When you were single, a vacation was all about you and nobody else! If you wanted to take off for the weekend to the beach, you could! If you wanted to take a week off work and explore the opposite side of the country, you could. In fact, you could easily leave for a month and travel the globe!
Of course, the ability to do all of this went away when you started your family. However, this doesn’t mean that you are destined to live a vacation free life until all of your children leave the nest. It just means a little more creative thinking and planning with the tips below.
What Are You Waiting For?
Too many family vacations end up in disaster because they weren’t the ideal vacation in the first place. It was simply the only available option left. By booking so far in advance you cut the lines.
You know when your child’s school holiday periods are going to be, so why wait? Now is the best time for you to book a family friendly holiday for next year for two reasons. The first is that you can secure a heavily discounted rate by paying so far in advance which means you can spend more money on activities and souvenirs. The second, is that you can secure a vacation spot before it gets too busy and you are left struggling to find a place.
Take the Right Clothes
The last thing that a youngster wants to do is run around an island in jeans or hike through the wilderness wearing the wrong shoes.
Once you have decided on your destination, make sure that you all have the right and appropriate clothing. For example, if you live in a hot climate, grab some warmer clothes from the Groupon Coupons page for Hudson’s Bay before you visit a colder destination.
Similarly, if you expect to be doing any adventure type activities, such as hiking or canoeing, be sure that you pack the right comfort and protective gear.
Too often a hotel lobby is filled with a screaming child simply because a parent forgot a special blanket or the right kind of diaper. Or even worse, a baby crying on the actual airplane for the entire journey because of a misplaced pacifier.
Two weeks before you are due to depart, have your children take note of all of the items which they use each day. This could include their clothes, entertainment devices, charging cables, anything they use. Once they have it on a list, sit down and consider which items they will be taking on the vacation with them. As you are packing the night before, use this as a checklist to make sure that you don’t forget anything.
Just because you have children now doesn’t mean that you can’t explore the world and share those experiences with them! Take these tips on board and enjoy time away with your loved ones!