Summer is the most ideal time to plan a family trip. Many families don’t even get the opportunities to plan trips like this, so when you do, it’s kind of a big deal. You will want to make the most of this trip, but you’ll need to be careful you don’t spend your life savings. Use these travel tips to help you.
Slow Down and Enjoy
A lot of people want to get through their itinerary so quickly that they don’t realise they’re missing everything. Make sure you take the time to actually slow down and enjoy your trip. With kids, it can be difficult to fit a lot of stuff in, so make sure you don’t overdo it. Bear in mind you’ll need to take breaks for the toilet, food, and maybe even naps. Don’t be unrealistic when you plan the kind of things you’d like to do or you’ll end up disappointed.
Work Out the Kind of Trip You’d Like to Have
There are different kind of trips you can have as a family. You might be the kind of family who would just like to lounge around in the sun, eat some good food, and relax. You might be the kind of family who’s always on the go, so you plan lots of hiking and adventure activities. Active families might want a break, and families who always relax might want the opposite. It all depends! Make sure you sit down and discuss these things so you’re on the same page and can book appropriate activities.
Pick a Child Friendly Hotel
Make sure the hotel you’ve decided on is child friendly. A hotel may say that it’s child friendly, but the reviews might say otherwise. Make sure you do your research and read plenty of reviews before you book one. Make sure you note down all of the facilities you’ll definitely need so you can be sure at the time of booking.
Set a Budget
Set a budget for the trip and allocate a budget for each day you’re there. However, if something spectacular presents itself, make sure you do it. Don’t travel for the sake of travelling; do some amazing things. Go to see a concert or eat at a posh restaurant. Treat yourselves and make the most of this time together.
Take Home Comforts
Sometimes, the kids might feel a little homesick. Just in case, take some home comforts with you. Take books, maybe some music, and a game or two. It all depends on how young they are, but it’s usually a good idea whatever stage they’re at.
Take Lots of Pictures
Take lots of pictures to remember your trip, but give your little ones cameras too. Seeing the trip from their point of view will be really interesting and make some great pictures for your family album!
Do Lots of Free Stuff
There will no doubt be a ton of free stuff to do, so make sure you add it into your itinerary. You’ll save lots on your budget!
Have an Open Mind
Many cultures will be different to your own, so make sure you travel with an open mind. Don’t criticize or turn your nose up at the way other people do things. You teach your kids to have an open mind too, which is always a good thing!