Surviving a Vacation with Your Kids

So I just got back from a vacation that I took with my family over the Labor Day weekend and I will be the first to admit that things didn’t go smoothly. From my son and daughter constantly fighting to a lot of the activities we wanted to do that were not available due to the holiday, this will certainly be a trip I’ll always remember. I love going on vacation with my family but there was something about this trip that made almost everything difficult. My kids are usually well behaved, but I don’t know if there was something in the water or maybe it was the heat, but they were definitely not being themselves. For those of you with kids, these are some things I recommend doing that can help you create a trip the everyone will enjoy.

One of the first things I would recommend for your trip to help avoid any meltdowns is to chose a destination that everyone will enjoy. I usually do this for my vacations but on this last trip, we decided to visit a destination my husband wanted to visit that unfortunately didn’t offer many activities for kids. As you can imagine, with there not being things my kids could do, they got bored very quickly, which lead to them being moody and fighting with each other. On most vacations I take with my family, I like to look for things that everyone will enjoy as well as finding certain things I know each of my kids would enjoy doing. I know that it can be hard sometimes to do this, as some destinations can’t make everyone happy, but there are simple things you can do like letting them pick which restaurants to eat at, as well as picking a hotel with a pool, so they can enjoy swimming in it after a long day.

If you are traveling during a holiday weekend like I did, I would recommend calling before you leave to see if anything you wanted to do is closed during this time. Most popular tourist attractions stay open during the holidays but there is a chance that they may be closed and if they are, you need to figure out what you want to do. For some reason on this trip, I didn’t do this and we drove nearly a hour to get to one of the activities we wanted to do and when we got there, it was closed. Another thing that you should consider doing as soon as you book your trip is to book any activities you want to do while on your trip. This is especially important if you are traveling during one of the peak travel seasons as it could sell out.

A third tip that can help you survive vacations with your kids is to not over do it with the activities especially if your kids are younger. I know that when you visit a new place, you want to do as many things as possible but doing to much can lead to your kids getting tired. What I like to try and do when going on vacation is to mix it up a little where on some days we go out and do different activities while on other days we stay closer to the hotel we’re staying at and try to have a more relaxed day. One thing you don’t want to do is wear your kids out on the first couple of days.

Going on vacation with your kids is always a fun experience and these tips can help make everyone’s trip more enjoyable.