|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