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Ten Tips to Make Your Family Vacation More Fun and Less Stressful
Many people believe that traveling with children is a vacation, but not a vacation.
21:34 28 December 2022
Many people believe that traveling with children is a vacation, but not a vacation. Let's be optimistic: Even though your days of lazy lounging may be over, you might find yourself having more fun if you are prepared.
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Here are my top 10 tips for family travel success:
Take a look at a hotel staycation
A local staycation is an excellent option if you aren't ready to take off with your children. They are great fun and you don't have to worry about getting lost. I would suggest that you choose a hotel with a pool that caters to families. Children love to eat breakfast in bed, so ensure a good kids' menu. The kids are welcomed with new stuffies even upon their arrival!
Prioritize Your Flight Times
Although it sounds simple, I am very strict about flight times. A flight that arrives at home after midnight will not be of any benefit, and a flight that arrives at the resort after dinner will only make children angry and HANGRY. It's worth the money to book a flight that has a decent departure and arrival time.
Snacks For Days
Always packing all my favorite snacks for my children when I fly/drive. Gummies, chips, crackers ... you name it! You could even have all their snacks in one backpack. I swear, it saved me many meltdowns on the move.
While an iPad is a great tool, you can also bring other activities along with you on your travel days. I often pack lots of paper to sketch, color, and use as markers, pencils, crayons, markers, and stickers. To surprise my passengers on the plane, I also buy new books.
Do not forget to download
Keep them entertained by downloading their favorite shows to keep them occupied even if they don't have internet. You can also upload new apps and games to keep them entertained! They love to cook!
Fail to plan + Fail to Plan
Although spontaneity is beautiful, I must admit that having a plan and an itinerary can help you avoid boredom and breakdowns when indecisiveness takes over. Make a plan for the day. Be clear about where you are going and how you will get there. Hungry children don't make for the best company.
Invite some friends
Our best vacations are those we go on with our friends who have kids around the same age. Because parents can have adult conversations and children have each other to play with, everyone has the best time. Win/Win! It's a win-win situation! We love The Grand Cana, Dominican Republic for all-inclusive family vacations!
It is important to do your research before you go on a trip. Ask your friends for recommendations about where to go and what you should do while you are away. You might be able to save yourself from a meltdown by getting real feedback about an excursion. You also don't have to do a lot of research!
It is my experience that if you have everything planned before you arrive at your destination, it makes you more prepared mentally for what's coming. You also have time to prepare for the day ahead. It is also important to allow yourself enough time for travel and kiddie activities.
Don't be obsessed with perfection
It is important to be present and enjoy your trip, even if it doesn't turn out as glamorous as you had hoped. There's beauty in chaos, and as I mentioned in the beginning, traveling with children is a great way to give them memories, exposure, and experience.