The time has come again for you to start planning your annual family holiday for the summer. You don’t often venture too far away, so there won’t be any planes, trains or boats involved; it’s going to be the perfect road trip. The excitement builds as soon as you start packing up the car and buckling up your seatbelts. There has never once been a family holiday that has disappointed anyone. The destination, plans and atmosphere have always been to everybody’s tastes, so you certainly don’t want to let them down this year. You have decided that it’s not always the destination which makes a family holiday successful; it’s the smooth ride, fun-filled journey and spur of the moment activities which make the best memories. So stop sweating about choosing the perfect sunny location with the highest quality amenities, focus on the smaller details that you wouldn’t always think about. From the car games to the camera, let’s make sure your next family trip goes off without a hitch.
1. Get Your Transport Sorted
Your family trip is going to come to an abrupt halt if you don’t have the right car to get from A to B. Perhaps your family vehicle is a little unreliable or you struggle to fit everything you need into your tiny car. Before you set off on your trip you might want to look at cars for sale. Buying a new car for your family trip will make sure that it is fully ready for a long journey and you won’t have to worry about your old temperamental machine breaking down halfway down the freeway. Don’t take the risk and assume everything will be alright; find a new car that is going to start your family vacation off on the right foot.
2. Plan Your Route
You have found the perfect car, but now it’s time to actually plan how you are going to get there. Don’t leave your map reading time until five minutes before you are meant to set off. The chances are you are going to get lost along the way and there is nothing more stressful and mood killing that getting stuck in a strange place. Before the trip has even properly started you will risk arguments, bickering and fallouts if you haven’t figured out exactly how you are going to get to your chosen destination.
3. Provide Entertainment
Games are all part of the fun when you’re heading out on a long car journey, especially those that keep the kids quiet and occupied for a while. A game of eye spy is always a hit and it will keep them chattering away and admiring the views outside for hours on end. If you’re lucky enough they might even fall asleep on the way, which will give you an extra slice of peace and quiet along the way. Make sure you pack lots of snacks for the journey too; there is nothing worse than a grumbling belly when you’re in the middle of a long trip. Make sure you make regular pit stops too so that everybody can stretch their legs and use the bathroom if they need to.
4. Research The Area
You chose your vacation destination for a reason; probably because there are lots of things for you and your family to do. If you haven’t already researched the area thoroughly then you might just want to spend a few hours online looking at the local amenities. Check out travel blogs, advice columns and local magazines, they are likely to be honest about everything there is to do there. Explore websites and see that everything is family friendly before you go, otherwise you might just get a terrible surprise if there is nothing there for you to do. Websites such as TripAdvisor are so handy for checking the finer details that aren’t always listed on company websites, so be sure to look closely there for more information.
5. Book Your Excursions
Once you have thoroughly researched the local area you might have a vague idea of what you want to get up to whilst you’re away. If there are day trips or excursions that you think would be suitable they you should definitely look at booking these way in advance. Not only will it save you a lot of money, but it will also give you a rough guide of your schedule for the vacation. It is always nice to have small but special experience booked into your plans, so that you can look forward to them and loosely base your other plans around them. Instead of arriving and feeling lost, you will have a set idea of what you’re going to be getting up to.
6. Allow For Relaxation Time
As well as booking trips in advance, you don’t want to create a schedule that is too regimented or structured. Make sure you leave plenty of time to relax and simply enjoy eachothers company. Watching the kids run around in the park, spending the day eating a picnic on the beach or wandering around quaint shops, whilst eating an ice cream. These spontaneous and tranquil moments are the ones that are going to be the most memorable for you and your family.
7. Do Something You’ve Never Done Before
Try and experience something brand new that you have never thought of doing before. Whether that’s snorkelling with the fish or trying a new local cuisine; vacations are the perfect time for you to step out of your comfort zone, even if it is just for a minute. You will come home with a story to tell even if you didn’t really enjoy your new experience.
8. Don’t Forget The Camera
How many times have you found the most picture perfect scene, but you have forgotten to pack the camera? This happens far too often, so make sure you are armed and prepared at all times. Luckily we are living in the age of smartphones so your ability to snap candid pictures shouldn’t be too tricky. As wonderful as pictures are, don’t forget to be present in the moment too. Enjoy everything as it comes and don’t focus on taking perfect pictures every second of the day.
9. Send a Postcard
Send your loved ones back home a cute postcard from your travel destination. Not only will they love the fact that you were thinking of them on your trip, but your kids will find it a super fun activity to write to their friends and family to explain how much fun they are having on their family vacation.
10. Be Social Media Smart
Even if you are having an awesome time on your family trip and it can be tempting to share this with the world, try to refrain from sharing too much on social media. If you are telling people online that you are on a trip away from your house for the next few weeks then you might be putting your home in danger. Keep your memories offline until you get home and make sure there is a neighbour close by who can check on your home regularly.
You won’t have to worry about any holiday meltdowns or mayhem if you stick to these ten terrific things. Enjoy a smooth and enjoyable trip with your loved ones without having to stress about the small stuff. Wherever you end up going this year, just remember that the finer details are the memory makers; it is not the costly hotel or the fancy dinners, it’s the simple things that really count. Put a smile on your family’s face and relax as you set off on your fun-filled vacation. You truly deserve it.