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Make Your Next Family Vacation Enjoyable With These 7 Tips

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A great family vacation is one where everyone can enjoy themselves and let their hair down. It is a time where loved ones can come together, spend quality time, and make memories. Instead of coming away from your next trip feeling tired and uninspired, here are some tips to make sure your holiday is fun and memorable. 

1. Ensure that everyone can join in

Ensuring that everyone can join in is the number one tip. If people have fears or inabilities, then they may not be able to join in with every activity. Instead, ensure they can join in by planning a family vacation with the right equipment and activities in mind. 

For instance, if a family member has a disability, they might often be left out with pool games and swimming. Instead, you can use pool wheelchairs to make holidays more comfortable and convenient. No longer will your loved ones have to be restricted from using the pool. Instead, they can join in with you and cool down during a hot day.

2. Don’t make the trip too long

Although going on a family vacation for three weeks might sound like a great idea, it might be too long and make it boring. The children might get bored, especially if you want to spend a week of the trip lounging around in the sun. 

Making the trip the right length will ensure to keep everyone engaged and having fun. There is nothing worse than getting bored of a location and wanting to be at home. Sometimes the shorter trips are the most memorable and you often cram more in and want to extend it. 

If you are going on a beach trip, 10 days is a great time and as a week sometimes isn’t long enough. For city breaks, 3 nights is a good amount of time to see the sights and relax.

3. Choose the right accommodation

The accommodation is an essential part of the trip to get right. You will want to make sure it is convenient and comfortable for all of the family. It is where you rest and recuperate your energy, so you will want to make sure that it has comfortable beds and can offer a quiet night’s sleep. 

That being said, it could be noisy if you are too close to the center. However, you don’t want to be too far away. Thus, finding accommodation that is central but on a backstreet or up high will reduce the noise and help you get a good night’s rest. 

Another tip for choosing accommodation is to ensure that there is enough privacy for everyone. If you are going on a family trip with teenagers, they will likely want their own room. Making sure that they do will help them maintain their comfort and happiness throughout the trip. Although they are still young, they should be allowed their privacy. Just make sure that they don’t hide in the room and participate in family activities and meals.

4. Don’t plan too much

When you go on vacation, you need to make sure to leave enough time to rest. You won’t want to return from a trip totally exhausted. You take the time off of work to enjoy yourself and relax. 

Don’t plan too much, especially at the start and the end of the trip. If you plan to do a lot, then do it in the middle of the trip. That way you will guarantee to get downtime for your last few days on vacation. 

Likewise, try not to cram too much in one day. You may tire yourself out and cause unnecessary stress. If there are several activities that you want to do, then spread them out over the trip. You will be able to take your time and make the best memories. When you aren’t rushing around, you can truly soak up the experience and engrain the memories in your mind forever. 

5. Create packing lists for everyone

There is nothing worse than getting to your destination and forgetting some essential items. You can avoid this by making packing lists for everyone so that everyone brings everything that they need. 

You should make packing lists even if someone thinks that they have everything. It is worth double-checking to save time and money when you get there. 

Before you leave, check over your itinerary and make sure that you have the right clothing and equipment for the activities and weather conditions. 

6. Leave the house earlier than planned

Rushing to catch your mode of transport can make the beginning of the trip unnecessarily stressful. To avoid this, you should leave the house earlier than you think. Wouldn’t you prefer to spend time waiting around than rushing and/or missing the flight or train?

Leave ahead of schedule to avoid traffic jams and any other disruptions that could make you be late for your trip. 

7. Take plenty of photos

Taking photos is the part and parcel of any trip. It is how you capture and cherish memories. Although you won’t want to spend all of your time on your camera, ensure to get it out from time to time to capture random moments. 

Capturing random moments is sometimes the best way to cherish memories that you would otherwise forget about. Catching someone mid-hike or during a deep conversation is a great way to look back on special moments. 

What do you think?

Written by Eileen O'Shanassy

Eileen O'Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.

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