Planning a get-away during spring break that involves family members with a wide mixture of ages, interests, and activities can be a challenge. Here’s how to plan a trip that’s enjoyable for each person from grandpa to baby.
Pick a special place that caters to all interests
Explore big cities like Los Angeles and San Diego because they offer zoos, museums, beaches, shopping and a variety of dining possibilities — special places and options that appeal to every traveler.
After picking the place, ask each family member to write down the activities they want to do, whether it’s going for a hike, a leisure day at the beach, visit the zoo, or spending the day at the museum.
With that information, the person planning is ready to design the itinerary. The challenge of planning an enjoyable trip for all is eliminated because you’re now planning exactly what each person wants to do. The activities can merge to enjoy another’s recommendations.
Consider the weather conditions
Remember that spring break is susceptible to colder and rainier days. Even the experienced and prepared travelers can’t control the weather. Don’t let rain spoil your hard-earned family vacation.
When headed to a rainy locale, prepare for stray showers when outdoors at a park or zoo. Carry easy to ‘fold and stow’ ponchos which is more convenient than carrying umbrellas. They cost next to nothing and best thing is they’re reusable and last many years.
Take the camera but pack it in a water-proof carrier or zip lock plastic bag.
Visit a bay beach where young children can explore tide pools and search for crabs and seashells. No one will care that it’s raining, you’ll be grateful to be outdoors!
Spend time with the adults
You love your children but need to spend time alone with your parents. Don’t worry about hiring a babysitter while on vacation. Go to the web and hire a caregiver to look after the children while you enjoy special time away with the older family members.
Sitters that offer respite care for adults are put through a rigorous screening process that includes an entrance exam, in-person interview and reference check from past employers. The caregivers come with theft protection and professional liability insurance to the tune of $2 million. Safety of clients is very serious to them.
You simply want time to bond with your parents while on vacation and HomeHero.org allows you to do exactly that.
Schedule some time alone
Everyone needs a break and time away from the other family members. Every day,each person needs a nice respite to nap or read a book. The children can spend time drawing or coloring. If you don’t, your trip will decline, and the older adults can get as cranky as young children.
Take group photos every chance you get
Hiring a professional photographer would be best but if you can’t afford it, recruit the help of a fellow tourist you’ve met on the trip. Be natural and let the pose follow its own course. The pose could be of the group gazing into the sunset or laughing with one another.
It doesn’t matter as long as the photo captures the memory of a family enjoying spring break together. This is what life is all about.
Partnered post provided to Jen is on a Journey.