How to Have a Successful Family Vacation

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A family vacation is a time to bond with your loved ones, take a break from daily routines and explore new cultures, foods and activities. It is also a chance to create memories that can last a lifetime, and recent studies have found that it’s good for your health!

Family trips don’t have to be big and expensive to be meaningful, though. It is more important to have a positive, memorable experience together than the specific location or attractions you choose. With thoughtful preparation, planning and patience, any trip can be a great success.

It is also important to be realistic about what your expectations are for a family trip and make sure the trip is within your budget. Having a conversation with the whole family about this can help everyone be more mindful of their spending habits and have a better idea of what they are willing to contribute towards the trip.

For example, if you want to visit the iconic Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, you could help the kids fill their piggy bank over the year and host a garage sale to raise money for it, rather than asking parents to foot the bill. Older children can even be involved in planning their own tour of the destination by researching what’s there to see and do, which will teach them the value of saving for a special treat, as well as how to research destinations and attractions on their own.

While some parents may feel nervous about allowing their children to choose their own itinerary on a family trip, it can be an excellent way for them to practice self-sufficiency and resilience. Choosing an activity they are genuinely interested in can also help them stay motivated and engaged throughout the trip.

When it comes to booking excursions, it’s a good idea to book as early as possible to secure the best rates. Getting the kids involved in this can also help them decide what they are really keen to do and save parents from spending money on activities they don’t really want to do.

Having the right balance of activities can ensure everyone gets the rest they need and avoids feeling exhausted or overextended. Having some downtime days where the kids can relax by the pool or play on the beach can be refreshing for everyone. It is important to schedule in some couple’s time on the trip as well, so don’t be afraid to book some restaurant reservations just for you and your partner!

Soak in every moment of the vacation and encourage your kids to do the same. Some parents suggest putting together a memento package, or “treasure chest,” of items from the trip, such as ticket stubs, foreign candy wrappers and a jar of sand or dirt from the beach that was especially memorable. This can be a fun project for the kids and a great way to look back on the good times.