Family vacations come in many forms, and it can be a challenge to plan a trip for a group of people with more differences than similarities.
Finding destinations and activities that appeal to all different age groups, interests, and objectives takes a little extra effort, but the payoff is worth it. Coming off a trip, one element that is going to last longer than the souvenirs are the memories. Your kids might not realize it at the time but the dedication and thought that you put into these trips are what is shaping their childhood. Creating these experiences means that once you get home and unpack and it’s back to business as usual, your family bond will be stronger.
Once in a Lifetime Trips
Being the one to give your child a memory that will last a lifetime is priceless. Once-in-a-lifetime experiences like adventure theme parks or international destinations are two good examples of experiences that will create those lasting memories. Specifically, if you can be the catalyst for your child’s first introduction to a trip like this, it is something they will never forget and always associate with family.
Since planning financially for a big trip can take longer than desired, you can finance your next big purchase with a personal loan from a private lender. By deciding to finance your trip you eliminate the need to save upfront and can make your plans around the timing of your life and not just the circumstances of your wallet.
Create a Tradition
Having something to look forward to is one of the best parts of a vacation. Kids especially will want to know what to expect regarding the opportunity for fun on their upcoming trip. If you can find a way to create a tradition that becomes a common theme in all your vacations, you give your kids something to look forward to that they know from experience will be memorable. Visiting the same locations for vacation is not for everyone, so consider a tradition with flexibility, like RV camping, as your common thread, leaving the destination up for grabs each time you venture away from home.
If being dedicated to one style of vacation does not suit your families’ preferences, consider making an activity a tradition. This will provide you all with something to look forward to while allowing destinations, time of year, and travel accommodations to remain fluid. Maybe the first night of every vacation is always a movie night, or perhaps you make it a point to get ice cream on the last night of every trip. These small details matter in the big picture of a family bond, specifically in the eyes of a child.
Make Learning Fun
Vacations are meant to feel like a break from everyday life, but that does not mean that they cannot include an opportunity to learn something. Sharing a trip with your children that includes an educational aspect gives you both a chance to soak in information and history while observing each other’s point of view. Even beach towns can provide opportunities to help kids learn while having fun on vacation. Consider the curriculum of your child’s current educational level and seek out destinations that have something to offer that compliments what they are currently learning about in school.