more. It was interesting to see the similarities and differences between the two countries. As host parents, we embraced the challenges and felt accomplished by the success of the year!
Although it is sad to see Adrian leave to go home. We have built a bond that will last a lifetime. We are looking forward to visiting him and his family in Spain next year. We encourage anyone considering an International Exchange Program to take the leap. It is an enriching cultural experience for all members of the family!
The Miller Family
About Student Ambassador Exchange:
At Student Ambassador Exchange, we build lasting relationships like the Miller Family and Adrian every day! Join our global mission today by becoming a host family. Applying is easy at SAEGlobal.org. Have a question about the program? Call to speak with a Program Coordinator at (512) 323 – 9595.Read More
It probably seems as though you just arrived. As the school year is coming to a close, you need to begin preparing now for
You will find that saying “Good-bye For Now” has practical steps as well as emotional ones. Below you will find a checklist that covers most of the practical aspects of preparing for departure. However, many students and host families find it difficult to prepare emotionally. They are surprised when they experience intense feelings of sadness, loss, anxiety, and sometimes anger as the date of departure comes closer. Most people believe that if they don’t talk about the feeling, the feelings will go away. Remember that they won’t. The emotions almost always emerge, one way or another.
If you have young brothers and/or sisters in your host family, it is very important to talk with them about their feelings. Children often form very strong attachments to their international “brother” or “sister.” When they realize that you will be leaving, children may begin to withdraw, misbehave, or push you away to help deal with the “pain” of departure. This may be the first time that a child experiences loss of someone special or “someone leaving” for a long time. Don’t underestimate the powerful feelings of young children. Reassure them that you will always be in their life, just not in the same house. A
special card or gift especially for them will help them say good-bye while still keeping a part of you with them.
As an exchange student in the United States, you enjoyed a “special” status. You were a “special” person in your host family and also at your school. You were “different” from everyone else, and you had to work at “fitting in.” While “fitting in” was sometimes difficult, it was a part of your special experience being an exchange student.
Now you will return home to a “normal” environment. Many exchange students become sad and depressed when they return home because they are no longer “special.” They have this “extraordinary person inside who has had an incredible experience,” but everyone treats them like a “normal” person. Just as you had an adjustment stage to go through when you first arrived in your host family, you will also have an adjustment stage when you return home. It is often called: “Reverse
This year or semester will always be special. Many exchange students describe it as “the best year of my life!” You have learned to open your mind to different cultures and ways of living. You speak English much better now than when you arrived. You have had an experience of a lifetime that will always be a part of who you are.Read More