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If you are thinking about or preparing to go on a family trip, you most likely have a lot to consider. Packing up our family of five, alone, is a chore, which is why any trip we take is carefully planned. I’m not talking about planning a detailed itinerary for your trip. Whether a three hour road trip or a plane ride to Disney, I have found preparing before the trip guarantees a successful family trip.
One thing that can ruin a trip is stress. Traveling, especially with children, will inevitably bring unpredictable moments, but there are some easy ways to minimize stressful situations. Avoid stress by:
Planning ahead of the trip
Packing early and lightly
Looking for savings for every aspect of the trip
Getting work-related projects or house cleaning completed far in advance
How to Prepare for a Successful Family Trip
Where should you go?
Maybe you’re visiting grandma’s house or maybe you’re traveling across the country. Either way, you’ll want to choose a destination that will provide something for the whole family. (Sorry, that really romantic resort will have to wait until another trip.) Obviously a desired traveling time to your destination and trip budget will also help determine where you’ll go.
Where are you staying?
Should you stay at a hotel, resort, vacation home, or use a service like Airbnb? I typically go the most affordable route, but it also depends on our destination. Having a vacation rental is great, especially for large families, because you can cook as much as you’d like and the kids can make plenty of noise without disturbing other guests, like they would in a hotel. However, hotels are nice when cleaning up after yourself or the family isn’t making your to-do list.
What will you eat?
Once I figure out where we are headed and what type of accommodations we’ll have I start research on the best local eateries. For me, it’s not a great trip unless I have eaten well, maybe gaining a pound or two. Thankfully, social media is perfect for finding the non-franchised restaurants that fits your family’s eating needs.
Where will you play?
Whether you like to stay on-the-go during your vacations or just relax, you’ll have to find something fun for the kids to do. The last phrase we parents like to hear is, “I’m bored.”. Look for local major attractions, free museums and parks, and kid-friendly restaurants to help the kids enjoy the family trip. Don’t forget to look for discounted admission!
Trips are for creating memories so if you forget everything I’ve mentioned above, at least remember to have fun! Things can be planned “to the T” but it won’t be a great trip without fun and love.