It can be difficult to plan a summer vacation that everyone loves, especially if you have children of different ages. The little ones might love a theme park vacation, but the teens need more excitement than meeting Eeyore and Piglet at breakfast.
LET THE KIDS PLAN THE VACATION
Dunhill Travel Deals recently published a fun article called, “If Kids Planned Their Own Summer Vacations.” It’s certainly one way to avoid problems – let the kids plan the family vacation. Have them decide where they would like to go and what to see. Maybe they would like to stay in a tree house, or see the world’s largest ball of twine. If you provide a map and a little information, you can let them have some input into planning a road trip. If you’re thinking of a beach vacation, most all-inclusive resorts have kids’ programs where they can learn to surf, snorkel or sail. This gives parents a little time to themselves.You can use a travel website such as Dunhill Travel Deals to find exclusive family vacation deals, or go to their Trip Ideas page and have the kids look through the beach vacations, adventure travel deals or ecotourism deals.
CHOOSE DESTINATIONS WITH A BIT OF EVERYTHING
Look at destinations that have something for everyone and are easily accessible from the USA (you can fly directly into Cancun from most major cities.) The Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa Del Carmen mexico provides a unique beach front experience for the family, with 4 pools, 2 restaurants and gorgeous palapa style tropical bungalows. Despite being located in the Playa Del Carmen with many dining options, the resort offers a half board option that includes breakfast and either lunch of dinner daily at one of their authentic, farm to table style on site restaurants. Highlights include the ‘catch of the day’ where guests can experience fresh caught local fish directly from the ocean out front.
Booked your trip? It’s time to PREP WELL AND PACK SMART
Pack the bare minimum when you travel with kids because you can always buy what you need in your destination. Roll clothes and stuff socks and underwear inside shoes. Wear your heaviest clothes on the flight. Encourage kids to choose and pack their own clothes to minimize complaints and to teach travel skills. Select versatile and comfortable clothes and color-coordinated separates so if something gets dirty you only have to change part of the outfit. And pack bags with what is needed first on the top — a change of clothes for dinner, pyjamas, or what is needed during the day including a change of clothes in case of accidents.