Travelling with family is amazing and it turns out it is not as scary and difficult as people think it to be. Family vacations and travelling is even more of a thing as people are not just single travel bloggers but also family travelers as well and they are kicking it off like a slice of cake, posting on family travel pictures and making everyone think of doing the same. Who doesn’t want to have their family vacation time to be worth their while, with the right tips on travelling with the entire family, any family can vacation without having to worry about it being a disaster.
Picking vacation places
It is important to take time selecting the right vacation location because believe it or not that vacation will be talked about for a long time after. Remember that this is not just a single or a couple vacation so ensure that you opt for places that has activities for everybody. If you have young adults as kids, they will want to have some alone time to explore their new location by themselves and without your help so don’t feel less valued when they ask to just go for a walk by themselves. There are cool family vacation packages that can point you in the right direction of where to go, but before accepting them, make sure you consider your pack and think what may be appropriate for them. Some amazing, tested and trusted locations are San Juan Islands, Chicago, Mexico and so on.
Think of family friendly accommodation packages
While this one may make anyone roll their eyes and think duh! It is important when searching for accommodation that you remember that it is a family vacation. Some lodges have family friendly packages that may be cheaper and more convenient for this kind of purpose, some hotels have a maximum number of people allowed in a room and since you know that you all are on a vacation together, there will be periods of family bonding. Think children safe lodgings, Airbnb is a cool place to get a family-fit cozy place. It is also worth it to rent up free rooms from locals for this one because the rules may be less stiff and more open to flexibility that a family vacation needs, also it will save some change to be used for other things.
Travel with first aid
We are all too familiar with a tale of a family vacation turned disaster because of one accident or the other that happened, maybe the five-year-old caught an allergic reaction or something like that. It is important especially when travelling with kids to have a first aid kit within arm’s reach just in case. Opt for smaller first aid packages that can fit into a carry around purse, something that contains a disinfectant even a hand sanitizer, a little bandage and some anti-allergens if it is the season.
It has been established that everyone may want to drift off and do their own thing at one point or the other during the vacation, and it is important that it is easy to get around and find the others at any time. For this, a map and location tracker might help a great deal especially if there is good network reception so that any member of the family can be found easily at any time and they can easily find their way back to the pack by themselves. Apps like family locator GPS tracker, Google maps, Hover watch etc.
Affordable travel tickets
When travelling with family things can get expensive real fast and for that it is good to save some money when you can. If it’s the holiday season, you will find a lot of travel packages for family that offers amazing discounts that can take some financial weight off the strain of high airline tickets. It is a good idea to book together so that every member may have a chance of sitting close to each other during the trip, you never can tell how much family puns and gossip can be shared during the trip.
While going on a trip as a group it is easy to lose things or to forget some of them because there is just so much luggage to pack and so much to keep tabs of. This process can be made easier by using a few family travel tips, tops as simple as making use of matching suitcases can save a lot of dilemma in keeping track of luggage. If you do not already have one, you should be thinking about purchasing a luggage suit so that each member may have one and you can easily spot your family bags even if they get mixed u at arrival or at departure. Another tip to making this easier is to assign responsible of luggage keep to family members, there is no reason that only one person should have to keep up with everybody’s stuff, a problem shared is one half solved so have everyone that have come of age share the responsibility of taking care of luggage.
Prep everyone for the trip
Except the intention is a surprise vacation it is wise to prep every member of the family beforehand and tell them about where they may be travelling to. Other than eliminating the disaster shock factor, it may be easy to leave out one or two extra detail on some extra consideration a member of the family needs for the trip and so letting them know will allow them do some preparation themselves. Prepping them is not difficult, you do not have to be a geography expert and pull out a map and start lecturing, all you have to do is tell them where they are headed, what kind of crowd they are expecting, what kind of weather and network reception.
Ask about children menus when you go to restaurants
Save the stress of paying for an adult meal when you have a table filled with children. Children menus are often cheaper than the adult menus and they are served in quantities that are children fit. Instead of having your kids leave a lot of leftovers that you are paying for, why not go for a children menu that they will love and make the most use of.
Don’t forget the top priority of the trip is to have some family time
Family you travelled for and family time you must have. Make it a rule that no individual leisure should come in the way of rocking some good old family time. Make a time table of you must and enjoy your family vacation. Family time is easier when spent over an activity, something like a hiking trip with the entire family, camping, enrolling for family art classes and cooking classes can make the travel time more fun and more family-ish.
Find feeding alternatives that do not always involve dining out
Dining out as a family is fun and fancy and can give time to sit calmly and discuss in a civil manner, but it can get pretty expensive very fast plus what about the fun in diversity. Some street food may be safe for consumption and find restaurants that may deliver meals that will be like home cooked meals so that you can get a feel of home away from home. If possible and especially when the accommodation option was a rental, you may find that cooking is possible, in this kind of scenario, take advantage of the cooking time to be about family. Think about when last the family ever has the time to fully participate in the preparation of a meal, everyone is probably too busy to have that time, well now it is vacation time.
Babysitting arrangements during the trip
Even though it is a family vacation, does not mean that the grownups do not want to have some alone spots to visit during the trip. Do not underestimate the importance of having some grownup time else the entire trip will be lost on the grownups and they may return home feeling just as stressed as they had left. Some parks may offer babysitting packages that can take off the burden of watching the children for a while during which parents can go off and rekindle their passions in privacy. These parks often have fun activities to keep the children busy while they wait so that it is not like they are just put somewhere sitting and waiting until the parents return.
Vacations are usually about being able to unplug and engage and a family vacation is not an exemption to this. However, it may be a recipe for disaster if you decide to totally cut everyone off, maybe a little distraction is not always a bad idea. What happens when the children get bored during the trip and they get tired of sleeping and they get anxious and restless, nobody wants to have restless kids. Technology can offer to be a good distraction in this kind of instance, a few games will keep them busy, just do not forget to have the batteries charged fully to accommodate the trip time.
Have a good financial plan
It is a terrible idea to be at a destination or a stop and not yet have a working way of paying for things especially when there are kids involved because there is a high chance that they will see something they like and want to buy. Whether with a cashless plan or not, it is important to get finances sorted out before taking off to avoid any unfortunate circumstances and being stranded. Also in addition to any cashless plans made, having some cash in your wallet is also a good idea. If the trip will require some stops in different countries, think of having some cash in the currency of those countries in case there is a need to purchase some things in a situation where a cashless system is not accepted. If any of the cash is not used during the trip you could always convert it when you return.
Give sometime to recover from all the travels
Everyone reacts to travelling in different ways, while a two hour flight may leave some exhausted, a seven hour flight might leave others unscathed and unbothered. It is important to put some recovery time into consideration when planning your itinerary so that you do not have to cancel out on some outings or leave anyone in bed while the rest of the family goes out to have fun. This extra time should be given for the round trip; for recovery from the trip and recovery from all the events of the vacation.
Plan for the destination weather
It is easy to underestimate how much a change in weather can affect health especially when the family is not used to travelling to such places. Ensure that the new weather is well prepared for with health and clothing. Do not get carried away packing heavy clothes when you are travelling from north to south. Good thing that weather apps are effective enough now to help anyone determine what exactly the climate is like anywhere even without being there. Look out for news that talk about what the weather is like there and know exactly what to do. If you must visit a doctor before the trip to check that you are healthy enough then by all means do.
In conclusion, travelling together as a family can be amazing when done the right way and when fully prepared for it, luckily these few tips will help make a trip friendlier for a family travelling together and even take care of things beyond just the trip. Apps are available to take care of families that plan to travel together to make sure that they have a beautiful time as well as companies and businesses that take off some of the stress.