Must Haves for a Perfect Family Vacation
When you have a family where each grownup works and children don’t have the time to breathe between classes and extracurricular activities, organizing a perfect family vacation can be an insurmountable obstacle. However, we all know each family has to spend some quality time together in order to keep the relationships fresh and home environment healthy. Vacations are a perfect outlet for this, so if you are not 100% certain how to approach the issue, here are some concrete must-haves to create a perfect family vacation.
Find a family-friendly destination
First of all, it is not particularly hard to stumble upon interesting vacation proposals and programs in various agencies. However, it’s much harder to find an ideal family-friendly destination. Thankfully, over the last couple of years, there’s an increasing number of package deals that are specifically geared towards families with children of all ages.
Furthermore, pricing levels seem to be quite reasonable and more manageable as the time goes by. You need to start making plans at least several months before the vacation and really push your preparations into gear a whole month before the date. In order to have a perfect family vacation, you cannot begin any later, since you will probably forget something crucial along the way.
Make sure to choose a destination that offers a lot of activities around it and a lot of options for you and your spouse to enjoy a bit of alone time together. For example, having a vacation at a relatively well-equipped urban area that has a lot of surrounding natural landmarks and offers a lot of outdoor activities such as zip-lining and camping is the ideal vacation scenario.
Quality time means a lot of activities
The key thing to keeping your kids occupied is to fill their day with a variety of activities. This helps you create an amazing vacation experience because having a lot of fun things to do does not leave a lot of room for whining and complaining. This means you will have a lot less headache throughout the vacation and your children will not be unhappy.
The activities have to be really fun in order to preoccupy them and your participation in at least 60% of them is crucial. After all, the idea is to bond with your children and have a lot of fun yourself, so find activities you will all enjoy and the family melodrama will wind down as the fun factor goes up.
This is what quality time is all about, and by the end of the vacation, you will almost certainly see your kids in a different light (and vice versa). This means these activities are not a matter of distractions, as many parents would opt to view them this way. It is a matter of improving relationships.
A space for your children
This brings us to another one of our must haves for a perfect family vacation – having some space from your children. You and your significant other will have time to have a bit of adult fun time yourself. This only bodes well for the entire vacation experience and your family overall.
In addition, even though you probably remember your childhood as a time when you were surrounded by love and attention all the time, you will be surprised to find out this was not the case – not in the case of you or your children for that matter. Just like adults, kids also need a bit of space and alone time to decompress.
Therefore, it is important to have some time during each day of your vacation when both the adults and children have a bit of “me” time on their hands. This, for example, can be reserved for the evening when you and your spouse are having dinner with a bit of wine while your children spend some time on the restaurant’s beach – far away enough to feel as if they have space but close enough so you can keep them in your sight.
In the end, if everything else fails, it is crucial to keep your children in separate rooms from your own so they can have some private time reading, watching movies or playing games. If during these private activities a conflict arises between children, the best course of action would be to let them solve it themselves unless it really goes out of hand. The only time when you actually need to get involved in the emerging conflict-laden situations during a vacation is when you were meant to enjoy a constructive and fun activity together.
Cruise as a perfect fit
Did you ever just want to go on a vacation and not worry about anything? Family cruises are a popular choice because they allow you to book, show up and then drop the mic. No planning, no driving, no cooking, no figuring out where to go or what to do next, because let’s be honest – all of the above can cause conflict and stress. Talk about Must Haves for a Perfect Family Vacation all wrapped up for you!
On a cruise, almost everything is taken care of for you and your biggest decision will be what bathing suit to wear or what drink to sip on next. In fact, considering the must-haves to create the perfect family vacation above, cruise package deals actually check all the boxes for you.
Right now, they have not only turned into one of the most lucrative touristic enterprises on the planet, but they also offer the most amazing conditions for cross-generational vacation. It is a controlled environment in which nobody can get lost or kidnapped, it is brimming with activities for virtually any person of any age and you will get a chance to meet some amazing people and other families that come from the similar background as your own.
Your children will learn to appreciate the destinations and their historical significance even more, considering nobody in your family has a say in “plotting the course” and the mobility of the “hub” gives you a chance to savor a much larger number of jaw-dropping landscapes and awe-inspiring landmarks.
Once you finally settle on what sort of vacation you are going to have with your family, it is important to have a solid plan with some wiggle room for extra activities. Keeping to the plan you have previously set with other family members will leave them with no other choice but to follow it – which diminishes a chance for arguments over where to head next or how to spend a particular day. Focus more on how to spend quality time than where you spend it and you are bound to have the perfect family vacation.
Guest Author Bio:
Olivia, author of Must Haves for a Perfect Family Vacation, is psychologist and entrepreneur from Brisbane. Mother of two beautiful children and proud owner of two silly boxer dogs,Teo and Mia. She is passionate about writing and always inspiring her readers to be clever in their lives. Her motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world”.
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