8 Tips For an Exciting Family Summer Vacation

Whether you’re planning an at-home vacation or not, these 8 tips will help you experience an exciting and successful family vacation.

Do you have plans to go on a family vacation this summer? Or have you waited to make plans due to the current pandemic?

No matter if you’ve made plans or not, you can make your summer vacation fun and interesting for the whole family. How? With these 8 tips and suggestions to help you do just that.

Spend a Great Vacation at Home

If you haven’t planned a getaway due to the current restrictions, no problem! Here are three activities that will make you feel like you’re away on vacation:

Have a carnival day. This activity is sure to appeal to young ones, but adults will enjoy it too. Rent inflatable games for a day or two. Buy the kind of treats and snacks you’d usually find at carnivals, like cotton candy, caramel apples, and hot dogs. You could even set up a few booths where kids can play games to win prizes. Your kids will have a blast! 

Go camping in your backyard. When we say ‘in your backyard’, it could literally be in your backyard, or it could also be at a campground near you. The goal is to disconnect. If you’re at a campground, pack everything you need for your stay. If you’re in your backyard, forget chores or anything related to being at home, pitch the tent and camp like you were at a campground. Rediscover your inner child by doing fun outdoor activities with your little ones.

Become a tourist in your city. When was the last time you visited the tourist destinations in your region? Become a tourist in your own city. Book a guided tour, visit places of interest, do activities you wouldn’t normally do. You’re sure to discover places and activities you never knew existed!

Tips for a Successful Vacation, Both At Home and Away

Whether you’re going off on an adventure or camping in your backyard, some basic principles will help make your family vacation fun and successful:

Keep your routine. This is important, especially if you have young children. Stick to the same eating and sleep schedule. Don’t neglect nap time in the afternoon, and be sure to set a reasonable bedtime. A vacation is always more enjoyable when you enjoy a great day with well-rested, cheerful children.

Bring something to keep the kids busy. Whether you’re visiting a museum or going on a road trip, bring books, audiobooks, and games to keep the kids busy. The activity or drive will be less time-consuming for them and more enjoyable for you if they have something to keep them occupied.

Stop for a treat. Even if you’re usually strict on sweets, remember this is your family vacation; act accordingly. A short stop for ice cream or a special pastry will delight kids and adults alike.

Bring snacks. Always have something healthy for the kids to snack on, like nuts or fruit.

View the unexpected as an adventure. Let’s face it; things rarely go as planned. Your car gets a flat tire, you take a wrong turn and get lost. So view every unexpected event as an adventure, a piece to your vacation puzzle. By treating them as such, you’ll make the most of every situation, and it’ll make for an exciting story!

Have an Unforgettable Vacation!

Vacations are a time to relax and spend quality time with your family. You don’t have to be halfway around the world to do this.

Even if you’re limited in your travels, you can find exciting activities for the whole family with a bit of ingenuity. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s often the little things that make a vacation unforgettable.