If you’re hesitating to go on a family vacation because you’re daunted by the whole idea of planning a trip, you’re not alone. A lot of people have the same experience. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to fight it and get started. It may not be as simple as you think, but it’s absolutely doable. Besides, the rewards are worth it. When planned right, a family vacation can be a great way to bond and make your relationships stronger than ever.
If you’re a first-timer, these tips should be helpful:
Have a reasonable timeframe for making plans.
First of all, select vacation dates, no matter if you still don’t have a destination or any idea what to do. Among the biggest obstacles for most is finding time and committing to the plan. So whether you already have specific plans for this trip or not, block your calendar asap. The idea for now is to mentally condition yourself that you will be going on a trip on those dates, and then the actual plans can follow.
Let everyone have a part in making the plans.
Even before the actual vacation, just the planning itself can be a fantastic way to bond with the family, especially the kids. Being part of the planning process, they will feel more involved during vacation time and enjoy it more. If you have a tight budget, you can skip the expensive theme parks for now. Kids enjoy simpler activities like visiting the zoo.
Choose a destination that everyone will enjoy.
Though you can’t always please everybody, you can come close by picking a destination that appeals to all. If your group involves seniors or small children, planning a hiking activity may not be such a good idea. Going to the beach might be a better option – everyone can choose their own activity level. Big cities give you more flexibility simply because they offer more attractions.
Establish a tradition.
Many people cherish precious memories of staying in the same ski lodge or lake cabin on a yearly basis, and this routine offers some value. If you begin a family ritual early on, it will more likely continue as they grow into adults.
Again, the secret is to plan your vacations right. Even if you and your spouse are usually very busy, it should not be a hindrance. If necessary, seek help from a travel agent. In any case, this should be a family activity that everyone looks forward to with each passing year.