Tips for taking a family vacation
With Spring Break in full effect for some already, that means kids are out of school and there will be a lot of families going on vacations. For me and my family, this year we’ve decide to go on a beach getaway to Los Cabos in Mexico. We’ve been there are a couple of times before and it has always been a place where the kids really enjoy themselves. If you have ever been on a family vacation with multiple kids and a husband, you know how it can sometimes be difficult to travel. Going on vacation was always easy when it was just you and your significant other but when you throw kids into the mix, for some reason it is never easy and there always seems to be something that pops up that gives you problems. If you are going on vacation with your family for Spring Break or are looking to book a trip for the Summer, these tips could help you.
One of the first things you need to do when planning your family vacation is picking a destination where everyone will enjoy themselves. If your kids are anything like mines, they most likely have different tastes and enjoy doing different things. If you decide on a destination that only has things to do for one kid, let me tell you from experience that this could absolutely ruin your trip as your other kid will not enjoy themselves and will make sure you as well don’t enjoy it. What you should try to do is look for places that offer a lot of different activities where everyone will enjoy themselves.
Another thing that you should try to do when planning your family trip is to do as much research about the destination you’re visiting beforehand. One of the things that you should be looking for are activities that you can try out while on your trip. You can only lay out by the pool or on the beach for so long until it starts getting old. Most popular vacation destinations offer fun activities to do that not only your kids will love but also allow them to get to learn more about the local culture. Usually when we go on our trips, I like to plan at least one day where we go visit a local museum and see more of what the destination has to offer.
If you are traveling with younger kids, an important thing to do is always plan for accidents. When I pack for my kids, I always make sure to bring extras of everything as well as baby wipes as there always seems to be spillages or other problems while on our trips. For some families that don’t prepare for the worse, they can expect to take a hit to their wallet if there are any accidents as usually everything is more expensive at the resort. It is important that when you begin packing, you are well organized so you don’t forget anything that will be needed. What I like to do a couple weeks before I start packing for everyone is working out a list of things that needs to get packed and then crossing them off the list when they are added.
On the day of your flights, you need to make sure that you arrive to the airport early. For my family, I make sure that we’re at the airport at least 2.5 hours before our flight as it is never easy checking everyone in. It seems like for us the most difficult thing is getting through the security check line. With having to take everyone’s shoes off as well as making sure we take off our belts, a majority of the time it takes us at least 30 minutes to get through all of this and then getting everything back on.
These are some simple tips to consider when planning your vacation. Even though it’s never easy to getaway with the family, remember that you’re going to have fun when you get there and make great memories for your kids.