Making the Most of the Final Days of Summer
Search for Kid-Friendly Adventures
Search for destinations that offer a variety of kid-oriented activities that are either on-site or close by. Do your children like to hike or float the river? Do they also love indoor entertainment like museums and movies? Make sure there are enough adventures available that all of your kids get to choose something. When kids get to participate in the decision-making, they are much more likely to enjoy the activity.
Make It a Photo Fest
Speaking of kid participation, why not let everyone help out with the picture taking on this trip? Before you leave, give everyone his or her own disposable camera. Let the kids take their own vacation photos and then assemble them all in one giant vacation scrapbook when you return. You’ll have family memories that everyone will cherish.
Research Your Accommodations
Make sure you do some background checks on the hotels you are looking into. Checking out the hotel page is a good start, but don’t just take everything they say at face value—do some deeper digging. I used Gogobot to read actual user reviews of the Orlando hotel I stayed at to ensure it was family-friendly. Look to see if the hotel has all the amenities you want—a pool, a fridge and microwave in the room, or a spa for you and your spouse.
Let’s face it: there are times on every family vacation when the kids get bored and fidgety. When the hours in the car start to build up or you’re stuck in the airport for a while, audio books can save the day. Before you go, download some old family favorites or brand new books onto an electronic device and you’ll have a great diversion sure to keep any kid entertained. Don’t forget to pack the headphones!
The summer is winding down, so start your planning today! I hope these tips help, and remember, have fun and be safe!
Thanks, Kendra! Traveling with kids can be craziness--but good planning and research can help with even the littlest travelers!