Recently, HomeAway and FamilyFun magazine teamed up for a somewhat non-traditional survey known as Kidpinions to find out how kids influence their family's travel planning. Traveling with kids can be one of the greatest experiences your family has. Elizabeth Shaw, editor-in-chief of FamilyFun magazine, has shared with us a few travel planning tips that allows for everyone in the family to be involved in planning what to do, where to stay and how to make the best memories.
Figure out the one thing you want to do on your vacation—and do it!
Traveling with kids can be pricey, and pricier still once you factor in all the spontaneous stops at amusement parks, museums and ice cream shops. So, make sure to book your extra-special activities (like zip lining, snorkeling, or whale watching) before you leave. That way, you won’t feel the squeeze when you’re away and be tempted to skip (and regret) it later.
Choose a really special place to sleep
Traditional accommodations have plenty of perks, but seeking out truly unique places to stay, like a treehouse (they’re out there!) or even a castle (it’s possible!) can be what sets this year’s trip apart from all the rest. The good news? Homeaway.com can help you find both!
Let each person in the family plan a day
We do this with our boys! We give them a list of activity options before we go or shortly after we arrive, and they each get a turn or two to choose what we do. It helps them feel like they’re part of the process, and reinforces the idea that sometimes we do things just because it will make someone else happy—no complaints allowed!
Write down a daily memory
Bring along some printer paper and nice markers. Write the name of the trip across the top, like “Cape Cod 2017,” then each night, take turns writing down one favorite memory from the day. When you’re home, scan it in and upload it to photo service like Minted.com. They’ll clean up the smudges and send you a frame-worthy digital print.
Family travel can be a great experience with the right planning and attitude along the way. The positive impact that comes from involving everyone in the day-to-day activities and the memories that are sure to be made will be ones that you and your kids will remember for a lifetime.