A friend posted the following question on Facebook: “Are you or do you know of a family who likes to travel with their 6-14 year-old children and likes to show them various landmarks and/or places of historical significance? I’d love to ask you a few questions about your experiences and challenges of traveling with kids.”
I thought that my answer might be useful to readers so I’m posting it here:
About 1.5 years ago I helped take a group of kids age 7-12 around Israel and Jordan. One mother would nag at her 11-year-old to pay attention. “This trip was expensive. You have to appreciate every minute.” She would get upset if a group of three kids would want to play an iPad game while on a 1.5-hour car ride through boring boringly-lit (mid-day sun) desert. I thought it was more reasonable to let the kids do whatever they wanted in transit and save their attention for the actual sights. I think it helps to have a larger group with more kids so that they can have fun with each other at night and in transit.