Vacations should be a fun and relaxing time, but planning a family vacation and traveling with kids can be stressful. The key to success is to keep your days packed with fun things and to make sure that the trip is organized, so everything runs smoothly. Below are some tips to help you have a relaxing and stress-free family vacation.
Choose a great destination
The first step to planning a family vacation is to choose a great destination. There are plenty of options available – from beachfront resorts to historic cities and idyllic islands. Do some research online and find a family-friendly destination that will have lots of things to keep the kids entertained. You also need to decide how far you want to travel – if your kids are really young, or it’s your first family vacation, then it may be best to choose somewhere closer to home, rather than opting for a long haul flight.
Find kid-friendly accommodation
It’s super important to pick a kid-friendly place to stay on your vacation. All-inclusive resorts tend to be a great option for families because everything is right there. You don’t have to worry about finding restaurants, driving to a pool or beach, or searching for entertainment, as it will all be within the complex. Make sure you check whether the hotel has kids’ programs and babysitting services. Some resorts are amazing if you’ve got a baby. They offer things like bottle warmers, extra diapers, and even a nursery so certified staff can watch your little one while you hit the spa!
Decide how to get around
You need to think about how you’re going to get around once you reach your destination. Trying to navigate public transport with young children can be stressful so it might be a good idea to rent a car as this will give you the freedom to go where you want on your trip. You can get the best rates by searching around for deals and booking well in advance. Try to take your own car seat if you can, as many rental companies charge an additional fee for this service. You can search for cheap international car rentals here.
How to prepare for a flight
If you need to fly to reach your destination, then prepare beforehand to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible. If you’re traveling with a baby, then make sure to take a baby carrier to make it easier for your child to sleep when going on those long walks through the airport, and settling in-flight. When traveling with toddlers or young children, the most important things is to bring plenty of things to keep them entertained. Pack quiet toys such as mini cars or coloring books. You should also stock up on healthy snacks to keeps kids mouths and hands busy. Crackers, yogurt, and fruit are all good options.
Have a holiday countdown
Kids love a good countdown! Share the excitement with the whole family by counting down the days to your family vacation. Make a countdown and put it where everyone can see it, so the kids can get excited about the holiday but won’t keep pestering you and asking how long until we go! They’ll get excited just imagining all the fun things coming up on their vacation.
This is a guest post by Steve Conway, a techie by profession and a passionate traveler who loves to soak up the sun, swim in azure waters and explore far-off destinations that hold the promise of great adventure.