It is exciting planning a family vacation and you will have high hopes for the trip, but there is always a need to get the itinerary right so that you get to see happy faces rather than having to contend with tears and tantrums.
Here are some pointers on how to improve your chances of giving your kids a great vacation experience, which will, of course, mean that you get to enjoy the time away too, so everyone’s happy.
Beauty and boredom
It is very easy to think that if you provide your kids with access to a beach and choose an exotic location for the great scenery and weather for yourself, it will be smiles all around.
Finding a place that offers a beautiful secluded beach and tropical sunsets might sound appealing to you but the issue is that kids can soon get bored if they don’t have enough to do and other kids to play with.
It would be much better to find a location where you have access to plenty of kids activities like water slides and even a theme park so that you at least have a backup plan if too much time on the beach makes them bored.
Get them involved
You want to get your kids signed up for your vacation plans if you can so that they start to get excited about what lies ahead and give you an early warning if they don’t think much of what you have in store.
If you are staying somewhere like the Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites, show them the hotel website and a map of the local area and attractions so that they can form a picture of what to expect and what you will be doing when you get there.
It’s a good idea to ask your kids what sort of things they would like to do on vacation, even when they are little, so you can pick one or two of those ideas and try to build them into your itinerary when you get there.
Pick your flights carefully
One of the quickest ways to get your vacation off to a bad start is to pick a bad time to fly and not prepare the kids for the airport experience.
Kids can find taking an airline ride fun but they can also have the opposite reaction if you try to get them to fly at an unsociable hour or don’t talk to them about what to expect at the airport and on the flight.
If you know that your kids start to get a bit tricky when they get tired late in the afternoon that would not be a good time to fly. Pick a flight time where you think they will cope fine, like first thing in the morning.
It is also worth remembering that airport security procedures can be scary for kids and when they get asked to give up their favorite toy to put it through the scanner, there can soon be tears.
Tell them how it all works at the airport and it will reduce the chances of a meltdown when they don’t understand why someone has taken their things away from them, even for a brief moment.
Think about how to keep your kids happy and entertained and you will all stand a much better chance of having a memorable trip.