Mak­ing the most of fam­ily va­ca­tions

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Fam­ily va­ca­tions can seem like daunt­ing en­deav­ors to or­ga­nize, as plan­ners must cater to each mem­ber of the fam­ily and their in­di­vid­ual needs. Fam­ily va­ca­tions can cost sev­eral thou­sand dol­lars, which only adds to the pres­sure plan­ners may be un­der. But care­ful plan­ning makes it pos­si­ble to sim­plify the process so more time can be spent rest­ing, re­lax­ing and hav­ing fun.

Child-friendly ho­tel

One of the “musts” when book­ing a fam­ily va­ca­tion is find­ing the right ac­com­mo­da­tions. This of­ten means book­ing rooms at fam­ily-friendly ho­tels. Things to look for when seek­ing ho­tels in­clude ameni­ties like swim­ming pools and re­cre­ation ar­eas, nearby parks and other at­trac­tions that kids can en­joy, and easy ac­cess to stores that sell ne­ces­si­ties.

When book­ing a room, re­quest one that is close to the el­e­va­tor or the break­fast buf­fet. If you have young­sters who nap or go to bed early, try to book ad­join­ing rooms or one-bed­room suites. This way the kids are tucked in but ac­ces­si­ble, al­low­ing adults to en­joy their down­time.

Plan the trip to­gether

Get the en­tire fam­ily in­volved when plan­ning a va­ca­tion and let chil­dren who are old enough to have a say in some of the travel plans. Let kids choose some ac­tiv­i­ties, pick some restau­rants or even se­lect which seats to sit in on the air­plane.

Pack as lightly as pos­si­ble

Pack light and, if pos­si­ble, buy some ne­ces­si­ties when you ar­rive. Few things can be as headache-in­duc­ing as drag­ging along ex­tra lug­gage with kids in tow. Choos­ing a ho­tel or re­sort with laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties can be ad­van­ta­geous to ac­tive fam­i­lies who may get messy along the way.

Al­low for down­time

While it’s ben­e­fi­cial to have an itin­er­ary, leave some mo­ments for spon­tane­ity and rest. You don’t want to re­turn home so tired from the trip that you need an­other break. Use down­time as op­por­tu­ni­ties for kids to lead the way.

Travel off the beaten path

Ma­ture chil­dren may like sights and sounds that aren’t nec­es­sar­ily de­signed for kids. So while it may be tempt­ing to stick to big-name re­sorts that cater to fam­i­lies, there’s plenty of en­joy­ment to be had ex­plor­ing lesser-known is­lands or vil­lages. And while you’re at it, in­tro­duce chil­dren to na­tive cuisines so they can broaden their culi­nary palates.

Re­live the mem­o­ries

Make last­ing va­ca­tion mem­o­ries more by putting to­gether a photo al­bum or scrap­book.

Smart plan­ning means all mem­bers of the fam­ily can walk away from va­ca­tions with fond mem­o­ries.

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