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Choosing A Vacation Destination When You Have Kids

There are plenty of times when you can feel like a family vacation is just too much work. After all the planning and traveling, chances are you’re just too tired to enjoy it! Fortunately, there are plenty of destinations that make a family vacation with your kids a pleasure. Of course, careful planning goes a long way too. So what do you need to do to choose the right vacation destination for you?

Firstly, think about the distance. Tiny tots don’t enjoy long journeys in the car. Internal flights could be a better option. If you can keep the flight time down, then you know you can manage essentials like nap time and feeding to suit the itinerary. Most plane passengers accept that kids can get bored, rowdy, and even teary. That doesn’t stop the poor moms feeling awful about it though.


Family friendly destinations are a must. Fortunately, there are hundreds of great places all over the US and Canada that fit that bill. If you are considering Canada this year, double check the Official Canada ETA website before you book, in case you have any additional travel document requirements to complete. Then you’ll be set to enjoy the stunning scenery around the National Parks. Or perhaps you’re keen for a movie studio tour in Vancouver?

The big theme parks in Florida are expensive. If you think this could be your ideal family vacation destination this year, you’ll need to budget! It’s true there really is something for everyone. And it’s true that you’ll never run out of things to see. But if you’re not careful, you’ll run out of money to see it all. Some families save money by renting an apartment nearby instead of staying in the park hotels. This might be easier for young families too.

Of course, theme parks might not be what you’re after. Perhaps you prefer something more peaceful? Camping under canvas is hugely enjoyable for the kids, but perhaps not as much for you. Instead, you might be interested in renting a cabin or even an RV. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors. These kinds of vacations are particularly enjoyable when shared with extended family too. There will be more trusted adults around, giving you each more chance for a break.



Special diets can make planning a vacation particularly hard work. It doesn’t matter where you go, you might face the same challenges when you eat out. This is another reason why self-catering vacations are so popular. You can shop for the foods that suit you and then prepare them the way you like. Of course, that does mean you don’t tend to get much time off from those domestic goddess duties! But it does open up so many more destinations to you.

When you’re traveling on vacation with the kids, there is so much to think about. Their temperament, the mode of transport and accommodation needs are just some of them. Try to pick vacations that give you a bit of a rest too! Most importantly, have fun.

11 comments :

  1. These are all great tips. It can be very challenging to go on vacation with the kids, and it's so important to make their needs the priority. Otherwise no one has fun!

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  2. I would love to visit Canada. It is on my bucket list. We travel during the school year, because of crowds and such. I do local, drivable vacations during the Summer!

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  3. Vacationing with a teen is hard sometime to. They are over the kiddie parks but not yet into a historical trip so we meet in the middle. I am loving your ideas.

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  4. I really like your tips. I love the tips on budgeting and considering an apartment instead of a hotel.

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  5. We love going camping! Such a great way to unplug and get the kids out exploring!

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  6. We have a few vacations planned this summer. Thanks for the tips. You are right. It is so important to budget and figure it all out in advance.

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  7. It always seems like no matter what we do on vacation with the kids, I always come back exhausted! I'm going to try to relax more this summer!

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  8. These are great tips for choosing a holiday destination when you have kids. Both my two loved traveling in the car when they were little, but we live in the UK so the most we would ever be on the road for was about 5 or 6 hours, and we'd stop regularly at service stations for a break :)

    Louise x

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  9. Finding kid friendly travel destinations can be hard. I try to relay on the advice of friends and bloggers.

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  10. I really enjoyed reading all of your suggestions!

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  11. Good tips! We have a 14-month old and a seven year old, so we definitely have challenges when traveling.

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