Every year millions of people head out on vacation to help them escape the stresses and strains of everyday life. Vacations can be relaxing, they can help you to unwind, and they can also help you to leave the rest of the world behind.
Outdoorsy recommends that you give your family a vacation to remember, but how can you do this without spending a fortune on your time away? We’re going to look at this now.
Choose A Destination That Has Something For Everyone
One of the best things you can do is choose a destination that has something for everyone. Ask your children what they would like to do, and where they would like to go. Doing so will make them feel included and important. Not doing so will land you with a backseat of sulking faces who will be determined to ruin the vacation every chance they get. You could have just stayed home to hear the whining and moaning that will be non-stop.
If you cannot deliver exactly what your children are looking for, try to find a compromise that they will be happy with. If they want to stay in a luxury hotel in Vegas, offer them a week in an RV somewhere hot. I’ve seen some rental recreational vehicles that can outclass even the most luxurious of hotels!
Compromises can work while saving you money too. Renting an RV and paying for a campsite spot is much less expensive than a luxury hotel!
Allow Extra Time For Stop-Overs
If it looks like you will have to make a few stop-overs, give yourself as much time as you can. Many people rush to make their plane, and it’s this aspect of the vacation that could prove to be too stressful.
Make the family vacation one to remember by allowing extra time for stop-overs. Stay overnight in a hotel if it means you can relax and get a good nights’ sleep. The less stressed you are, the more your children are likely to enjoy their time away.
Personally, I have not met a kid yet who doesn’t enjoy jumping on a hotel room bed or making a mad dash to the swimming pool to whoop and holler at the top of their lungs! A good hotel will have drinks delivered to the pool for mom and dad!
Reward Your Children For Their Good Behavior
If your child has been good all day, or they’ve behaved quite well on the plane, why not reward their good behavior? Rewarding behavior will make your child feel better, and more inclined to behave well in the future. The reward is up to you. For older children it may be the freedom to explore on their own or to have some additional spending money for souvenirs. With the younger children, a delicious, heaping cone of ice cream never gets denied!
Rewarding can also help your little ones to feel better about their time away, and if your little ones are happy, chances are you’ll all have a vacation to remember.
Don’t Try To Do Too Much
It can be so tempting to fit everything into your time away, but rushing here and there can make your vacation a hectic one. Don’t try to do too much, in fact, you may want to think about planning a few days where you don’t do very much at all.
Visiting a beautiful city like Paris, you may be tempted to go sightseeing from sunrise to sunset, attempting to cram in hundreds of years worth of history in a single day. Trust us when we say, pace yourself.
There may be lots of sights to see, and places to visit, but giving yourself a day off here and there will make your vacation more memorable, and less tiresome.
Making your vacation one to remember doesn’t mean you have to go somewhere glamorous or spend your says rushing about, and dealing with tired children who just want to rest. If your children enjoy their vacation, it will make every day so much easier.
Use the above tips to give your family a vacation to remember, so as they grow they have found memories of traveling with you.
Posted with much love,
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