Making Family Travel to Visit Relatives Enjoyable for Everyone!
It is easy to make sure all family members are happy when you are taking a trip to a fun destination like Disney World or going on a cruise. However, people often find it more difficult to keep all family members happy when the vacation is to visit distant relatives. Often relatives don't live near fun family attractions. Here are three tips for making family travel to visit relatives enjoyable for everyone.
Really consider where you will be staying. Aunt Sally may beg you to stay at her house. However, if she has limited space and isn't used to being around kids it may be best for you to get a hotel nearby. You will be able to spread out and give Aunt Sally a break from the children. This is especially necessary if your kids are known to wake up in the middle of the night or if you know your special needs child will do better having a separate place to stay where you can maintain as normal of a routine as possible. Also, keep in mind what pets will be at the place you will be staying and if anyone has any allergies. Instead of trying to fit numerous people in a small house where you will feel it necessary to keep your kids quiet, consider staying in a hotel. It will be a much less stressful experience for everyone.
Look for kid activities in the area. You can not expect your children to sit calmly for constant adult conversation the entire trip. Plan some kid centered activities to allow them the opportunity to get energy out and have fun. You may be surprised to find that there is a science museum in the area so be sure to check local tourist information. Many cities now have Kids Out and About websites which provide information about local attractions for children. Check to see if the city you are traveling to is listed. If not, look for playgrounds or libraries you can visit as a family.
Consider simple treats like going out for ice cream or taking a family walk around the neighborhood. In addition to visiting with your relatives break up the day with occasional kid activities.
Consider the Length of Stay. Grandma may really want you to stay for the entire week but think about the best interests of your family before determining the appropriate duration. If there will be little for your children to do and you will not be able to transport lots of toys and kid gear it may be best to just make it a long weekend visit.
With proper planning you can have a fun, memorable vacation to visit relatives even if they don't live next to Disney World! Keep in mind the best interests of your family when planning your trip.
For additional family travel tips contact us.
From Parents, Travel Writers,