If you are heading out on family vacation, a bit of planning ahead of time and making a few specific arrangements will ensure it is a success, with everyone having fun and coming home rested and relaxed.
- Stay at a Bed and Breakfast
While the tendency for families when they are traveling is to book into hotels, it may not be the best accomodation for you and your children. In fact, often other accommodation options such as a historic bed and breakfast in Charleston, may be more family friendly. You do not have to worry as much about there being lots of noise all night that make it hard for your kids to sleep, and often the rooms have more space for all the luggage and kids’ toys. Many hotels do not offer the inclusion of breakfast, and this can be an expensive addition when you are feeding a big family. A B&B includes food in the morning, but more than that likely offers a nice variety, with lots of homemade options that kids and adults alike are sure to enjoy.
- Make a Plan
The best way to make sure everyone stays happy during the trip and you avoid any temper tantrums or meltdowns is to plan ahead for each day. Look into the city and the area you are visiting before you arrive and make an itinerary for what you are going to do each day. This ensures you have enough activities planned that everyone is busy, but also gives you a chance to call ahead and make sure places are able to accomodate families. Don’t forget to include making dinner reservations in these plans as well.
- Book Ahead
If you are coming in high tourist season or if you are accommodating for a whole family in your choice of activities and events that you are attending, be sure to book ahead. In high tourist season, things such as concerts, parks, events, and kid-friendly shows, often sell out. In addition, traveling as a family adds the extra complexity of needing a larger quantity of tickets, seats, etc. Making sure that you book these things early ensures that you get what you want and that no one is disappointed by not being able to attend.
- Ensure Variety
Finally, don’t forget that as important as it is to make a plan and book ahead, it is important to have variety in everything that you are doing. The kids will get bored quickly of too many museums, too much walking around, or too much shopping so it is a good idea to plan for a large variety of activities to make sure no one gets bored. Remember as well, that you can always split up and have a few family members do one activity, while a few other members choose something different.
Family vacations can be a lot of fun and are a great way to spend valuable bonding time together. Make these plans ahead of time and you’ll be sure to all enjoy!