Vacations are a break from your daily monotonous routine and what better way to unwind
than with the company of your loved ones?

Family vacations are a great time to relax and spend some quality time with your loved
ones. These vacations are important and special, especially for the kids as they make a lot of
cherished memories which last for a lifetime. Here are some easy tips to remember while
planning a vacation with your kids.

When to go?

This is the first question that needs to be addressed whenever planning a vacation with
family because when going solo, the only needs to be taken care of are yours but with kids,
their studies, exams, the total number of holidays to apply for and n number of other
factors have to be taken into account.

Best times to plan vacations are definitely are the seasonal school breaks –spring, summer
and winter. There is no need to worry about missing out on classes and other school
activities.

You can also go to places during their off-peak season and save some extra money. For
example, places in the northern hemisphere are more expensive during summers than in
winters, so you can take advantage and plan your perfectly economical trip during this time.

Where to go?

This is another crucial question that pops up as soon as planning for a vacation starts. More
the number of travellers more will be the interests and suggestions for places to go.

To address this, keep in mind that continuous long journeys can be very exhaustive and that
places with extreme climatic conditions should be avoided when travelling with kids,
especially when they are small. Try to accommodate everybody’s interests when deciding

where to go.

The developing countries are relatively cheaper than the developed countries. Their
economic prosperity has no correlation to their touristic value. Countries like Bhutan, Nepal,
and India etc. are known for their natural beauty, rich culture, heritage and other
attractions.

Create a budget

It is easier to lose track of the expenditure incurred on a trip so it is important to have an
estimate beforehand about how much you will be spending depending upon the number of
days, where you are going to stay etc.

Make early arrangements

When travelling with kids, it is prudent to make early arrangements like booking early
travelling tickets and hotel rooms to avail great deals, save money and avoid last minute
rush. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the cheapest days to fly while Fridays and Sundays are
the most expensive to book flight tickets for.

Where to stay?

Vacation rentals like Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO are a great way to get the local feel of
the place you are visiting at an economically viable price and also can have the option of
self-cooking if your children are not comfortable with eating outside food. Do check for
online reviews and testimonials before booking your hotel/stay.

Packing all the essentials

When travelling with family and kids, planned packing is never enough. You also have to try
and prepare for the unplanned. For example visiting a place like Leh-Ladakh in India where
the weather is highly unpredictable, carrying warm woollen clothes is a must. Similarly
carrying common medicines for headaches, stomach aches, nausea and the common cold is
advised.

Also if you are going for a trekking expedition away from the city, then you also need to
pack other essentials like mosquito repellents, raincoats, torch, batteries, power bank, dry
packaged food, nuts and energy drinks for quick energy refill.

Local sightseeing

It is best to hire a local travel guide or extract information from local travel agencies about
the best places to visit locally. They have accurate information that even famous search
engines don’t have. Also when visiting a new land with a different language, try learning a
few useful phrases like saying ‘hello’, ‘yes’, ‘no’, ‘thank you’, asking directions for the
washroom and ‘goodbye’. This will help you get around without any hassle.

Planning activities with your kids

Along with local sightseeing, you can plan a set of activities that will enhance the overall
experience of your vacation. These activities can include local bike rides, visiting museums,

art galleries and theme/adventure parks. Try the local cuisine with your kids to get them to
try something new and know about the diversity in food across regions.

Capture the trip

Click lots of pictures- not only of the big highlighting moments but also the small fleeting
ones. Months and even years after the trip these photographs will bring a smile to you and
your family’s face.

Buy small souvenirs like fridge magnets, cups, local handicraft etc. which symbolizes the
places you go to bring them back with you when you return.

Enjoy, relax and be present in the present

Last but not least, don’t forget that the core of any vacation is to relax and unwind. Try not
to cram too much onto your ‘to-do’ list and leave out the relaxing time.

Be present in the present with whom you are travelling, your mobile phone, calls, messages and social media
can wait and will be for you even once you return. So make your family the number one
priority on your list and be present with them.
These small moments together will make all the big differences and will bring you all closer
as a family. So open your calendar, pick out the suitable dates and take a beat from the
chaos of life and start planning a vacation with your family today.

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