Two Important Tips When Traveling with Family
It can be intimidating to get on your first plane ride with kids or long-haul car ride, or even just your first faraway destination. From experience, these are the two most important tricks I’ve learned before embarking on family travel:
1. Plan Ahead
I can’t overstate just how much planning ahead will help you when traveling with family and, especially, kids of all ages.
After you’ve booked your flight and figured out your destination, take some time to research your destination. Use our destination page to figure out the best activities in your destination, go to google, or turn to Rick Steve’s guide books if it’s Europe, or other travel books.
I find that picking out a few activities beforehand and booking them in advance, makes the trip that much more special. Do you want to go horseback riding on the beach? Do they take kids? Or plan for a picnic in a scenic spot or find a small, off-the-beaten-path hike that leads you to great views you would have missed otherwise.
Picking out a few activities beforehand and booking them in advance, makes the trip that much more special.
And don’t forget to plan a few meals. Especially with kids and how crabby they can get if they haven’t eaten, don’t be stuck in a city with no where to dine. Plan a couple of meals so you know you can rely on those spots and times. (If you’ve chosen to save money in a scenic location with a non-scenic hotel, for example, research a restaurant that has a view of that coast or castle and make a reservation!)
Trust me, you will be so happy you did your research. It can bring a great vacation to an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime vacation.
And it doesn’t matter if your vacation intent is to just lounge and relax. Research the best beach or the least crowded pools and you will be rewarded!
2. Then, Relax
After you’ve spent the months or weeks leading up to your trip, planning a few activities and meals out, it’s time to relax.
When you get to your destination, you can just enjoy where you’re at and look forward to what you’ve planned.
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