Family vacations are an excellent time to reconnect. As kids blossom into teenagers, they want their independence and tend to spend more time participating in extracurricular activities, hanging out with friends, at sporting events or working. At times your home may feel like a group of people living under the same roof without a lot of interaction. As kids grow older, family time is more difficult to juggle with busier schedules and multiple priorities.
With technology taking over our lives, it is important to find time as a family to communicate and make memories and most of all, unplug from cells phones and social media. Planning a trip away from normal day-to-day routines and deadlines can be the key to renewing family relationships. Getting teens involved in planning can help get them excited to get away and experience new things.
Vacations don’t have to be costly or extravagant. Spending time in a different environment can often open up opportunities for bonding that don’t exist under normal circumstances.
A family vacation gives you an opportunity to experiment, try new things and provide educational value for the whole family — whether it’s a vacation spent volunteering or trying out a zip-lining together for the first time. Below are some tips to consider when planning your family vacation.Accommodations:
Time is short, parents need to create time to get away with the entire family and keep those family relationships energized, engaged and exciting. Family vacations are an excellent tool to facilitate that. Sharing experiences together build strong bonds, builds self-confidence and creates an atmosphere conducive of letting your guard down. Take advantage of these times, document them, and treasure the memories you make together.