Create screen-free time.
If there is one thing that will almost certainly dampen a desire to travel, its screen time. Numerous studies have shown that time in front of the TV, iPad, or DS, especially before the age of 2, can cause negative side effects in children, such as sleep problems, over stimulation, and a disconnect with parents. When those loud, vividly colored characters are filling your kid’s mind, there isn’t much need for creative thinking or imaginative play.
When I travel, I need to be able to think quickly, find creative solutions and in general be on my A game. Whether it’s entertaining myself for a 10-hour layover, explaining where my hostel is located to a cab driver when I don’t speak his or her language or getting the best price for mangoes at the market — being a thorough thinker is key to being a competent traveler. Nothing makes a brain sluggish quite like TV and/or tech devices.