Does the thought of taking a family vacation give you the chills? I’m going to give you six tips for having a fun and stress-free vacation with your family!
1. Rent bulky items
The best way to reduce the bulk in your packing is to plan on renting the larger items your family needs. There are many online options for rentals in various destinations. No one enjoys feeling like a pack mule in the airport. This can be especially helpful for things like ski trips. Renting your ski’s after you get to your destination can really help save you from a lot of stress.
2. Don’t plan something for every second
On vacations, there is a great temptation to see and do everything. Pick a few things as a priority and focus on those. It is hard to enjoy a museum, a zoo or other local landmark if you feel like you are being rushed. Vacations are supposed to be a time for you to be able to relax and have a break from being stressed. Planning out every second of your trip can make it a lot more stressful than it really needs to be.
3. Don’t blow your budget on airline tickets
Weekends are a great time to fly. Business customers fly during the week, so prices for airline tickets and rental cars can be higher during the week. Also, sign up for an airline website. Different airlines will often run special ticket prices, but only have a limited amount of seats at that low price. Email notifications can give you the edge on getting lower prices. You want to make sure that you turn to all the resources you can to make sure that you are getting the best and most affordable flights. Resources such as WayToFly can be really helpful when it comes to things like this.
4. No need to dress to impress
When traveling with your family, comfort beats fashion every time. Most sweat pants also have the added bonus of no pockets. Combine that with slip on shoes for everyone and you’ll get through security like a breeze. If you can manage, because of the liquid restrictions, don’t bring toiletries with you, stop by a store when you reach your destination.
Being comfortable is also important on those long car drives. Better for strangers in a gas station to see your family in big bulky clothes, then to be uncomfortable for such a long time.
5. Use technology wisely
Do you trust everyone on your social media accounts? If not, you shouldn’t post that you are leaving your house empty. Also, know when to disconnect. Taking pictures means you aren’t in the scene and sometimes your family wants those memories with you. Doing this can really help relieve a lot of stress and worry. You definitely want to make sure that you are helping keep your home as safe as possible while you are gone.
6. Don’t forget the date nights
Don’t forget, it is your vacation too. Many hotels offer childcare services, or if you have family around, take advantage of it. It gives your children the chance to have their own adventure. They’ll enjoy telling you their stories too.
The most important thing is to enjoy the time with your family. Use these tips to remove some of the stress, because no one should need a vacation from their vacation!
About the author
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.