Everyone Happy on Family Trip

Photo Credit: Connie Roberts/Disabled TravelingMom

Want to avoid “Are we there yet”? Don’t want to see another frown? It is possible when each member of your family is happy during a family trip. Even if you’re traveling with a 6 month old, a teenager and a grandparent it’s possible to enjoy your time together while you’re on vacation.

  • Include everyone on the planning. Allow each person to choose one special attraction, restaurant, etc. And add a “no whining” rule when taking part in that activity if you didn’t choose it.
  • Accept that the whole family doesn’t have to spend every waking moment together. Sometimes a water park is just the kids and parents while golfing is for the older adults.
  • Allow extra time for everyone to get ready. The biggest arguments can be over the use of the shower and time to primp and polish. It may be worth it to rent a suite with two bathrooms or two hotel rooms.
  • Be flexible. This is easier said than done for those of us who like to plan everything down to the second. If you have that issue, get therapy before your trip. If not, listen to some Jimmy Buffet and drink a few cocktails.
  • Relax a lot.  Look at the stars, sit by the ocean, listen to the birds, and go for a massage. Everyone needs some time for themselves.
  • Make use of the children programs. In fact, make sure that the resort has activities for kids. They’ll have fun away from their parents and give you some quiet time.

What are some suggestions you have for happy family trips?