Holidays with children: our complete guide to Italian and foreign destinations, by the sea or in the mountains and travel tips for families with children
Vacation with children
Summer is coming and we are already dealing with the organization of the holiday with children. Whether we organize a beach or mountain holiday, whether we think of take children on a trip when discovering a European city in an exotic place, it is important to follow some precautions to ensure that children travel safely, go to places suitable for their age and in conditions of comfort.
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What will the 2020 holidays be like?
We interviewed Giovanni Bastianelli, the executive director of ENIT (National Tourism Agency), to ask him what family travel will be like in summer 2020 and what can be done.
«Normally, Italian tourism is divided between 50% of foreign tourists and 50% of Italian visitors. This year we expect a greater incidence of domestic tourism which will dictate the first signs of recovery. The post Covid crisis it will be an opportunity to address the issue of sustainability and a new way of proposing and experiencing tourism: greener and slower. “.
What can be done?
«Covid pushes to review the tourist offer but it is also an opportunity to improve even more the already high quality standards. It is evident that the dimension of the space acquires value. Italy fully responds to these renewed conditions. It is the moment of the walks, of the rediscovery of naturalistic and open-air paths that require small groups. It will also be the moment of the most exclusive experiences to be made accessible to all with the appropriate precautions ».
The 2020 holiday bonus
The holiday bonus 2020 it is a measure to support Italian tourism. The bonus reaches a maximum of 500 Euros and it is possible to use it to pay for tourist facilities.
Among the structures where you can book your holidays taking advantage of the Bonus there are:
- bed & breakfast,
The period of time in which the request can be made is from 1st July to 31st December 2020.
Traveling is very important for children and for the whole family: as the anthropologist explains Duccio Canestrini in a last interview for our son:
It is a unique opportunity to expose yourself to the unusual and it is a pedagogical moment, in the sense that it prepares you to make decisions and to face the challenges that life puts before us.
Furthermore, the journey builds indelible memories, strengthens family ties and stimulates the curiosity and intellectual abilities of the little ones.
Boredom in the summer is good for children
Alberto Pellai, doctor and psychotherapist of the developmental age, researcher at the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Milan, and Federica Mormando, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, explain that boredom is useful because it activates the child’s exploratory abilities as long as it is managed correctly.
Children should have something available, but not too many things, and preferably not many videos: they should be able to play freely in groups and freely by themselves, they should also have a useful task to be done within a certain time to be programmed by themselves in the day
The experts of the Italian Society of Pediatrics (SIP) list a few advice useful for organizing holidays with children.
In the vademecum we read that it is important, if possible, to involve children in the organization of the trip, but also to choose destinations suitable for their ages, to always be flexible because any unforeseen event can happen with children and travel organized bringing with them favorite toys, books, hygiene products and medicines.
If you are traveling with a baby, however, it is important to pay the utmost attention to the environmental, hygienic and sanitary conditions of the place where you intend to go.
There Italian Society of Neonatology suggests to choose safe and not too isolated places, to protect the very young from insects and from the risks of excessive heat, to hydrate them in the correct way. Here are a number of things to watch out for.
- Accessories to bring: diapers, useful items for travel and stay, hygiene products and much more.
- Organize the moments of the meal: Dr. Giuseppe Morino, head of the Clinical Dietetics Operating Unit at the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital in Rome, explains that up to 6 months it is perfectly fine to feed the baby with only milk maternal, while after 6 months and up to the first year of life you can opt for gods jars of ready-made baby food or mini jars with vegetable broth in which to melt the flour.
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