After your last family vacation, you may have realized that travelling with the whole gang can pose some unique challenges. From packing stress to long car rides, bringing the entire family can be hectic. Thankfully, we know a thing or two about how to have the family vacation of a lifetime. We have put together our top tips to make sure your next holiday is as stress-free as possible and completely unforgettable.
Prepare for everything.
It's easy to get excited about an upcoming trip and forget to tackle the necessities. Don't overlook things like travel insurance, vaccinations and visas as they will help lay the foundation for a smooth trip. Make sure you research which sights you would like to discover, the costs associated with these excursions and how you will get there. This will help you with budgeting, hotel bookings and of course to have a good time.
You're on vacation, take it easy.
Vacations are all about getting that much needed R&R. If you're travelling with little ones, expect a slower pace. Build extra time into your itinerary to ensure you're not feeling rushed in between stops. Remember, you want to ensure everyone is having fun, so if you need to stop for whatever reason, make sure you do -- and who knows maybe you'll even get in that long overdue powernap.
Because two is better than one.
You teach your kids teamwork, so why not lead by example and make the planning process a family activity. This will not only ensure everyone gets to do something they want, but will also minimize the time it takes to plan your trip.
Did someone say Igloo?
Maybe you have never imagined staying in an igloo or calling a treehouse home, but that doesn't mean it can't happen. With over one million properties to choose from on our site you'll be sure to find one that's right for you and your family. Staying in an unconventional accommodation adds an extra element of fun for your kids and is sure to be an experience your entire family will always remember.
Make it personal.
Every family has different needs. Maybe you're planning to bring your dog or need a bassinet in the room, whatever the request, ensure your trip suits your family's needs. Consider getting in touch with your airline or accommodation before you arrive to help personalize your stay.
There's no place like home.
It can be difficult to be away from the comforts of your home. Don't forget to pack your child's favourite toy or pillow so they have it with them throughout the journey. If your kids are older, make sure they have something that will keep them entertained -- you can never really go wrong with a tablet. And for yourself, bring that book you have been trying to read for the last few years, it'll be the perfect time to unwind and dive straight into the novel.
Embrace the adventure.
Remember, this vacation is an adventure for the whole family. Something may go wrong but the important thing is to have fun and live in the moment. Keep memories alive and don't forget to take photos for that upcoming scrapbook project, it will be the perfect post-vacation family activity.
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