Figure out what your family is looking for in a vacation and plan your budget. With the rising costs of gas and airline tickets, transportation easily can be your biggest budget-buster.
When packing your carry-on and hand luggage (a backpack works best because it frees up your hands), the general rule is to be prepared for delays and messes. Once your luggage is checked or placed in the trunk, your carry-on transforms into a veritable magician's hat!
Some things to have with you when traveling by plane, train or automobile are:
A happy, content family can make any place seem like Shangri-La. Plan different activities that appeal to different family members and one activity a day you know the whole family will enjoy. You may want to look in to resorts and accommodations where trained and certified nannies or kids' programs are available so that you can indulge yourself while your kids have a blast with others around their age.
All-inclusive destinations have tons of activities and recreation for kids and a variety of restaurants to keep even finicky eaters happy. Even drinks are sometimes included, so you can enjoy the convenience of never having to carry cash or credit cards.
Kids are creatures of habit, so while the vacation meant an escape from the usual routine, coming home brings back the routine and security.
Here are three steps to ease into this transition:
Step 1 -- Leave on a good note. Prepare for your homecoming before you leave for your trip.
Step 2 -- Schedule extra time. If possible, take an extra day off to tie up loose ends, rest up, sort through the mail and deal with any issues that came up while you were gone.
Step 3 -- Unpack right away. Ask everyone to help unpack for a specified amount of time (maybe 30 minutes) and deal with the inevitable mountain of laundry.
Whether visiting museums an hour away or flying overseas, your family can survive any vacation with a little planning and enthusiasm!
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