It’s finally summertime! School is out, work vacations are on the calendar, and it’s time to get away with the entire family for some fun and relaxation. Nothing can beat the time you get to spend together while on a well-planned summer vacation. The key, however, is in the “well-planned.” After years of traveling with my family, some things are an absolute necessity for problem-free travel. It takes a lot of preparation and thought to ensure that your family vacation is fun and relaxing for everyone. Not sure how? Don’t worry, I’ve got some great tips to get you started.
Plan to Stick to a Schedule
We all like to stick to a routine at home, but often these schedules can be tossed out the window as we embark on our family vacation. Before you leave, think about your schedule and how you plan to stick to it. While bath time and story time may inevitably change during your trip, try to stick to the essentials like naptime and mealtime. Finding a balance between routine and vacation fun can be challenging! Don’t let it stress you out; allow for flexibility in your plans and look for the normal signs that your little ones need to rest or eat.
Family Friendly Accommodations
Planning your stay at the right hotel or resort can help you to keep the kids entertained, while providing some relaxation time for mom and dad as well. There are so many options to think about and you’ll be amazed at what you can find in a hotel! Check for playgrounds, indoor and outdoor pools, indoor water parks, onsite putt-putt golf, and kids club activities. When my family was planning our trip to the Island State, we chose a family friendly resort that was still rated amongst the best hotels in Honolulu. You don’t have to sacrifice quality to cater to your children. With spas, golf and a host of kid only activities, my husband and I were more than happy, and our kids ecstatic, with our choice.
Packing for Fun
Boredom is definitely one of the things you want to avoid for your family vacation this summer. Pack up books, travel games, tablets, music, beach toys, and portable a DVD player. Download apps, make sure everything is charged 100% and keep chargers and spare batteries handy just in case. I like to bring along a few new items as surprises on long road trips as these tend to hold attention longer. Of course, after you’ve planned (and paid) for your vacation, you likely wont want to break the bank with more toys. I am always surprised at how long a new box of crayons can entertain my little artists. And at 99 cents a box, you can’t afford to pass this up!
Know Your Destination
Research the surrounding area of the hotel or resort you are staying at to see what is close by. Bowling alleys (get a pair of bowling shoes), family-friendly restaurants, parks, movie theaters, and local attractions like zoos and children’s museums are some examples of fun things to do on your family vacation. Being able to walk to other locations or knowing about a free shuttle service will save you lots in cab fees and give you one less thing to worry about when you’re transporting your troop.
Kendra Thornton: Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and mama of 3. I am a long time travel expert who has been packing my bags and traveling the world since I was 3 months old! I’ve found my utmost desire in life is right here in my own home. I have taken my excitement for travel and brought it to you with some of my favorite travel tips and tricks. Enjoy!