Family vacations can be a great time to spend time together, make some amazing memories, do some amazing things, but they can go from dreamy to disastrous quite quickly, when the whole family is involved. It can be a balancing act from dealing with the demands of energetic toddlers to then temperamental teenagers. Throw in some exhausted parents into the mix and navigating it all can be a bit of a fine art. If you want to plan your vacation, and not feel like you need to have another vacation after it, then this is the post for you. So here are our top tips to ensure that your vacation is one that meets everyone’s expectations.
Choose the destination wisely
If you want to maximise your chances of having a vacation that is a mixture of fun, a well as restful, then you need to think carefully about everyone’s needs. For example, long-haul flights can being blazing sunshine and great experiences far from home, but with younger children, it could be something that is a massive challenge, even before you’ve got to your destination. Where as something like a spa break or a city break might be something that suits older children and adults, and young children would find it tough. So think about what you want to do and experience on your trip, as well as choosing the right climate that you’d enjoy, and the travel options that will work best for all of you.
Look for accommodation that suits you
When you are traveling with a family, there are many different options for your accommodation. Do you choose a hotel or villa? How about a vacation home or camping? It will depend on your destination, as well as the kind of holiday that you are looking for. For instance, if you prefer a luxury vacation where you can just relax and don’t have the pressure of cooking, then something like a hotel is more likely to be your preference. If you want home from home comforts, often better for families with children, then something like Airbnb might suit better. You can even use comparison sites for your accommodation when you travel to make sure that you can get the best deals possible. Your accommodation can suit your budget and prices so it can fit with what you need quite easily.
Get the kids to help plan
If you are involving all of the family in the planning of the trip, then it can mean that they have some accountability over what you have chosen to do. There can be less room for complaints from them if they chose to visit a certain destination or day trip. So why not get them involved in the planning process? You could get out a globe or map, and talk about all of the things that they want to see and the places that they would like to go to. Involving them will also get all of you, but especially them, excited about the trip, and hopefully, it will help to inspire a passion for exploring and travel when you need it.