|Sometimes traveling with another family can|
add to the fun and spread out responsibilities.
Here are tips for staying sane, embracing the excursion, and keeping it fun for all.
Before you go
- Choose destinations with something for everyone: Include educational opportunities, shopping, outdoor activities, and sports.
- Budget extra time, so you can enjoy the journey without feeling rushed.
- Be open to spur-of-the moment stops if you see something interesting along the way.
- Use the planning process as a way to bond with family members.
- Let older children scope out things to see and do along the way and at your destination by using the Internet.
- Provide everyone who is old enough with their own camera, even if it’s a disposable model.
Taking turns at the wheel can
give drivers a break.
- Leave work at the office—clear your calendar and your mind.
- Turn off electronic devices that demand attention.
- Stay in the moment so distractions won’t zap family time.
- Ditch your watch and slow down; go with the flow.
- Stash the DVDs and talk to each other in the car.
- Share thoughts about the day’s activities during meal times.
- Approach activities and see things from a child’s point of view.
- Stay in a bed and breakfast or family-friendly hotel to lessen the stress of imposing on friends and relatives.
- Build in time for young travelers to adapt to new surroundings.
- Stick to familiar sleep and eating routines.
- Avoid cramming too much activity into each day (schedule in naps, if necessary).
- Savor quiet moments, and treasure private time with children or spouse.
- Get a fresh outlook on your life and family while away from normal activities.
- Chill. Time passes too quickly to get uptight about anything
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier and free sources