En Route: Seat children by the window, especially during takeoff and landing, so they can see what’s happening on the ground and in the sky. During the flight, keep kids entertained with snacks, stickers, coloring books, and small toys that don’t make noise (your fellow passengers will thank you!). Keep young children cozy with a sweater or sweatshirt that can double as a blanket. Bring an extra change of clothes for little ones who are prone to spills and accidents.
Kid-Friendly Destinations: International travel is a special way to show children the world and spark their sense of adventure. Consider the Caribbean or Europe, and don’t forget to apply for your child’s passport well in advance. RushMyPassport helps expedite the process and AAA members get discounted rates.
Aruba: Beautiful beaches and plenty of activities for kids
Greece: Historic sites and vibrant culture
Before You Go: Map your route ahead of time with AAA’s free travel planner TripTik. You can look up gas stations, EV charging stations, rest areas, hotels, campgrounds, and restaurants. AAA travel advisors say if you’re planning to stay overnight at a hotel on your road trip, book your room in advance to guarantee lodging. Check your tire pressure, oil, and battery. Pack water, snacks, and an emergency kit complete with a flashlight, blanket, and phone charger.
En Route: Hit the road early in the morning, while the kids are still sleepy and will likely fall back asleep when they get in the car. When they wake up, play music and sing family karaoke. Or try this game: tell older children to add up the license plate numbers on passing cars and see who can do it the fastest. Keep score and whoever “wins” 10 license plates gets a prize, likely getting to choose where you stop for lunch!
Kid-Friendly Destinations: Pack up the car and head to U.S. National Parks or drive north to explore the wonders of Canada.
National Parks: Stunning scenery and wide-open space to roam and explore
Nova Scotia: Ocean views, rolling landscapes, and outdoor activities
Before You Go: Not all cruises are created equal! Some ships cater more to adults or couples, so be sure to do your homework. AAA travel advisors can point you in the right direction and help you book a family-friendly cruise that meets your budget and needs. Travel advisors can also make sure you have connecting cabins if you’re traveling with a big family.
En Route: Once you’re on the ship, take advantage of kid-friendly activities on board, whether that’s the water park or movie theatre. One of the biggest perks is the kids club, where children can meet other kids, play games, and do arts and crafts while their parents enjoy themselves poolside or at the spa!
Kid-Friendly Destinations: Cruising is a great way for children to travel and see the world, while still getting to be playful and silly on the ship!
Alaska: Whale watching, glacier viewing, and adventurous shore excursions
Anywhere in the World: Venture outside your comfort zone and sail to Africa, Asia, or Australia!