How To Choose a Child Friendly Vacation

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Some families with small children think a vacation is out of the question. In reality, many families benefit from taking time away from their busy lives to go away for a vacation, even if it is only for a few days. These are stressful years for parents, and a vacation may be just what they need. There are many options for vacations that will ensure the entire family has a great time while away from home.

  1. The first step in any vacation is deciding how long you want to be away from home. The typical vacation is usually a week, but you can go for just a few days or for a few weeks if your budget will allow it. Some families can only afford a long weekend, but that doesn't mean they can't pack a lot of fun into those few days.
  2. Once you have decided how long you will be away, then you can decide what you want to do. This will depend on your budget, and how many people are in your family. Vacations can range from simple to extravagant, so decide how much you would like to spend, and where you would like to spend it.
  3. For a shorter vacation, you may want to consider taking your children to a family show. This might include The Wiggles, Dora The Explorer, or Sesame Street Live, just to name a few. It is very easy to turn an afternoon at a children's show into a vacation. Choose a city you would like to visit, and see what is playing. Once you find a show, plan to make a long weekend out of the trip. Going to the show will be just one activity. Add a trip to the beach, if there is one nearby, or add trips to any number of family activities that town or city may have to offer.
  4. For longer vacations, you might want to consider a family cruise. There are many cruise lines that have family vacation packages that include family activities as well as alone time for the parents. These cruises often have children-only activities, and the adults can use the free time to go to dinner alone, go dancing, or enjoy anything else the cruise ship has to offer.
  5. You can also choose an all-inclusive family resort for a great family vacation. These come with some of the same things you may find on a cruise ship, and many have babysitters on-site to allow the parents time to relax and enjoy alone time. These can be found in all parts of the world, and may include activities like skiing, hiking, boating, golf, amusement parks, and other family activities.
  6. Don't forget about Disney. Disney is always a great destination for families, and they offer many packages especially for young families on a budget. Disney also offers family cruises that will accommodate the need to spend time with your kids, as well as having some much needed alone time.
  7. If you don't want your vacation planned out for you, you may just want to choose a destination you can easily drive to, make your own hotel reservations, and decide upon your activities once you get there. Choose a hotel that won't charge a lot for children, and that is decidedly child-friendly. Some hotels and resorts offer babysitting for a fee, and you can decide on your own when you want family time, and when you and your spouse would like to be alone.
  8. To make family-friendly vacations, resorts, and hotels easier to find, you can look at online travel sites. Some have sections devoted to family travel, and will show you options you may not have considered. With sites like these getting creative to book your business, half of the searching is done for you.
  9. If planning and looking for a child-friendly vacation seems to be too much for you, call your local travel agent. They can find you great deals on family vacations that you may not be able to find yourself. They may already know where the best places are for young families, and they should have suggestions for you no matter where you want to go, or what you want to do.
  10. After you have decided upon your vacation, plan to make things a little easier for your children. Make a detailed list of essentials so you don't forget anything important. There is no need to ruin an entire vacation because you forgot your youngest child's favorite toy. Plan for travel friendly snacks and drinks for the car or airplane, and don't forget to get activities to keep them occupied while en route to your destination.


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