Summer is fast approaching. And when summer time comes around, school will soon be out and the kids will be stuck at home, bored stiff. They will endlessly ask for things to do so be prepared with a really long list. Better yet, why not go on a family vacation? Summer is definitely the best time to go on a vacation and have quality family fun.
Don't be scared of the seeming numerous things that you have to do and prepare before you can actually go. Let this article help you from the planning, choosing the places to go and do, and the things that you have to pack with you. Stress be gone - its for you to get excited.
For starters, think about where you want to go and what you want to do. Don't forget to consider your budget, of course, because everything pretty much relies on how much you are willing to spend. To make everything more fun and exciting for everyone, you should involve your kids with the planning. Find out their interests and what activities they enjoy doing. If they're old enough to read, you can look at brochures together. If you're dealing with toddlers, you can try showing them pictures of the places you're thinking of going. Making them involved will up the anticipation and they'll definitely look forward to your family vacation.
Here are a few suggestions on where to go and what to do:
1. Theme Parks - it's great to go to theme parks because the entire day slips by so fast. You're not left to worry what to do next because there's never a dull moment in theme parks. The best part is you don't have to go anywhere else. It's a one-stop-shop. Some theme parks are even so big that you wouldn't get to see and experience everything in a day.
2. Water Parks - When the temperature's soaring, you need to cool down. What's the best thing to do? Head to where the water is! What's great about water parks is that they give your usual swimming-by-the-pool a twist - literally. They have slides of different heights, water falls, waves, and geysers. It's a fun way of beating the summer heat.
3. Beaches - no matter which beach you choose, the kids will love to play in the sand and swim in the waves. So if your budget is tight, you don't have to go to fancy resorts. Just head to the beach and soak up the sun.
4. City Tours - go somewhere you've never gone to before. If you've got kids who already go to school, ask them which city they want to go to that they've taken up in school. There are lots of great cities around and each one is welcoming you to do a little sightseeing and experience their local hospitality. Historical cities are your best bets because of their educational value. Most cities also have museums for kids that they'll love to roam around in. And don't forget to taste their local dishes.
5. The Great Outdoors - are you in for a nature trip? The Great Outdoors is the best place to teach your kids to appreciate flora and fauna in their natural habitat. Depending on how adventurous your family is, you can check adventure companies for packages designed for families. If you want to do it on your own, you can always check out National Parks. You can go hiking, camping, fishing, rafting, canoeing, or kayaking.
6. Other Side of the World - if your budget permits, why not go on a family travel to other parts of the globe? Your kids would sure love to experience firsthand the places they only read in books and learn from school. It's like going on a city tour on a larger scale. Just be sure to secure the necessary documents for travels abroad.
7. Train Tours - Hop on the tourist express and explore different places while on the railway. Some tourist trains even transform themselves for holidays and special occasions. Maybe you'll get to go on a special trip.
Upon reaching a decision on where to go and what to do on your family vacation, you're probably thinking what's next? You can try having a dry-run. Especially for families who've decided to go on a nature trip, you might want to stretch those muscles to prepare for the outdoors. If you've signed up for a hiking trip, you might want to start the kids with walking short distances, then on to longer ones, so that they would be up for your adventure.
It would also be a great idea to read up on your destination. You can engage the kids in a little reading time by going through brochures or books about the place or places you'll be seeing. It will pique their interest on the upcoming trip and at the same time, educate them all the more. If you have older kids, they can go online for more information.
When packing clothes for your trip, consider the weather or climate in the place or places you're visiting. Take note if you need waterproof clothing or airy, breathable pieces. If you're going on an outdoors adventure, better be equipped with the proper gear and gadgets.
Among the most important things that you should take with are the following:
1. First Aid Kit - there are ready first aid kits available in the market. You can easily grab one. But just in case you would like to make your own first aid kit, there are first aid kit lists online for your perusal and/or printing.
2. Medications - this could refer to vitamins, antihistamines, anti-asthma, or medicines for daily maintenance. Do not rely on the medicine's availability in the place where you are going. It's better to be prepared than sorry. Also, include bug spray and other insect repellents to your kit.
3. Extra eyeglasses - this is especially important to those who are blind as a bat without their glasses on. You never know what incidents may happen, so it's better to take your extra pair with you since you're never sure if there's an eye doctor who can immediately produce one for you where you are going.
Other things that you may also want to bring are photocopies of important documents such as driver's licenses, passports, and significant phone numbers. If you're traveling to exotic places, don't forget to consider taking vaccinations. Also, pay attention to travel advisories given by the authorities.
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