We asked TravelingMom fans to share a travel tip in our Instagram challenge, sponsored by Allianz Global Assistance. WOW! The response was overwhelming. These are just some of the travel tips for family vacations from over 950 Instagram posts.
This post is sponsored by Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and I have received financial compensation.
Thank you to all our TravelingMom fans that participated in our Instagram challenge. We loved looking at your pictures, and your family travel tips are great.
There were so many; we simply could not fit them all in one post. But you can read all the tips on Instagram by searching for the hashtag #TMOMALLIANZ.
Travel Tips for Planning Family Vacations
- Go somewhere new every year!
- Find what makes you happy.
- Travel during special events.
- Research online for points of interest & activities.
- Just go. Sometimes you can skip the planning.
- Do your research and check the hotel ratings.
- Start planning fall travel in the summer.
- Seek out hashtags, Instagram, and Pinterest accounts from the place you’re planning to go.
- Call your bank and credit card companies to let them know about your travel plans.
- Don’t plan every second of your trip. Leave some time to explore and have adventures.
- Ask the locals for their advice on free things to do in the area.
- Call the hotel concierge and ask about weather, location, transportation, and things do.
- Prepare for the unexpected. Have phone numbers ready for local pharmacies etc.
Travel Packing Tips for Family Vacations
- Pack and then remove one outfit and one pair of shoes.
- Pack extra underwear, just in case of emergencies.
- Always carry a spare pair of prescription glasses.
- Pack dryer sheets to keep clothes smelling fresh or even to put inside smelly shoes.
- Bring headphones for everyone in the family. They drown out other noise and keep a room quiet when others are napping.
- Bring two pairs of sunglasses. They break easily, and you need them for sun protection.
- Leave room in your suitcase for souvenirs and shopping splurges.
- Pack essentials in your carry on and not in your checked baggage – medications, jewelry, money, and a change of clothes.
- Bring extra bags for purchases and also for wet/dirty clothes.
- Pack for all kinds of weather.
- Pack a travel first aid kit with ibuprofen, decongestant, bandages, etc.
- Having a small travel bag that’s easy to get to with quick changes of clothes.
- Pack sun protection – sunscreen, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses.
- Use luggage that stands out and is easy to identify.
- Put your name, address, phone number, and email somewhere inside your bag.
Tips to Make the Most Out of Your Family Vacation
- Ask a local what you should do first.
- Sometimes you need to search to find treasures on your travels.
- Get up early and see the views before everyone else arrives
- Find one of the tallest buildings and go up. You will get the lay of the land, and it makes for great pictures.
- Don’t worry about looking like a tourist.
- Skip nothing.
- Trips to stores can be a fun adventure filled with treats.
- Take a tour to learn the history of your destination.
- Know where the emergency exits are wherever you go.
- Take time to enjoy the views.
- Take at least one walk like a local.
- Set aside time to watch the sunrise or sunset at any destination.
- Seek out local art when traveling to a new city including graffiti and street art.
- Do as many excursions and activities as you can.
- Step out of your comfort zone and do something you wouldn’t normally do.
- Keep up with your exercise routine by getting out and hiking, walking, and just enjoying the new scenery while traveling.
- Enjoy and find all the beauty and amenities of your hotel/resort.
- Whenever you’re somewhere, be ALL there.
- Take a few minutes before bed to write down what occurred that day and how it made you feel.
- Seek out local shops for an authentic travel experience and to support the local economy.
- Send yourself postcards to have a surprise souvenir when you get home.
- Sometimes the journey is more important than the destination.
- Get to know the people around you when you wait in lines.
- Keep your money in 2 or 3 separate places.
Travel Tips for Family Vacations With Kids
- Be flexible.
- Never underestimate the appeal of a water park.
- When traveling to the major cities spend a day running around at the largest green space.
- Give kids space and time to explore before rushing off to the next destination.
- Make memories with your children. They grow up so fast.
- Don’t forget to get a little silly.
- Get kids on the water: gondola ride, boat ride, cruise, ferry boat, river tour. They like it all.
- Pick a vacation location where our kids can look forward to a challenge and feel a sense of accomplishment.
- Include a simple outdoor activity like a hike.
- Make sure your kids have your contact information in case they get lost.
- Start taking kids on plane trips when they are young, and they won’t mind long international travel when they get a bit older.
- Travel with young kids. They remember more than you imagine.
- It is okay to push kids to get out of their comfort zone.
- Travel at your kids’ pace to cut down on stress and frustration.
- Take your kids to visit places from your past.
- Bring your favorite board games in your carry on bag in case you get stuck with nothing to do.
- Start a souvenir collection that doesn’t break the bank. Pick up a patch, Christmas ornament, etc. every time you travel.
- Let your kids help plan your vacation.
- Don’t pet the local animals.
Travel Tips for Family Road Trips
- Open Google Maps and turn on satellite mode. Look for small unmarked/no-name dirt roads that take you away from the crowds.
- Yeti coolers are pricey, but on a cross-country trip, you won’t need to stop every few hours for ice.
- Sunburns can happen in the car even if you have tinted windows. Use sunscreen and sun shades.
- Don’t be afraid to pull over to the side of the road when you see something unusual or breathtaking.
- Let the kiddos rest on the road trip, and they will be rested and ready to have fun.
- Take the long route and enjoy the scenery and attractions.
- Know your route and keep tabs on the weather.
- Inspect windshield wipers, lights, and other emergency equipment regularly.
- Take an extra car key.
- No matter where the road takes you, there’s always time for a game of throw and catch.
- On road trips, stop often to let little ones out of their car seats.
- Pack a note card game with info on the next location.
- Use apps like iExit to find hidden gems for sightseeing or quirky pit stops.
Travel Tips for Family Vacation Dining
- Always ask if there is a secret menu.
- Chat with locals and find out the local specialty.
- Eat more dessert. Calories don’t count on vacation.
- Research before heading out and find local restaurants that have great reviews.
- Ask Google, Siri, or even Yelp for “Best restaurant near me” before you make your pick.
- Eat at local restaurants outside the tourist areas.
- Check out local bakeries.
- Eat at a food truck.
- Visit a farmer’s market
- Ask a local for the best ice cream shops.
Travel Tips for Saving Money on Family Vacations
- Explore buildings. It’s free.
- If you can’t afford a long trip, try finding short drive free places that you can visit.
- Pack a picnic lunch.
- Check out deals on public transportation.
- Take laundry pods, dryer sheets, etc. to save on expensive laundry supplies.
- Take a refillable cup and fill at a public water fountain.
- Check AAA for discounted tickets to local attractions.
- Plan the route on a road trip via apps for the best fuel prices.
- Visit college campuses.
- Find local parks where the kids can play.
- Take in a public live music event.
- Ask locals about inexpensive options for the whole family.
- Look for city discount passes for free or discounted admission, free transportation, and coupons.
Travel Tips for Family Vacations at the Beach
- Keep a small container of white vinegar in your beach bag in case you encounter a jelly fish.
- Don’t forget to put sunscreen on your feet; they burn super quick.
- Only bring necessities, i.e., ID, keys, and a few dollars. Keep the important stuff hidden in a diaper wipe box to prevent theft.
- Bring water shoes; shells can be rough on the feet.
- Shelling is best after a storm.
- Make sure your pump has the same size connector as your floaties.
- Always bring camping chairs to the beach- you never know when the beach could be rocky.
- Bring multiple swim suits.
- Bring a child life vest for open water fun.
- Buy your snorkeling equipment on the cheap instead of buying it at the resort.
- Bring a net to catch and release little critters.
International Travel Tips
- Make a copy of your passport and leave copy at home with a friend.
- Bring donations of clothing, books, and toys to churches and orphanages.
- Always read about that country’s customs. Know the rules beforehand.
- Dress up like locals and visit local markets.
- Learn common phrases of the local language.
Travel Tips for Family Vacation Photography
- Bring an extra camera battery or extra chargers for your cell phone.
- Every time you snap a pic be thankful for that moment. Be grateful for the time and opportunity to be where you are.
- Always give the kids a camera of their own. They shoot from a different angle and capture their siblings in ways no one else can.
- Mamas, don’t forget to get in some of the vacation pictures.
- Take pics of everything; the view is always changing.
- If you want a cool shot like this, you may have to wait for it.
- Create a picture tradition at a place where you often travel.
- Tag photos you post on social media with a unique hashtag to make image sharing easier.
- Bring a waterproof camera or waterproof case to capture the wet moments.
If you need more tips, check out How To Keep Kids Happy When Traveling: 7 Proven Tips and 11 Must-Read Tips To Eat Healthy On Vacation.