5 Tips for Reducing Stress and Tension on Family Vacations

5 Tips for Reducing Stress and Tension on Family Vacations 

By Kathy Steinemann

A family vacation can be a great time to bond and create new memories. It can also be a nerve-wracking experience if not planned properly. This article provides a few tips that will help you organize a relaxing and memorable holiday.Are you planning a family vacation? And are you dreading it? You can increase the enjoyment factor of any family holiday with a few simple guidelines. Here are five tips that will steer you in the right direction.

Select a Stress-Free Destination

Before you select a destination, research the Internet to evaluate the current conditions.

Avoid places with:

• Civil unrest or riots

• Gang wars

• Forest fires, floods, hurricanes, or tornadoes

• Disease outbreaks or poor health and medical standards

• Pronounced prejudice against your nationality or religion

Research Prices and Perks

The cheapest vacation isn’t always the best. Carefully weigh all other considerations and extras:

• Are food and beverages part of the quoted price?

• Are airfare and other transportation costs (like airport shuttle service) included?

• Do you have to pay extra for tours and activities?

• Will there be nearby activities that interest everyone in the family?

Spend Some Time Planning

Print out maps of the area. Find out where all the attractions are located. Try to find accommodations close to most of the places you intend to visit.

If you want to immerse yourself in local culture, consider renting a car and planning a few trips into smaller towns. Make sure that you allot sufficient time for everything. Don’t try to cram too many activities into any given time period.

Buy Travel Insurance Before You Go

Medical emergencies can spoil a vacation, especially if you do not have sufficient insurance to cover local treatment and emergency transport back home.

Make sure that your policy includes trip cancellation insurance and extra coverage for things such as hotel penalties.

Babysitting Services

If you would like to get away for an evening without the children, inquire whether babysitting services are offered by the hotel. When possible, ask other people what they think of the care. You can often find information with an Internet search like “NAME OF HOTEL babysitting reviews”.

Talk to the hotel staff and ask specific questions:

• Are the babysitting personnel trained in CPR and first aid?

• What are the prices? Are there discounts for extra children?

• What is the caregiver-to-child ratio? Will extra caregivers be added if necessary?

• Are there any organized activities? What are they?

While these tips will not ensure a perfect holiday, they will help to avoid many of the difficulties associated with a family vacation.

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