Vacations are all about having fun, leaving all your worries at home, and creating memories. It isn’t only about getting close to nature but discovering a part of yourself you never thought existed. Every journey changes me a little; every adventure makes me get rid of fear, and every vacation brings my family a little closer.
Every year we take some time out of our busy schedules and plan another memorable trip. We meet new people, study new cultures, and explore the beauty of nature, but while this carries on every trip, I make sure to elicit some factors into it to make it unforgettable.
I have my own specific rules on the trip, which makes it more joyous. But, at the same time, my husband and I make sure to plan our vacations to places and in ways that are exciting for our kids. So, today, I will be sharing with you some unforgettable vacation tips when traveling with family that will strengthen your family bond. So, gear up mommies, it’s time to take charge!
Things to do on vacation with family?
I believe the only thing that holds us from enjoying the trip to the max is the baggage of worries that we refuse to leave back at home. When it comes to traveling the world with kids, you need to let them all go in order to have fun. Here’s what you can help you do that:
1. Limit the use of gadgets
We live in a world where life without gadgets seems almost impossible, especially for teenage kids. But when you are traveling with family, you need to be present with them physically and mentally. I used to grieve seeing my son missing the breathtaking scenery because he was in the middle of a very tense game. I knew he was missing out on so much.
I believe every parent wants their kids to be off of their phones and engage with the family. Road trips are always fun but only if you talk, make jokes, and play games, not if every member is busy with their own mobile phones. Here’s how to plan a family road trip to make it gripping.
While vacationing is about drifting off from the routine, do the same with your gadgets. Limit their use, gaze at the starry sky, relish local delicacies, go on hikes; that’s what makes trips unforgettable. Talk to your kids and help them step out of their comfort zones and enjoy something new.
Tip: Allow everyone a certain time limit to use their cellphones. This way, they will be able to broaden their horizons without hating you.
2. Pack what’s important only
When it comes to packing bags for traveling, it shouldn’t be a burden on your shoulders. You do not have to pack everything in your cupboard; remember that you’re vacationing, not moving out. Pack only what’s necessary and leave the rest behind. I have witnessed a lot of people packing huge amounts of bags fully packed with clothes and accessories that they don’t even use.
I seriously advise you against over-packing. This will only divert your focus away from nature and keep you stressed about the stuff that you have carried along. And I don’t think I need to explain the burden of moving the luggage from place to place. Just keep the essentials with you and prioritize basking in the glory of nature.
Tip: Women, don’t carry your entire makeup bag with you and do not spend hours in the morning on your face. Just keep the bare minimum, because trust me, you wouldn’t want to spend an hour perfecting a winged liner while the stunning mountains are waiting for you.
3. Stay in the moment
If you are traveling with family and need a key to making it amusing and stress-free, make yourself live in the moment. For example, I remember we were boating in the middle of a beautiful lake in Rome, and I saw my husband lost in thought with a frown on his forehead, got to know that he was worried about the upcoming meeting at the office.
Staying lost in the past or stressing about the future is only going to ruin your present. What’s about to come will arrive, but you’ll lose it forever once you lose the present. So, while you are there, in the middle of a terrific beauty that you are destined to see, let all your senses enjoy the amazement of the atmosphere.
Tip: Whenever you feel stressed, just close your eyes and focus on the surrounding with all your five senses. Appreciate nature and allow it to be absorbed within you. Being a travel mom, I tell my kids to use this trick as well.
4. Explore yourself
Traveling is about exploring the world, nature, and cultures, but at the same time, it is also about exploring yourself. There are a lot of things I discovered I had a liking for only after trying for the first time. For example, my son was afraid of scuba diving, but after his trip to Spain, he still feels it’s one of the most magical moments of his life.
We all have our own comfort zones that we live to stay within, but it’s only when you are willing to expand your horizon that you discover the potential you hold.
Tip: Try to experience what you are afraid of, and you never know; it might turn out to be the best thing to happen.
5. Don’t forget to capture
While the idea is to explore and live in the moment, it is equally important to capture. When traveling with family, you’ll encounter multiple moments of laughter, grief, beauty, entertainment, and even embarrassment that you would want to save.
It is always endearing to look back at your trips with photos and videos and relive them. I love having a day set to do that, and it always ends great. There are tons of laughter and sighs of gratitude.
Tip: Make sure to keep a portable charger with you to keep your phone and camera charged at all times. You wouldn’t want it to die while you are in the middle of capturing the most breathtaking view or a selfie with your family.
Best Places – Unforgettable Vacation Tips When Traveling With Family
When traveling with kids of all ages, you have to choose a place that accommodates a toddler’s nap time and your teen’s antipathy towards literally everything. Amid the hassle, we have visited some unique places that my family has vivid memories of. They are the perfect fit for an unforgettable vacation:
Lofoten has to be your top choice when it comes to searching for the best place to travel with family in December. While the gorgeous views hint at an amazing hiking trail, the beautiful beaches amid the mountains are something you can’t have enough of. A few activities are:
The great hotels and restaurants add up to the experience, but majorly it’s the view that seems to be a blessing to the eyes.
Tip: Allow your girls to try their hands on cutting out the cod tongues, which is a tradition set for children only.
Galapagos is a completely different world that seems to be right out of a video game, so my sons have a personal affection for that. Engaging with the wildlife there isn’t only restricted to observation; the penguins and the turtles are totally fearless, and the sea lion pups will be asking for our attention. You are not just an observer; you get to interact with them.
The wide variety of activities for kids include:
- Mountain biking
- Beach walking
Tip: make sure your kids do not have data plans while you are there. This way, they’ll stay in the moment and engage in conversations with the parents. Don’t forget to lower yourself in the hot tub at night and gaze at the constellations; it will be unforgettable.
When traveling with family, you need a place that’s both fun for the kids and the family, and Lowcountry gets the best of the best in this case. So, what has it got for you?
- Sprawling resort
- Two villages
- Riverside cottages
- Biking and hiking trails
- Golf course
Basically, no chances of getting bored. Get on a boat and spot the dolphins, egrets, gray herons, and bald eagles. This will be the most interesting spotting in your life.
Tip: Spend an afternoon in a pool and enjoy a social hour with lemonade and cookies. You can’t love this place.
4. Waylon, France
Another one of the fun places to travel with family is Waylon in France. If you are a family that loves skiing, you’ll have a ball here exploring the mountains at your speed. Ski along the waterfall and have a view of your life. My little Sophie toddled around the snow, and the sight was pure joy to my eyes.
The best part about the place is that they have an indoor water park in the mall for younger kids, and trust me, they are going to adore it. If you love skiing, another one of my articles mentions the best US ski resorts for families.
When it’s about choosing fun and safe places to travel with family, it all begins with preparing yourself for the trip, mentally and physically. A trip can only be fun if you are one hundred percent present in the moment. I have mentioned all the tips that can help you do that, along with some unique places to enhance the pleasure.