• Tips and tricks to get your family psyched for your next trip

    2016-01-08

    Getting your family excited about family travel can be difficult, especially if you have kids that vary drastically in age. It's important to focus on planning activities that cater to everyone's interests. This takes strategic planning and mastery of a few travel tricks.

    The destination is key
    According to Lonely Planet, you don't have to completely disregard your dream trip to accommodate the rest of the family. It helps to make a list of the destinations that you have dreamed of visiting and choose from there. The right choice often lies in how old your children are, as there are certain trips that work better for specific ages. For example, if you have younger children and notice that Southern California is on your list along with cities like New York, California may be the better option, as there is a wider range of kid-friendly activities to choose from. Pick destinations that have attractions such as zoos and theme parks to give the kids something to lose sleep over on the nights prior to your departure. However, set aside some time to do the the things you're excited about as well, like a cultural visit to an ancient museum. This way, everyone has something to look forward to.

    Don't plan alone
    One of the most exciting parts of a vacation is planning it. Get everyone enthusiastic and plan the trip with your family. According to Street Directory, allowing the kids to physically see the time allotted for the activities they're interested in will make them ecstatic to embark on the family trip. This way, they will also know exactly when time is set aside for you and what you want to do, providing you with the opportunity to get them excited about doing things they normally wouldn't like, such as a stroll through an art gallery.

    Watch a sneak preview
    Lonely Planet suggested watching a few YouTube videos or scrolling through some Pinterest photos regarding your trip. Whether it's a photo gallery of the resort your family is staying at, or a video documenting a few of the sites you'll be visiting, this is an effective way to tease your kids and make them want to be there. The news source also recommended viewing a movie that revolves around your destination, especially if you have young children. If you're taking a trip to London, for example, consider watching "Harry Potter" a few days before to not only give them a visual of exactly where you guys are headed, but to allow them to relate the trip to something they love.

    Leave time for everything in-between
    Although it's important to separate time for things that you and your kids want to do, make sure you seek out activities that everyone loves as well. The Street Directory suggested seeing live music and eating at renowned restaurants, as these are activities that everyone can enjoy. If you're a big sports family, go to a local sporting event such as a soccer match and, if you don't already, follow the team before you leave for the trip to make the game even more exciting.

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