Parenting & Families

Keeping Family Vacations Fun for You and Your Children

Family vacations are not just about getting away; they’re about coming together. But travel can be an expensive, time-consuming, stress-inducing exercise without proper preparation. When planning a family vacation the most important thing to remember is to include the entire family in the financial and destination discussions. Dr. Gail Gross a nationally recognized family and child development expert has tips for the millions of families getting ready to get away from it all together.

Dr. Gail Gross’s Tips for a Stress-Free Summer Vacation

  • Be all-inclusive. Let each child contribute outing ideas for the vacation. Select at least one activity from each child’s wish list, depending on your time and budget.
  • Let your children know the rules. Discuss appropriate travel behavior well in advance.
  • Set limitations. Give children a set amount of spending money upfront that they can use to buy souvenirs.
  • Plan for a rainy day. Make sure you have a few indoor activities in the event of inclement weather.
  • Don’t overdo it. There is no need to take the family on expensive trips to exotic locations to have a great time; there are numerous vacation spots close to home.
  • If traveling on a plane, schedule night flights so that your children are more likely to sleep the flight away. Bring a variety of things to keep them busy.
  • Have reasonable expectations. Children get cranky and tired; don’t let their mood swings discourage you.