- Jennifer, who said, "My advice for the perfect family-friendly vacation is to rent a vacation house with another family. That way you can swap babysitting or have girls/guys nights out. We’re doing this with friends in Mexico this winter!"
- Deidre, who said, "Try not to accomplish too much in one day. Always keep food with you and whenever possible rent a house instead of hotel room. More space and allows the kids to have at least a few normal home cooked meals. Interestingly, I have found a number of houses that worked out to less than a small hotel room in terms of cost."
- Nicole, who had a lot of tips!
- If it’s a long trip, stock up on kid-friendly car activities,like coloring books, puzzle books, small toys, etc. Or, my personalfavorite from traveling with my grandparents every summer: road Bingo!(Using road signs as Bingo spots)
- I agree with saving the big trips until the kids are older, likeDisneyland. My mom waited until we were all old enough (and tallenough) to go on all the rides and enjoy the full experience, not justthe "It’s a Small World" one.
- There are "family" vacation places and there are "adult" vacationplaces. Don’t assume they can be interchangeable. My bosses went on acruise with their 1-year-old and spent the entire time in the cabinwith him since there was no child care available for children under 5,and kids had to be potty trained before they could go in the pool. Theywere all miserable by the end. Do some research ahead of time to seewhat kind of activities are available for kids and what age range isacceptable.
- Incorporate as much interactive activity as possible. Kids do notenjoy walking tours, sightseeing, or any other "grown-up" things. Ifyou’re going to Italy, grab some helado before you see the Vatican. Ifyou’re going to Mexico, schedule a swim with the dolphins. Basically,make it fun!
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