Vacations used to be much easier to plan before having kids. Back then, it was just two of us and the alternatives seemed endless and the thought process less complicated. You could select anywhere for a romantic weekend getaway according to its seclusion and warmth. You could select a location far away and exciting just because you had never been there before. Perhaps your personal best option was to go on prolonged hiking and camping trips with low levels of gear. Even if your vacation planning was something apart from this, whatever that choice used to look like before having a family compared to now seeking to prepare a family vacation, it truly is a more challenging task now.
Now there are more issues to keep in mind when traveling and arranging a family vacation. Depending on the age and number of your children there is a whole lot of gear that either has to be carried with you on your trip or purchased at your final destination. For someone on the move with infants or toddlers, there are considerations about automobile seats and strollers. For elementary schoolers, there is the concern of trying to keep them occupied and not driving you crazy or destroying something in their boredom. For older kids, it can be somewhat simpler to keep them occupied in the car, train, or aircraft, but as soon as the final stop is arrived at, then they will want an activity to do that is fun and that also allows them some independence.
After taking into account the child's concerns, there is still the consideration of the parents (and other adults if coming for the ride) who will be looking for a nice combination of family time as a group while still looking to have some alone time as well to remind them of what their old vacations where like.
We all need to reminisce and remember the good old days. Occasionally parents will discount their own wishes in vacation planning to defer to something entertaining for the children, even though the best plan would take the two factors into equal consideration.
Balancing each of the competing wants and desires of the family members to arrive at a family vacation plan that makes all people pleased or at least relatively pleased is not always an easy task, and is why family vacation planning is often a more complicated task than necessary. Not only that, but because there are monetary factors to consider, certain options that may satisfy everyone aren't available as viable choices since they are not affordable.
If money is tight, consider driving instead of flying. This could decrease the overall amount of options available, but after the trip is over a driving trip may have provided a far more memorable trip anyway. Not just that, but the organizing for a driving trip compared to a flying trip can be significantly different. Preparing kids for their 1st air travel experience is almost an exercise in itself. You will have to make sure that you are familiar with the most current security measures and rules to make sure that everything runs smoothly on departure day. comparatively, driving for 12 hours with a vehicle full of people also requires its own sort of planning for how everybody will remain occupied during the driving portion of the trip.
These are just some of the issues facing families as they try to choose the top vacation location for them to get the greatest experience possible and make the best memories. There are many choices to make in this process. Make a best effort at communication and coordinating and make the right choice to find the best vacation spot for your family.