First mistake: Forgetting the kids! (image)
With summer fast approaching, you will no doubt be planning your annual family vacation. Woohoo! What could possibly go wrong? Everything, especially if you don’t take the mistakes mentioned in this article into account. To maintain those healthy family relationships you are trying to build, you need to avoid the following. Otherwise, it will be a very difficult holiday for all of you.
Mistake #1: Not letting your kids in on the planning
You don’t want your kids planning every aspect of your vacation – you will only end up at the theme park every day if you do – but you should still include them in your planning to make sure they get the holiday they need too. Otherwise, you are guaranteed to hear those infernal words “I’m bored” if you have only placed museums and flower gardens on your holiday itinerary.
Mistake #2: Choosing the wrong hotel
For starters, you really do need to get on TripAdvisor for hotel reviews. This way, you will avoid a stay at some rat pit that is miles from anywhere and possibly in disrepair. You also need to book a stay at a family-friendly hotel. Some hotels don’t tolerate the sight or sound of excitable children, while others, such as the Fairfield Inn & Suites Harrisonburg do all they can to attract families, with water parks and the like.
Mistake #3: Doing everything in one day
So much to see and do and so little time to do it. Well, unless you run around like a headless chicken on a whistle-stop tour of everything. Still, you will only exhaust yourself if you do, and your kids will have a hard time trying to catch you up when you’re running to the next thing. So what we are saying is this. Slow down! Only put the must-see items on your itinerary and if you have time for anything else afterward, then all the better. It’s about quality, not quantity, so take the time to enjoy whatever you are doing.
Mistake #4: Forgetting the first-aid kit
Always always always carry around a first-aid kit with you. We aren’t talking about something huge, as you can buy handy travel kits that won’t take up much room on your travels. Considering the various health hazards, from scuffs on knees when clambering up rocks, to staying under the sun for too long and getting sunburn, make sure you have the right stuff packed into the kit for every conceivable situation.
Mistake #5: Sweating over the small stuff
Mistakes will happen, including those we are mentioning in this article. While we are trying to help you avoid holiday blunders, you can guarantee something will go wrong. Your child will go to the toilet in the swimming pool, your dog will run off with the hotel key, and you will probably realise you have left your toothbrush at home. Rather than getting stressed and annoyed at yourself and your family, chill out and calm down. Flapping around won’t help, and you will ruin everybody’s holiday experience. Most things aren’t ‘the end of the world,’ so don’t sweat the small stuff, and remember that there is no such thing as a ‘perfect holiday.’
What about you? Is there anything we have missed on this list? Have you made any holiday mistakes when away with your family? Let us know, and give us all a chance to avoid those vacation blunders!