Panning a vacation that will please everyone in the family might seem a Herculean task, but choosing the right destination is the key. For a vacation to satisfy the family, a destination has to offer entertainment options and activities to amuse travelers of all ages, as well as a selection of dining and lodging that can accommodate groups. Some of the greatest values for the families can be found at all-inclusive resorts, which offer plenty of diversions and schedule flexibility. Here are a few tips to ensure that even the most daunting trip with family will be as smooth as the proverbial baby’s.
1. Pack light as well
Pack the bare minimum items because you can always buy it there. Whether you’re traveling for three weeks or three months, pack exactly the same. Spread out everything you think might need on the living room floor. Pick up each and every item and scrutinize it. Roll clothes and stuff socks and underwear inside the shoes. Wear the heaviest clothes on the flight. Encourage kids to choose and pack the own clothes to minimize complaints and to teach travel skills. If you’re traveling to multiple cities, that means you’re dragging everything you pack around for miles.
2. Slow Down
Plan for a slower pace than you might usually attempt if you are with family. Be realistic about what can see and do with kids in tow. Don’t try to cram too much into the itinerary. The less the feel you have to see, the more enjoyable and stress-free for everyone.
3. Avoid tourist traps.
Try to avoid the most touristy places, though of course you can’t avoid seeing the historical sights like the Colosseum in Rome or the Duomo in Florence. If you do go to highly touristed places, avoid the shops and restaurants that surround them. The majority of tourists have no trouble, especially those who take precautions and a wary of tourist traps. Don’t give the opportunists an opportunity and hopefully will find something more honest and useful to do. They are very expensive, bad quality, and aimed at the tastes of tourists instead of locals. Walk a 5-10 minutes to find something better.
4. Bring a Few Comforts from Home
Allow the children to bring along a few home comforts such as a stuffed toy, reading books, or a portable music player. Activity packs can be a lifesaver on the plane and car rides. Make one with the items such as coloring pencils and books, card games, board games, hand held electronic games, puzzles etc.
5. Have relaxation days
While exploring cities by foot is great, you need a longer break than an afternoon nap. So we’d have days where we lounged around on the beach or parks most of the day instead of sightseeing, it was a great way to recharge the batteries.