How to Keep Your Cool While Traveling with Family

How to Keep Your Cool While Traveling with Family

Family trips can be crazy, yes, but a vacation can be amazing with a little planning.

Spring break is fast approaching, and summer’s not too far behind. You know what this means — the season of family vacations is upon us.

It is possible to have a family vacation everyone loves, but the key to minimizing the stress on everyone takes a bit of preparation beforehand. Here are my top five tips for keeping your cool while traveling with family:

1. Once you’ve decided on a destination, get everyone in the family involved in the planning.
Several weeks before your trip, get your kids travel guides for where you’re going, and once everyone has looked at their guides, call a family meeting to discuss what each person might enjoy doing. Having each family member take ownership of some part of the vacation helps keep everyone happy.

2. Consider Renting an Apartment Instead of Staying in a Hotel.
To help ease costs, I've become a big fan of short-term apartment rentals. They’re often about the same price as a mid-range hotel, but since there's a kitchen, you can save on meal costs by buying groceries and fixing a couple of your own. Another bonus: There's no rush to get up and out in the early morning, to get out of housekeeping's way, because, well, there is no housekeeping. And finally, it’s nice for family members to have a separate room for retreating, if and when a bit of alone -time is needed.


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3. Don’t Discount the Charm of Vacation Picnics
I’ve become a huge fan of the picnic in recent years. It’s cheap, it’s tailored to everyone’s tastes, and it can happen anywhere you go: city parks, the beach, the mountains. Simply stop at a grocer’s and grab some breads, cheeses, cold cuts and fruits, along with some drinks and a portable picnic blanket, and you’re absolutely good to go — with smiles all around.

4. Get Your Kids Some Journals
I'm a big fan of journaling and have been buying journals for my daughter since she could hold a crayon. Having your kids keep a journal and some writing utensils in their daypacks every day can be invaluable when they’re bored or when they’re somewhere that doesn’t allow photography — they can simply sketch what they see. And once you’re back at home, they’ll have a little souvenir to flip through of the trip that that they created themselves.

And here’s a bonus tip: If you’re in the mood to splurge, some of the best money I’ve ever spent was purchasing a camera and a few packs of film for my daughter to use on holiday. There’s nothing like the magic of watching the tangible image appear when your kids take their shots. You can also buy a disposable film camera for them, or be sure to hand your camera phone or camera over to your kids occasionally for them to take a few shots. Having their own photography memories can make the trip feel so much more special to them, and having the images to add to their journals makes the excursion even more real once they return.

5. Do Something Meaningful as a Family
Sometimes the best way to remind yourselves that you love each other is do make sure you do something particularly meaningful on your trip. It can be as simple throwing coins in a fountain and making a wish together. Just doing something to create a special memory of your time together on holiday would be wonderful for your kids, and honestly, for you as well.

When she isn't sharing tips on StyleUnited on how to add more awesome to your life, you can find Karen on She's on a mission to prove to you that your life is filled with different, unique moments of beauty, starting with her book, The Beauty of Different. Her work can be seen on, TEDxHouston and USAToday.

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You just to set your mind on track, tell yourself it's your vacation too. Be sure not to get rooms with kitchettes, you'lla Be cooking Big Bad decistion!

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thanks ...... :D

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Nice one...

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Thanks...will keep these in mind next time!

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