Let's be honest, video games and traveling don't always go together. But before you say no to Pokemon Go, you should know that there are several ways Pokemon Go can enhance your family vacation. Read on to see why Traveling Moms across the country are just as excited as their kids to “Catch ‘Em All.”
You may be sick of hearing about Pokemon Go or, like me, you may be just as excited as your kids are. While the app has only been available for less than a week, it's already a huge hit. Before you dismiss it as just another video game, check out these reasons why Pokemon Go may be just what you need to bring your family vacation up a level.
1. It's A Lot of Fun
The reality is family vacations should be fun. Whether you are checking out new cities, hiking in the country or even strolling through Disney World, all that walking can sometimes get to your kids. I've learned that the more distracted my kids are, the more we get to see and explore. Enter Pokemon Go. We played tourists in our own city on Sunday and found some incredible pieces of art, museums we hadn't yet explored and playgrounds we didn't know about using the app. In total, we walked over six miles without complaint and had a blast together as a family.
2. It's Free
Budgeting a family vacation is tough and sometimes activities are just too costly. That's why Traveling Mom loves to help you find free things to do in cities across North America like New York, Toronto and Houston. Pokemon Go is free to download and works across the globe. New to a city? Why not open the app from your hotel lobby and head out to explore with your kids? The Pokestops in the game (depicted on the map as small blue squares) tend to be historic churches, cool art installations, independent shops and funky restaurants. To save on data, close the app while you explore what you've found and then open it again when you are ready to move on.
3. It's Exercise
Eating healthy and getting exercise can be tough for families on the go. While we mostly rely on pools to burn off energy, a few days ago we tried Pokemon Go instead. Both my kids walked over three miles after dinner, laughing and running around parks looking for more Pokemon. Trust me, your FitBit numbers will be sky high after using the app.
Pokemon Go is a hit for a reason. It's a lot of fun to play and the perfect excuse to get outside and explore new places. Remember that the different types of Pokemon, like Grass and Water, live near or in their elements, so grab a map of your own city or wherever you are headed next and head out to catch 'em all.