Off to Lake Balaton: survival tips for parents on a road trip

Off to Lake Balaton: survival tips for parents on a road trip

Car trips with children can be a real challenge for parents, who have to cope with boredom, bickering and frequent pee breaks. However, if you prepare well, you can make the trip a lot more enjoyable. Below we’ve put together some tips to help you survive a car journey from Budapest to Tihany with your little ones.

“As soon as we got in the car, I knew it was going to be a long trip. My daughter was already complaining about the lack of WiFi when the car door slammed shut, and then at that very moment my son was spilling peanuts all over the back seat. My husband gave me a look that I knew exactly what he meant. But I was determined that whatever happened, I would get to Lake Balaton in one piece.”

On a trip like this, a lot of our energy goes into figuring out what to do to make the next trip go smoothly. But once we do figure it out, it can serve as good advice for all of us.

The first and perhaps most important thing to do is to prepare. Only put things in the car to distract the kids – board games and a tablet loaded with their favourite stories. Of course, snacks are also a must, as hunger only adds to the tension.

A positive attitude is also essential on car trips, especially when it comes to traffic jams, piss breaks or other problems. Don’t panic if you find the journey long or if the kids seem stressed, have fun instead! For them and ourselves. A good mood and a sense of humour can help to make the journey pleasant and avoid arguments and quarrels.

Road trips are a great opportunity to discover new styles of music and to teach your children your favourite songs. And even the least vocal can sing in the car, because no one will hear them.

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