A family vacation is when a family comes together to share a wonderful travel experience; to create memories that will last a lifetime. Sometimes, it works out that way. And sometimes you have travel memories you’d like to forget.
“Are we there yet?”
“I have to go to the bathroom!”
How many times have you heard those phrases while you’re speeding down the highway in your SUV or RV with the entire family? What about when you’re 30,000 feet in the air?
Let’s face it; taking the family on vacation can be an adventure in and of itself. Please everyone and you’ll have an enjoyable family vacation.
Have a meeting about your family vacation
Before you surprise your family with a family vacation, hold a meeting to discuss it instead. Hear and listen to what your kids have to say about ‘suggested’ family vacation destinations.
Teenagers may not be thrilled to travel during the summer if they look forward to attending summer camp. Toddlers may not be ready for whitewater river rafting.
Ask everyone for their feedback. Hint: This shows your children that you care about what they think and feel.
Once you’ve gathered the data, choose a family vacation destination that receives the entire family’s seal of approval.
Ask family members to write (help younger kids with this) down their “top 7 vacation destinations”
This piggybacks on Point #1 about holding a family meeting about your vacation. Asking all family members to write down their top 7 travel vacation destinations is a good way to see where everyone would like to go on vacation.
Review all of the selections and narrow it down to the best location for your vacation. Keep the list of vacation destinations for next year, or plan a vacation over the holidays when kids are out of school.
Request travel brochures and guides
You can get plenty of family vacation ideas from travel brochures and guides. Most travel websites such as GuestQuest.com offers free travel brochures and guides. With a click of a button, you’ll have plenty of travel information that will help you find the best family vacation for everyone.
Speak with relatives and friends
Speaking with relatives and friends is a great way to discover a family vacation that will please everyone. Ask questions such as:
- Where did you vacation last year?
- Did you stay at a hotel or resort? Other accommodation?
- How ‘kid friendly’ was your vacation destination?
- How ‘pet friendly’ was the lodging?
- Did you have a good time?
- How much did it cost?
Read online travel reviews
TripAdvisor provides readers with reviews of vacation destinations along with ratings for accommodations. Reading reviews about family vacation destinations can help you plan yours. But, it’s important to read reviews with a keen eye. One family may have had a terrible experience, while another had the time of their life. This is where your ‘mother or father’s intuition’ kicks in. Follow your gut instinct.
Always choose the family vacation destination that’s best for you and your family. Use the above tips as a guide to planning your next family vacation. Whatever you do … have a fun family vacation. Bon voyage!
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