Family vacations are fun, especially for the kids. You usually pick a destination that is kid-friendly with plenty of activities for the youngest ones. However, parents have a lot more responsibility while they may enjoy many of the tourist attractions and activities as well. So here is how Mom and Dad cab have their vacation as much fun and relaxating as possible.
Plan Some Adult Time
While you love having your kids around and enjoy doing things with them, you also want to have some special time with your spouse. If you have older kids, they can hang out by themselves or even watch younger siblings for a couple of hours. If you have a young family, look for hotels that offer sitter services to give you a couple of hours away.
Select hotels that offer more amenities for kids to keep them occupied. A family pool is one amenity you will use a lot on vacation. Kids can play in the water while you sit poolside with a good book. Remember that you don’t have to book every minute of your vacation. Down time is an important part of the trip and will help you rejuvenate for the other adventures.
Some hotels and resorts have kids’ clubs that offer scheduled activities with supervision. You can use that time to go see a movie or do other things that they would find boring.
Be Good to Your Wallet
Try to stay within a reasonable budget to save on vacation stress. That can be hard to do when there are so many fun things to see and experience. That is one reason having an itinerary is so important. If you already know what you will be doing and how much it costs, you won’t have any unpleasant surprises.
One way to save money is to look for passes to multiple attractions. You can often get them for less than what it costs to pay for four or five individual places. In fact, you may want to coordinate your schedule around the locations that are covered by the pass.
Look for ways to save so you have more money to spend on other things. For instance, the money you save by purchasing cheap flights can go towards some of the other incidentals. If you don’t plan to spend much time in your hotel, skip places with extra amenities and look at budget lodging. These places still offer you the basics, including free breakfast at many locations, but without the additional price tag.
Make family time more fun by eliminating the extra work and responsibility. For instance, pack a picnic lunch when you are heading to a state park or nature preserve. Plan to spend all day or several hours instead of hunting for a restaurant. Even if you want to eat out at a popular diner, pack snacks to avoid the cries of “I’m hungry” that you are sure to hear.
Choose something you want to do that the kids have never done. It is a good experience for them and seeing their first reaction will awaken the excitement for you. You’d be surprised at how much fun riding a roller coaster with your kids for the first time can be.
Summary: An Memorable and Affordable Vacation Can Start with Cheap Flights.
Relieve much of the stress that often accompanies family vacations by planning ahead to get cheap airline tickets and lodging, scheduling activities that are fun for everyone and affordable and organizing down time and couple time while the kids have fun, too. With these tips, you can have a family vacation that you will never forget and you will come home feeling relaxed and refreshed.