Enhancing the Creation of Family Memories Through Travel
When most people think back to previous years they often overlook the daily events but fondly remember the unusual. A family trip provides an opportunity to create memories that will last for many years to come. The normal routine is set aside while the family experiences a new location. Consider these tips for creating family memories through travel.
Do Something Outlandish. Consider doing something you would never allow at home. It can be something simple like allowing your kids to pick out a sugary cereal for breakfast or a special vacation snack. Or select a day and have ice cream for lunch. Consider having a special vacation food item such as S'mores which are only prepared when on a family vacation. For a non-food related idea consider changing bedtime during vacation. Keep in mind the type of child you have. If your child will be upset significantly by a change in routine then maybe this tip isn't the best for your family. Many children will find the change in rules exciting! Another possibility is to engage in an activity that wouldn't be possible at home. Snorkeling or building sand castles on the beach are great examples.
Sightseeing. Vacations often include sightseeing. In future years your family will be able to look back and say "Remember when we saw . . . ". When planning a vacation seek input from all family members. Ask everyone, including kids, which sights they would like to see. Observing things they find interesting will make the experience more memorable.
Capture Memories. If possible take lots of photos on the vacation. Be sure to create an album or some other way to look through the photos when you are back home. Capturing the photos in only the first step. If they remain on your phone or camera and aren't accessible by your family members they will not be helpful. Many online sites offer the ability to create a photobook in just a few simple steps. If photos aren't your thing, keep a journal. Write it in a way that will trigger memories when it is read in the future. Consider having the kids participate in this process. Give them the camera one day and have them take a few pictures. Ask your children to draw pictures of their favorite vacation memory and include them in your journal.
Taking a vacation offers a fantastic way to create family memories. The above tips will help enhance the memories so your family can enjoy reflecting on the vacation for years to come. Contact us for additional family travel advice!
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