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If you’re hesitating to go on a family vacation because you’re daunted by the whole idea of planning a trip, you’re not alone. Many feel the same way. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to fight it and get started. It may not be as easy as you want it to be, but it sure is doable. Besides, the experience will be worth it. If you plan it well, a family vacation can be an exciting way to bond and make your relationships stronger.
If you’re a first-timer, these tips should be helpful:
Have a reasonable timeframe for making plans.
First of all, pick your vacation dates, regardless of whether you already know what you’ll be doing or where you want to go. One of the biggest problems most people have is finding the time and committing themselves to the plan. So yes, even if you still don’t have the specifics on this planned vacation, block your calendar as early as possible. For now, the idea is to condition your mind that you will be going on a vacation on those dates, and then the specifics will follow.
Give everyone the chance to participate in making plans.
Even prior to the actual vacation, all the planning alone is already a perfect chance for the family to bond, especially the children. Knowing that they contributed to the plans will make them look forward to the trip and enjoy it more. It’s okay to skip the pricey theme parks if your budget is limited. Kids enjoy simpler activities like visiting the zoo.
Pick a destination that all will enjoy.
You can never please everyone all the time, but if you choose a destination that is appealing to all, you can come close. If your group involves seniors or small children, planning a hiking activity may not be such a good idea. Hitting the beach will be just great – everybody can be as laid back or active as they want to be. Big cities give you more flexibility simply because they offer more attractions.
Begin a tradition.
Many people cherish precious memories of staying in the same ski lodge or lake cabin on a yearly basis, and this routine offers some value. If you start a tradition early on, children will more likely bring it with them into adulthood.
Again, the key is to plan your vacations well. Even if you and your spouse are usually very busy, it should not be a hindrance. You can always use the services of a travel agency if you need to. In any case, this has to be a family event that everybody looks forward to with every passing year.