Family vacations are the perfect way to bond as a family and provide beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. The importance of family vacations has proven to be some of the most memorable experiences of a child’s life, especially when they go to a resort or even if you get a vacation rental for just the family.
Knowing how to plan a family vacation will not only create a happier family but could also teach your family certain life-lessons that they will not get back at home.
In fact, a recent survey discovered that adults who traveled as a family between the ages of 12-18 ended up having better grades and higher incomes than those who did not travel.
Planning the perfect family vacation can be difficult especially if there are children of different ages with different interests, and you do not want to break the budget.
Keep on reading to learn how to plan a family vacation, so you can create those perfect, everlasting memories.
1. Make a List of Where You Want to Go
Vacationing with the family is the main goal, however, including the family in the planning will also provide amazing memories. This provides you the opportunity to work together as a team and leaves everyone like they were an important part of the decision making.
Sit down as a family with a big piece of paper and start jotting down family destinations that you all want to experience. Then make it a game as you start the process of elimination, crossing out the least favored places and opting for the most popular destinations within the family.
2. Do Your Research
After you have decided on the destination, it is time to do some research! Delegate each family member to research certain parts of the vacation such as:
- Hotel or Airbnb costs and locations
- Cultural Experiences
- Things to do and see
Read a travel blog, make a list and plan your budget from the information you have seen, then it is time to start planning some more!
3. Know What to Pack
Part of the vacation is experiencing the food and culture, however, if you have some picky eaters in the family, it is vital that you bring some snacks from home.
Another packing tip is to bring games and other activities for stimulation. The last thing you want to deal with is whining, bored children!
4. Be OK with a Change of Plans
Sometimes when traveling, everything doesn’t always seem to go as planned, there may be missed flights, canceled excursions, or disappointing experiences.
If this happens, take a deep breath, and work together as a family to overcome this, figuring out a plan. This is all part of the adventure, and a perfect way to teach your children how to deal with the road bumps that we experience in life.
Studies show that over 44% of Millenials are planning family vacations, which is much more than 39% with Generation X. This is because parents are catching on to the incredible learning experiences that traveling provides for their children.
5. Have Fun!
You have done all the necessary hard stuff (planning and paying) that got you to this point. Now it is time to relax, enjoy, and create some long-lasting memories as a family.
Learn More About How to Plan a Family Vacation
Knowing how to plan a family vacation is the most important part of the entire vacation itself. So take your time to do the research and you (and your family) will thank yourself later.
If you would like to learn more travel tips like these, keep checking the travel section of our blog for more!