While riding the open top bus on his recent London trip, Thomas Moore III noticed a family with two young children that stood out to him. As founder of London Connection vacation apartments, he has traveled to London hundreds of times. In fact, he bought his first London flat to accommodate traveling with his family.
So what was it about this family on the bus that caught his attention? These children had been prepared in advance for what they would be seeing. They delighted as they passed each site they had learned about while still at home. When approaching the Tower of London, they squealed with anticipation, "Look, it's the Tower where we will see the jewels!"
Yes, the Moore family traveled to London, and now Thomas Moore IV is taking his children (one at a time) to see the fabulous sites he also loves. It's no wonder this family business has continued for over 35 years and now offers almost 50 flats to their London guests. Here they are, the next generation!
Creating memories as a family is one of the best investments you will ever make. Yes, the planning will increase and some of the activities may be limited. But when you travel with children, you have the opportunity to see London in a whole new way. As you point out items in a museum to a child, you will find their excitement is contagious.
If you will have more than one child traveling with you, they will most likely be different ages. You need to have a plan that will accommodate the interests of each one. London has such a range of fabulous family activities. With some thought ahead of time, everyone will be able to LOVE THIS ADVENTURE.
Half of the fun of any vacation is in the planning. Don’t forget to involve the children in this part of the process. When each of my children chose which crop to oversee in our family garden, they felt ownership and took pride in their produce. They planted, weeded, and picked their row. One daughter chose to sell the pumpkins she grew door-to-door from her little red wagon, and made a tidy sum (especially for a 7-year-old). The same principle applies to family travel.
Give your children a chance to research, plan, and choose at least one activity of which they will be “in charge.” The chance will increase that they will have a more vested interest in the entire trip. We have a suggested Family-Friendly Itinerary that will give them a place to start. The possibilities are endless! You might even be surprised how when it is time for their chosen activity, they will ask you to put away your smart phone and give your full attention — REALLY!London Connection property, 3-12 West Street
And of course, you will enjoy one of the London Connection vacation apartments that will welcome your family. You will have your own kitchen, separate bedrooms and baths. No hotel hallways separating you from your children. You will sleep soundly at night, knowing they are safely under your same roof.
We hope to see your children next time we are on the open top bus, pointing and delighting in the views of London. Have a wonderful trip and feel free to contact our office with any questions. +1 (801) 393-9120 or SheilaF@LondonConnection.com