Today we are talking about what to do on vacation. Not where to go, when to take it, or those kinds of details but actually what you should do once you get there. From a busy Mom’s point of view, its all about advance planning because whether you like it or not, you’ll still have to make sure your family is clothed, fed, well rested, and generally entertained. So now that you’ve made your reservations and general arrangements, check out my tips about why it’s time to make a vacation schedule.
Why do I need a schedule?
Family travel is no different than a day at home. It will require transportation, meals, activities, and resting times. What it may lack is a sense of urgency but it definitely holds a deadline ~ you only have reservations for so long. So you need a schedule to help you manage travel logistics, map out meals and activities to manage expenses, and to allocate your time in the way your family will enjoy it most.
How should we spend our time?
This is entirely unique to your family. Ask each family member to make a list of their top 3 things they would like to do while on vacation. Look for similar interests in each list and then plan your week around what the greatest number of people wants to do. Don’t promise more than you can deliver and know that not everyone will agree. But by taking time to listen and create memorable experiences, you’ll all come out winning in the end.
What if my family doesn’t want to do anything?
Do a happy dance! The worst thing you can do for a family that wants down time is force them to be active. You know your family well and your goal is a vacation that is a joy. First and foremost, choose vacations that allow the group to rest. For me, it’s the beach because doing nothing involves hours ocean or pool side and all the relaxation I could ever hope for. The kids are naturally active, operating without any concern for time or a deadline, and often more than worn out at the end of every day. That means “Mom I’m bored” just doesn’t have a chance to happen.
What if my family won’t sit still?
Get out ahead of their active selves and do your research now. Visit your hotel or rental property website to learn about the accommodations and any free resources available to you such as pool, playground, and recreational facilities to use. Reserve equipment ahead of time that you might not plan to bring, such as bikes or golf clubs. And then visit the local Convention & Visitors Bureau website to find comprehensive listings of local events during your stay, special package deals or discounts for attractions in the area, videos overviews, and sample itineraries of how to spend your day around your interests.
I can’t wait till our family vacation later this summer offering us all a change of pace and so much fun. Tell me…
How will you plan your vacation days?
Thanks so much for stopping by ~ see you next time!!!
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