Travel Tips & Tricks
Whether it is your 1st or 100th family adventure, here are some tips and tricks to help make travel easier. Picking a destination, packing or navigating the airport, we hope these tips and tricks get you going!
Unexpected Travel Hiccups
If you ask people their most challenging travel experiences they often can provide an interesting tale. Extremely good and extremely bad vacation experiences are equally memorable. Unfortunately the issues we encounter in our daily life can show up on vacation as well. Someone gets sick or the weather becomes unbearable and what was supposed to be a wonderful vacation ends up being a disaster. Let's consider some of the travel hiccups you might encounter and ways to mitigate the issues so your vacation can still have positive memories.
If you have planned the perfect beach vacation only to arrive to a week of cold, rainy weather it can be very disappointing. It is not ideal to spend the week stuck in a hotel room. In preparation for undesirable weather, research indoor options before departing on vacation. Look into museums, malls or movies that your family could visit. See if any local factories offer tours. You may find fun adventures your family can enjoy even in unpleasant weather.
Illness or Injury
No one wants to be sick or injured on vacation but unfortunately it can happen. If a family member shuts a finger in the rental car door or comes down with the flu you will need to detour from your original vacation plan. Before leaving for vacation consider locating the closest urgent care and/or hospital. In the midst of a crisis you want to know where you are going and not be spending valuable time researching the options. Also bring the phone numbers of each family member's primary care physician. It may be helpful to consult with your doctor back at home. For simple issues, like an ear infection, they may be able to call in a prescription over the phone. Hopefully this information won't be needed on your vacation, but if it is you will be glad you have it on hand.
Destination Isn't What You Anticipated
If the hotel was advertised to be "Ocean View" you expect to see the ocean from the property. An "Olympic size pool" should be bigger than your bathtub. Unfortunately, sometimes the wording used to describe a travel destination does not accurately reflect what you find when you arrive. To prevent being disappointed when you get there, make sure you have done your research in advance. Instead of relying on words to describe the hotel, look for photos. See if you can locate feedback from previous customers. Request recommendations from friends and relatives when planning a vacation. If you do find yourself at a place that doesn't meet all of your expectations, consider making the most of it. Take funny photos of your family attempting to enjoy the experience and look forward to laughing at them in future years when the bitterness has faded.
Keep in mind that even the negative travel experiences offer an opportunity for your family to bond and learn together. For additional ideas for avoiding or overcoming difficult travel experiences contact us.
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