Want to be bold? Try traveling with your family members. That’s right. Plan a trip that includes everyone — young and old.
The thought of traveling with so many people, let alone your family members, can be a bit overwhelming. However, don’t be afraid, my fabulous friends. This past week, our family went to Disney World. From Disney’s Hollywood Studios to their Toy Story Land, there were so many incredible opportunities to create memories. I’m happy to say that we all agreed that we must do a trip like this again.
Before you book a trip for a bunch of your family members, here are some tips that will make the experience one that must become a tradition.
Skip the hotel. Try another option.
With such a large group and the desire for family time, we considered an Airbnb. We wanted to be in one house instead of in connecting rooms at a big hotel. So, we searched for an Airbnb that had enough rooms to accommodate everyone, was fairly close to Disney World, and included more amenities than what a hotel offers — all without breaking the bank. We found an incredible Airbnb that met all our needs. Have you considered this option?
Have a plan, but be flexible.
You’re on vacation, so leave time to be spontaneous. However, when the whole family is traveling along, you may often need to consider the schedules of children. A schedule is very helpful for children while traveling since they respond well to structure. Let them know one or two things that are planned for the day, but feel free to use this opportunity to teach them how to be flexible, too. If you get off schedule, relax!
Capture the moments, but don’t disappear.
I’m a photographer, so y’all know I love to capture photos and videos. One thing I learned, however, is that it is easy to disappear behind the camera or the phone. While traveling with family, it is absolutely wonderful to document your time in hopes of one day walking down memory lane. On the other hand, you don’t want to spend so much time capturing all of the moments that you forget to be in the moment. I also recommend setting aside time for posting to social media.
Have you ever taken a big family trip? What are your suggestions?