It’s been awhile since you’ve hit the road with the family and taken a trip so you’ve finally decided to start planning your next getaway. If you’ve already hit a roadblock in the planning process, here are some great ideas to consider for your family based on age. While some trips are perfect no matter what age your children are, others may be more age-appropriate than others. These destinations make for some of the most popular vacation spots for busy families.
For Small Children
It’s challenging to wrangle small children on a regular basis and even more so while you’re traveling. Some places are designed to cater to small children so parents have an easier time. Many theme parks are family-friendly and offer great perks to guests, such as stroller repair, breastfeeding areas, and services that will deliver your packages back to your room so you don’t have to lug your souvenirs all around the park. This makes them a great option for parents with small children. If crowds and theme parks aren’t for you, consider turning your vacation into a staycation and explore different places in your local area. You may be surprised at how many child-friendly activities are available to the little ones in your town.
As your children get older, they may not be as interested in photo ops with large mice and cartoon characters and want a bit more freedom to go off and do their own thing. While you may not be a fan of letting your children out of your sight in a large city, booking a western caribbean cruise may be the bet option in this situation. While cruise ships are fairly large, your children still won’t be able to wander too far but will be able to have a bit of freedom. They have tween-themed nightclubs on board most ships to entertain your kids in a safe environment so you can relax poolside guilt-free. You’ll also get a chance to see exciting new places without a lot of planning, since cruise directors often take care of the trip details you’d usually handle when planning a trip, which can take even more stress off your plate.
For Older Children
Traveling with older children often comes with less luggage since you aren’t hauling strollers and diaper bags around. It also comes with more freedom to choose places that may be a bit more adventurous than theme parks. If you want to create a memorable family vacation experience with your older children, consider a trip that will let them be active, such as exploring the many state parks around the country. There’s no better family bonding experience than a family hike followed by a relaxing evening by the fire to create lasting memories of your trip.
For Adult Children
Once your children are grown and have a family of their own, it can be difficult to get everyone together on a regular basis. To make things easier for your adult children and their families, consider planning a trip to a beach house, cabin, or other place where you can all stay together in one place under one roof. Spending a week or two together in one location can make it easier for those who have small children of their own and the time together will bring you closer together to make memories of your trip. If your children don’t have families of their own yet and travel is a bit easier for them, you may want to consider planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip abroad to experience a different country and culture together as a family.
While planning a fun family vacation can be stressful for parents, these ideas can kickstart the brainstorming process. Regardless of where you choose to go, being able to get away with your family to make lasting memories is one of the best parts of taking a vacation and you’ll have fun with your loved ones whether you’re adventuring through state parks or snorkeling in faraway lands.