Clark Griswold may have been a crazy man, but he sure could’ve used our family travel tips when it came to their family vacations.
When you bust your butt (well, some people) working hard throughout the year, always going, never stopping, ensuring a smooth family vacation is something that you MUST have. Otherwise you will be excited to go back to work just to get a break.
Although the summer vacation time is coming to an end, family travel and the holidays are right around the corner and planning those vacations now along with spring breaks are always a smart way to go.
Therefore, we have listed Discount Florida Vacation’s top family travel tips and how to make sure your vacation is memorable, not disastrous.
We know all families differ in size, age, and such so these will be generalized and common sense tips anyone can use.
**Start planning early and make sure you use lists. If this is mom reading, then you know how important this tip is. This will also help you do things in stages, make sure you have everything, and you aren’t pulling your hair out just for vacation.
**Be sure you have tools to keep everyone happy. Airports have long lines and delays and driving can be wearing on any of us. Toys, games, videos, music, books, magazines, ipods, etc…
**Know your destination well. Are you taking small children to a place like Vegas where you plan on gambling the whole time? That personally doesn’t make much sense to me even though there’s a lot to do. Be sure there are things to do so that everyone enjoys each experience.
**Travel with all the latest gear. Update your luggage, be sure everything is in a safe, secure place, invest in a GPS unit (this will save you tons of time and headaches), and so forth. Traveling will be a lot more fun if it’s easy and you understand where you are heading.
**Take care of your home before you go. Items such as mail, pets (if they don’t go), a trusted person to watch for things, and more can help you relax without worrying about what’s going on miles and miles away.
**Don’t and I repeat, don’t take your work with you. This is time to enjoy family and quality time together. Personally, the only reason I go to work is for my family and to take care of them. The last thing I want to do on vacation (especially since you usually get paid), is work.
**Be safe. This is a no brainer, but we all know that bad things happen to good people. The more well-prepared you are, the better your vacation will be.
**Finally, have fun. Our biggest of the family travel tips is to have fun throughout the whole process. Get everyone involved. Get excited. There is nothing like vacation time and to make it memorable means enjoying yourselves!
This is just a start for family travel tips. We know how much fun going on vacation is and we also know the nightmares that can happen thereby ruining your once exciting trip. Just remember, no matter what happens, you’re still on vacation!!
Travel with kids needn’t be a hassle. In fact, it can be one of the best experiences you have as a family.
The key ingredients to a smooth trip when traveling with kids are to pay attention to their needs, and find the right balance between rest time and activities..
Bored and overtired children become cranky and frustrated kids in a hurry.
Whilst our style of travel has evolved throughout the years from being solo travelers, to a couple, and now a family travel, there are some core travel habits that have served us well, and we continue to follow them to this day.
Plan for a slower pace than you might usually attempt if solo or as a couple. Be realistic about what you can see and do when traveling with kids. Don’t try to cram too much into your itinerary.
The less you feel you have to see, the more enjoyable and stress-free for everyone.
For the most part, the pace of the trip should be set to what your youngest child can handle. Build into your agenda time for stops along the way for bathroom breaks, snack breaks, and nap time.
If you can avoid cranky children it will make for a much more pleasant family travel experience.
Determine Your Family Travel Preferences
Sit down with your family and discuss your ideas and interests. Memorable trips are those where each member of the family gets to experience something they love.
Talk about budgets, expectations, and how you can work with the dollars available to plan an exciting family trip.
Travel experts have found that the most successful family vacations are those that involve both parents and children in choosing destinations and planning for their trip.
Through these conversations, you will learn more about each other’s needs and find destinations and activities to suit the whole family.