Family vacations are fun and great for building memories, but they can be stressful.
It’s easy to get into arguments over little things when you’re sharing a small space for a few days. Spending every waking moment together is an emotional ticking time bomb.
But it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of small things you can to do mitigate a disaster and have a harmonious holiday. So, here are a few of the best tips to ensure your family vacation goes smoothly down memory lane.
1. Traveling with Family: Before the Trip
Before you and the family set off on your adventure, there are a few things to cover before you go.
Booking a vacation is no easy task, especially when it’s for a big group. When it comes to booking everything, get the family together to discuss it.
Find out where everyone can agree to go, for how long, and what you want to do.
Assign each member of the group a different task. Have one person arrange the hotel. Have another arrange the flights. Have another arrange airport transfers.
Check and double check that the dates are right and that everything is within budget.
Sharing responsibilities this way helps to lessen the burden from one person having to do it all. If one person gets saddled with arranging everything, they are likely to get stressed. Travel planner apps like Google Trips help keep everything in one place and easy to manage.
By taking on an aspect of the vacation planning, you help get it off to a great start.
2. During the Trip
So, you’ve finally touched down and you’re ready to start enjoying this family holiday. What do you do from here?
When traveling in a group, there’s always someone who has a planned itinerary. It can drive you crazy having everything planned by the minute.
Of course, it’s a good idea to have a loose plan for each day. But keep it that way and allow time for any last minute changes.
While this is a family vacation, you don’t need to spend every waking moment together. Being around each other 24/7 is the perfect breeding ground for arguments.
Instead, make sure you split the group up every now and again. Go to different events and meet for lunch instead of all doing the same thing. Get mom and dad to go on a date night. Book a separate hotel room if your budget can afford it.
Another great idea is to create a group chat on an app like Whatsapp. This lets everyone stay in touch so you don’t feel inclined to spend every moment together. You can send location pins so nobody gets lost and stay safe.
Also, make sure you listen to the kids’ suggestions. They may want to do something you don’t want to, but it’s their vacation too and they deserve to enjoy it. Upset kids are no fun to deal with, so keep them happy and you’ll all be happy.
3. Prevent a Meltdown
Now that you’re on vacation, the last thing you need is a falling out of epic proportions. It can be so easy to butt heads with family while on vacation, so it’s important to mitigate any clashes calmly.
A top tip is to remember snack and nap breaks. If you’re having busy days trying to fit everything in, it can be easy for everyone to get cranky.
Make sure that everyone packs snacks and water, because being hangry is a very real thing. If people are feeling worn down, head back to the hotel for a power nap. This is why it’s important to have a loose schedule, make time for lunch or nap and everyone is a winner.
4. Treat Yourself
Going on vacation with the family isn’t all about keeping everyone else happy. You’re there to have a good time too!
Make sure that you make some time for yourself each day and be sure to treat yourself.
Take yourself out for breakfast or coffee on a morning before everyone gets together. Having an hour or so of ‘me time’ is an important step in enjoying your trip properly. Bring a book or sit and people watch, just take a minute to yourself before the day begins.
Also, if you can afford it, treat yourself! Take yourself to the local spa treatment or buy something nice, you deserve it. Just don’t go overboard, you don’t want to be out of funds the first day in.
5. Make Some Memories
Most importantly, make some memories while you’re away.
It can be hard to get the family all together sometimes and who knows when the next time will come around. Don’t sweat the small things. Spend time with family members you don’t see often and let them know you appreciate them.
Don’t buy souvenirs, take photos instead. Photos are the perfect way to look back on this time together so take lots of them. Time together gets more precious the older we get.
Traveling with Family Without Stress
To make the most of your next family vacation, bear these tips in mind.
Taking this advice on board is a sure-fire way to remove any stressful situations. Keep calm, remember to separate every now and again, and have fun!
Remember, your family is a team. You should all be looking out for each other and help to take away any burdens from them, and they should do so in return.
It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling with family to Europe or to the next local city. Family vacations are about who you’re with, not where.
Also, remember that not everything will go according to plan and allow for any changes that come your way. Roll with the punches, go with the flow and don’t hold any high expectations. This will be a vacation to remember.
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