If you’re dreading a trip with your parents, in-laws, or young children, it’s time to change your perspective! Here’s how to have fun on any family getaway.
Whether it’s a weekend getaway or an extended holiday at a beach resort, family vacations can be a lot of fun. But it’s hard to deny that it can be a challenge to juggle the wants and needs of everyone involved. Follow the tips below to learn how to have fun on your family vacation—regardless of any mishaps or meltdowns.
Make sure there’s something for everyone
The first step is to choose a destination that will make everyone happy. With an open mind, try to understand any time constraints or financial limitations. Be flexible and open to discussion. If your mind is set on a certain destination, remember that there are many other fun resort towns and theme parks.
When it comes to travel destinations, there are thousands of options to choose from that will fit your time, budget, and needs. Remember that the goal is to spend time together and make lasting memories.
Limit travel time
Long hours spent traveling can be exhausting, especially if you’re part of a large group. A road trip with your family can quickly turn into a disaster, especially if there are kids involved. Plan ahead and limit travel to a few hours at a time. Stop frequently for meals, snacks, and bathroom breaks. Stretch your legs, toss around a Frisbee, or play catch to avoid feeling tired and grumpy.
Take the inevitable family fight in stride
If you’re heading on a family vacation, you’ve probably accepted the fact that there will be a few blowups and meltdowns. It’s important to stay calm and take control of the situation. If there’s nothing you can do to resolve the disagreement, step away and get some alone time instead of letting it ruin your day.
Document the journey
Put one person in charge of documenting the trip through photos and videos. A travel journal is another great way to capture your memories. People are bound to forget experiences if they are not well-documented.
In today’s digital age, you can even start an online journey, travel blog, or post your pictures on Instagram. However, instead of spending precious vacation time on this, collect postcards and make notes to help you reconstruct the journey once you get home. Remember to carry your phone and camera chargers!
Don’t forget the most important tip of all—it’s a holiday and the whole point is to enjoy yourself! Take a well-deserved break and disconnect from your daily routine. Let yourself relax, live in the moment and have fun!