Traveling consists of coordinating flights, booking a place to stay, planning activities, sticking to budget, packing appropriately for each family, etc. You get the picture. It can be stressful, but I promise, you can prevail! You can make trips with the family fun for everyone. Here are 8 tips to make sure your time with your family is successful!
Ask an Expert
Sometimes it's hard to make arrangements on your own. But don’t worry! If you are feeling doubtful there are people such as tour operators within cities that can help you figure things out. Another helpful tip is asking someone within a Travel Agency to help give you good pointers on your destination.Make sure you inquire about group rates and other discounts for large families. You’re not alone in this!
Save money, make dinner
Going out to restaurants can be an easy way to make everybody happy, except your wallet. Making a meal or two can be a great way to save money and can be a fun activity for everyone! The internet provides millions of unique recipes that your family will love. So grab some new ingredients and get grandma, grandpa, and the kiddos cookin’!
Alright let’s be real guys, a big problem with multigenerational travelling is pleasing everybody. Some people may want try out a new ride while others want to go the souvenir shop and browse around, that’s ok! Don't be afraid to take advantage of that to spend quality time with certain family members. Make a game of it! When everybody gets together later that evening go around the table and tell what the other group did and what your favorite part of the day was. The family gets to have some good laughs and everybody had a good time.
Look for family deals
UTILIZE FAMILY TRAVEL DEALS. I can't stress this enough. Travel agencies like Faith&Faimily Travel partner up with cruise ships, disney resorts, and others to help you save on your family vacation. Be sure to take advantage of this, trust me, you will thank me later.
Make a plan
One of the biggest mistakes you can make while traveling with the in-laws and your kids is not having a day-to-day plan. No plans means no direction, which can lead to disagreements, which could lead to a stinky time. And nobody wants that. Get together with everyone before you leave and have a game plan for each day.
While you should always have a plan when traveling, be sure to be flexible as well. Nobody likes a stickler, so be sure to take that into consideration and be ok with making a few changes in the plan if you need to.
Seriously guys. Get out there, have fun, and don’t be afraid to try new things! You're never too old to try something new and exciting. Try out snorkeling, hiking, or maybe snowboarding! Get out and try something that's new to all of you!
Disconnecting our modern world today, it’s easy for us to get away on vacation but forget to get away from the social media world.Make sure you are being a leader and disconnect from work or friends to be fully present with the family. Encourage other family members to do this as well. Be together and enjoy the time while it lasts!
Whether you go to Disney World or take the family to the Swiss Alps, if you plan wisely you can create treasured moments to store away for years to come.
Thoughts from the intern,
Are you a bookworm or more of magazine page flipper?
I love to read, and I go in spurts of reading. The whole kids, homeschooling, after school tutoring, and household managing thing might have something to do with my reading dry spells, but if I haven't read anything in a while I get a hankering for a good book.
I have always loved historical fiction, but as I was thinking about this blog topic I noticed that many of my favorite novels have dynamic settings that have inspired my travel.
This next part might give away my nerdy historical book secret away, but hang with me. One of my favorite authors is Edward Rutherford. He writes epic novels which focus on a specific place. His stories carry the reader through tens of thousands of year of history and I love them. He sets the stage by introducing the reader to a handful of character families that live in the chosen area of his book (Ireland, New York, Russia, Paris), and then each chapter follows the lives of these families through generations of history and how the families' lives intertwine. What attracts me to Rutherford's writing, and keeps me going back, is the way he builds the city of the setting up over each chapter, making history come alive for me. This was especially true when I read The Princes of Ireland and then the continuing story: The Rebels of Ireland. So much so, that it helped inspire my 10 year wedding anniversary to Ireland.
When my husband and I got off the plane in Dublin and started exploring that amazing city, I felt like I already knew it. Visiting Trinity College and strolling along the River Liffy brought back characters and events and totally enriched my experience.
So what about you? Do you have an inspirational book that lead to a great adventure? Here are some links to get you started.
17 TRAVEL BOOKS FOR EXPLORERS, DRIFTERS, AND PEOPLE WHO DON'T MIND GETTING LOST
20 Books That Will Inspire You to Travel
And what about the kids? This infographic makes me so happy because it allows children to see that even fantasy and fairy tale comes from the beauty of real places. Click on the picture to see the full graphic with many kid's stories.
Kids Are a Trip is a blog that has book picks for Ireland, Spain, France, and Italy for kids and parents alike.
Tell me about your inspirational books and let us help you plan your next adventure!
Happy roving (and reading!),
Traveling with little ones can seem like an intimidating task. You want them to enjoy themselves and you want to get the most out of your trip. When planning a visit to a family attraction with young children, it's important to remember that it's the little things that the littles like. Think Christmas as a good parallel: big fancy new toy, and what do they play with all day? The box. Big attractions, like Disney World, are the same way. Just take this picture for example:
I adore this picture of my son on the carousel with his Papaw. His unbridled joy and enthusiasm make me smile every time I see it. He rode that carousel four times. He just couldn't get enough of it. Little ones like repetition. At your average mall or park carousel, you might expect to pay a few bucks to ride on the colorfully decorated steeds, but we rode this particular carousel at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World. And at the end of an action packed, fun filled day when we asked, "What was your favorite? The jungle boat ride? Buzz Lightyear? Peter Pan?", it ended up being the carousel that made his eyes sparkle and his face light up.
As you plan your travel with little ones, don't forget to budget in some time to slow down and hit the simple stuff. Between museum visits, city tours, and flashy amusement parks, schedule a stop to run in a grassy park or a splash in the fountain. You'll see your littles come alive as they relax, release some energy, and relish in the simplicity of their world.
Here's one more, just for giggles. Head thrown back, couldn't be happier. We all need to bring that childlike joy to our attitudes when we travel (or when we're just at home too, right?).
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