Summer Travel: 5 Tips for Planning A Stress Free Family Vacation

Who’s planning to do some traveling this summer? We love to travel as a family a couple of times per year, and the summer time is so perfect. If you’re planning to travel with your family this summer, you’ve GOT to read these tips for planning a stress free family vacation, sponsored by Scholastic!

kids jumping at the beach

School is getting ready to let out for summer break, and we are so excited! We have a couple of travel destinations on our list this year. Planning and preparing for your time away is essential when traveling with your family, especially when it involves family members of different ages and life stages. Nobody wants to come back from a vacation and feel like they need another vacation!

Adults pool with swim up bar at MELIA Vacation Club Cozumel All Inclusive Hotel

Whether you’re headed to an island in the Caribbean or one of the Disney Parks, you CAN plan a stress free family vacation, you’ve just got to organize and schedule everything ahead of time! The last thing you need is to get lost, miss a flight, and be scrambling to find some kids travel activities to keep them busy. Here are some tips to get the most out of your vacation and spend quality time with your family.

Summer Travel: 5 Tips for Planning A Stress Free Family Vacation

Kids with Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Disneyland

Prepare, pre-book, prepay for everything far in advance

If you’re doing the vacation planning for your family, make sure that everyone is on the same page and agrees with the destination, dates, times, prices, activities, and all other aspects of your itinerary. Booking in advance will ensure that you get the best available flights and hotels, keeping the family together. Communicate well with all family members and keep a complete itinerary for everyone.

Don’t take on too much, delegate tasks to other family members 

You’ve taken care of the flights, hotel, and ground transportation arrangements, why not allow someone else in the family to make dinner reservations or book a snorkeling tour for all of you? This is one of my favorite ways to make traveling with the family a little easier, less for you to think about means you’re that much closer to a stress free family vacation!

Leave space in your itinerary for free time

It’s always nice to have the day after arrival to settle in, explore and relax, as well as the day of departure. This gives all of you time to enjoy some free time after traveling for so long, because doesn’t want to hang out by the pool for an hour or two?

Keep extra snacks and activities handy

These are the most important things to have, for both kids and adults! I know that I can get a little cranky when I haven’t eaten, and having snacks and drinks is great to keep everyone happy. Also, parents can help occupy the kids on airplanes, trains, and even road trips with the awesome resources from the “Can’t Wait for School Break” collection by Scholastic. There are ideas to keep the kids busy while on the go, where to find fun kids travel audio books, the best children’s book apps, free printable activities and more.

Work and home life should stay there

The last thing you need to worry about is work and home life. “Did I pay the water bill?” “Should I check my email?” “Did I finish the last part of that project?” Isn’t this what you’re trying to get away from? Stop thinking about all of this, it will be there when you return home.  Enjoy the time you’ve got with your family, and have an amazing vacation!

Family at KOA Campgrounds, mommyGAGA

For family travel planning tips and ideas, visit Scholastic’s Can’t Wait for School Break resource page. I love some of the ideas on there, enjoy your stress free family vacation! Oh, and don’t forget to take your family photo on vacation for memories to look back on that will last forever.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Disney. The opinions and text are all mine.


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