Finally! You’ve been planning this summer trip for months to celebrate your daughter’s high school graduation…your 50th anniversary…your birthday. This trip is a big investment. Airfares are at an all time high and you’ve not only paid for flights, but for the vacation house, the cruise or the adventure trip. Increasingly, we have to pay up front for travel. Now it’s nearly time to go and finally, everyone is as excited as you are. That’s gratifying since it wasn’t easy getting everyone on board with the idea, much less choosing a date. Whenever you travel with kids and extended family, everyone has an agenda and everyone thinks they know best. We came up with 51 different great ideas for summer family vacations! But whether you have booked a cruise, a trip to Europe or an adventure to Costa Rica, you still have a little work to do before you leave to make sure the trip goes as smoothly as possible. After all, you can’t return a vacation and you’ve spent too much time and money to let this trip get derailed. Here’s what you need to do:
Most important, relax. In the end, it is the journey together that matters most, not the destination. For more tips from Eileen, visit www.takingthekids.com and check out her new book, The Kid’s Guide to New York City.