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Traveling with your kids a great experience both parent and child, but it can also be a challenge. You probably want your child to experience the world, try exotic foods, and learn about other cultures, and while that will probably be a lot of fun, your kid also probably has a few things in mind that they consider fun. It’s important to remember that they are still kids and that it’s their vacation too. Here are my tips for making the most of every family vacation.

Pick something for everyone.

Each member of your family should get to do something that’s special to them. Sometimes that will the kids are thrilled but the parents not so much. Sometimes one sibling is enthralled, and the other can’t wait for it to be over. Families don’t all have to enjoy the same activities and interests, but they can all support each other and share family time, so everyone gets something unique out vacation time.

Lay out reasonable options for the trip, and (as long as there’s enough time to do them all) let everyone pick their favorite thing. Kid’s especially have a tendency to be overly concerned with “fairness.” If you make sure each person gets a say, you can stave off any disagreements come actual vacation time.

Be flexible.

Of course visiting Salt Lake City for Christmas would make for a memorable and probably white christmas, but it also is going to be one of the busiest and most expensive times to fly, stay in a hotel, rent a car, etc.

Especially for families with young children, picking a vacation time that’s not at the height of travel season is going to make your trip more affordable, less stressful, and overall more enjoyable.

Pick a kid friendly hotel.

Most hotel searching sites will let you search by “family friendly” options. While staying in a hotel with fine linens, high-end room service, and a swanky bar is great for when it’s just the parents, your kids are likely not going to be as impressed with the accommodations.

The last thing any parent wants when trying to relax on vacation is for the kids to get bored. Picking a family friendly hotel ensures that there’s plenty to both in and nearby the hotel, plus concierge who are prepared with family fun activities to recommend.

Bring some comforts from home.

Kids often get homesick, and there’s nothing like a crying child just wanting to go home to make your heart sink. This is obviously most important for young children, so make sure you have their favorite blanket, toy, a few games/puzzles, or other small things that can remind them of playing at home if being away too long starts to feel stressful.

Take pictures.

Organizing your little group to and from can get hectic, but don’t forget to stop and snap some pictures. These are the moments you’ll want to treasure for a lifetimes. If you’re moving to fast, you might miss them.

Final Thoughts

Traveling is great experience for kids and adults. Make sure you’re ready for all your travel plans entail when you bring along the whole family. What are some of your favorite tips for traveling with kids?