A vacation is a fun way to bring different members of the family together for quality time that’s often hard to come by in busy day-to-day life, and to make memories that will last a lifetime. Planning a trip that satisfies the different personalities and age groups that span your whole family, however, can sometimes be tricky.
Fortunately, if you do your research and communicate with one another about what you want out of a family vacation, you’re in for an exciting adventure that will bring you closer than ever before. Here are a few tips to get you started as you plan the perfect family trip!
1) Choose a destination that has something for everyone.
Kick off your vacation planning with a family meeting in which you can get an idea of what everyone is looking for out of this trip. Discuss the activities people are interested in, attractions they want to see, and the type of experience they hope to have (relaxing? Adventurous? Something in the middle?). From there, hop online to research destinations that can meet those needs.
2) Find accommodations conducive to family time.
It’s going to be difficult to truly bond and spend time together in a typical hotel room. Make the most out of your family vacation by renting a vacation home! With shared common areas for you to eat, lounge, and do other shared activities together, and individual spaces for everyone to retreat to as desired, you’ll get the best of both worlds.
You can even invest in your own vacation home and turn your trip into an annual family tradition!
3) Create a (light) packing list.
With so many people scrambling to get in the car or be ready in time for a flight the morning of your trip, it’ll be easy to forget something if you don’t write it down. Create a checklist ahead of time that you can review before you leave to ensure that nothing important gets left behind. Keep in mind though that it’ll be better to pack lightly, so you have less luggage to worry about when you’re trying to keep track of your kids.
4) Be flexible with your itinerary.
You might think it’ll be easier to stay organized by following a strict itinerary, but as soon as one person is running late or too cranky to wake up from a nap, your entire day will fall apart. Instead, keep plans loose so you can go with the flow based on your family’s needs and preferences throughout the trip. Going at your own pace will be more enjoyable for everyone than forcing them into activities they don’t really want to do just because they’re planned.
For a family vacation that everyone can get excited about, plan your stay along the beautiful waters of Fripp or Harbor Island! The team at Fripp & Harbor Island Properties can help you find the perfect vacation home to escape to year after year for some much-needed family time.
Give us a call at 843-301-0819 today to start the search for your family’s dream vacation property!