Anyone who knows me, or has visited this site, knows that I am a traveler. I absolutely adore getting out there and enjoying the sights and sounds that this planet has to offer. What some of you may not know about me, is that I am also a family man. I enjoy spending time with my wife, children and grandchildren. I’ve spoken quite a bit about traveling solo, but I don’t believe I’ve ever discussed traveling when with your family. With that being said, I figured I would offer some tips and tricks on how to travel with more than one person.
Choose Your Destination Wisely
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to cover all of your bases. When choosing a destination to travel to, you have to make sure that it is a location that is appropriate for both adults and children. For example, if you’re traveling to DisneyLand, that is a location that is specifically designed to entertain both adults and children. However, a location such as Las Vegas has several areas that do not allow children on the premises. You will need to plan accordingly. Additionally, you should be traveling to locations that can accommodate your particular needs (i.e. do you still need to use a stroller for your children, will you and your children be interested in the location?, etc.).
If you have some children with you, you will absolutely need to ensure that you bring any and all essential items. Obviously, you want to pack lightly when traveling as it cuts down on hassle and baggage fees, however, when traveling with children, sometimes you must make sacrifices. It’s far better to be prepared with items like wipes, bottles, diapers and snacks and carry a bit more than to be underprepared when your child begins to throw a fit. Know your children, know your situation and pack accordingly.
Take Your Time
If you’ve traveled by yourself for years, you may not be used to traveling with a family, and so you move quickly from one place to another, and that’s understandable. However, when you’re with a family, things are different. You must travel at their pace and not rush things. Besides, you’ll want to savor the moment anyways, so take a deep breath and slow down.
Traveling with a family can be challenging, but if done right, it can become one of the most memorable experiences of your life. Travel smart, be safe and have fun!