Traveling with kids can be stressful. Especially if there is a significant age difference between them. Your fifteen year old daughter will most likely have very different interests than your seven year old son. If you want to save yourself the headache of making sure everyone is entertained, follow these simple tips.
Make sure you stay at a hotel or resort with a pool (or several) and take advantage of any activities that include swimming, running, hiking and other physical activities
. Many resorts include Kid’s Programs for different age groups. Try to book your kids for activities at the same hours so everyone will be available for family time at the end of the day.
Unless your goal is to drive everyone completely bonkers, make sure to book enough space for the whole family. If you have teenagers, it is best to allow them some privacy. The extra cost of booking a larger suite will be worth it when it’s time to get some sleep.
As complicated as planning a family vacation could be, it is even more so if you are dealing with hungry kids. Having an assortment of snacks at your disposal could make all the difference between a fun, relaxing vacation and a miserable one. Make sure you pack a nice variety of small snacks to keep everyone happy.
Who doesn’t love the beach? It has something to offer for people of all ages. Your teenager can swim and play volleyball, your little ones can build sandcastles, and you can sunbathe and read a novel (or scroll through Instagram). You can’t go wrong with some family beach time.
Learning to compromise is the key. Figure out which activities you can do together. If necessary, parents can split the responsibilities. For example, maybe daughter wants to go fishing and son wants to hang out by the pool. You can split up and meet back at the resort in time for lunch. Remember, you’re on vacation and the key is to have fun!