In the March 2010 issue of Good Housekeeping, supermodel and world traveler Tweetie de Leon-Gonzales shares that she loves to take her children with her on vacation. This mother of four—her children are Sabina, 13; Lorenzo, 12; Nicolas, 9; and Alfonso, 5—reveals that her passion for traveling is one she hopes to pass on to her offspring. “When you’re young, traveling is really just as exciting if you’re going to Europe or even just to Davao,” says Tweetie. “But what makes travel fun for someone who is young is really the company.”
Here are a few kid-friendly travel tips from the jetsetting mother of four.
MAKE LONG-LASTING MEMORIES.
Tweetie suggests that you fill the trip with many unforgettable memories so that it leaves a great impression in the minds of your young ones. “I’d like to form as many memories with my children as I can,” she says.
FACTOR IN EDUCATION.
It is also important that you let your children learn as much as they can about where they are visiting. Looking up the culture or historical background of a place always makes the travel experience richer. Tweetie shares, “As a young girl, I would read about many places. But going there—it’s really different... and I’d like to do that with my kids.”
SIMPLE TRIPS ARE BEST.
Forget overly planned, high-maintenance trips—these will only backfire in your face. As a mother, Tweetie knows that children are pretty much straightforward, requiring only some sun and a whole lot of fun. “That’s what I love about kids; they’re very easy to please. With them, it doesn’t have to be a very sophisticated kind of trip.”
BOND WITH YOUR BROOD AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN.
At the end of the day, you go on vacation with your kids so you can spend time together as a family. Sneak in spontaneous heart-to-hearts with each child so you can catch up on his or her latest accomplishments and future dreams. Tweetie does this whenever she accompanies her husband on business to Hong Kong: “I go with my husband, but every time we go, we bring a child with us. It’s our opportunity to bond.”
Read more about Tweetie and her travels in the March 2010 issue of Good Housekeeping, out now.
(Photo by Sara Black, from Good Housekeeping, March 2010)