Hassle-Free Ways to Travel with Your Family this Holiday

Traveling with your family can be a little tricky and challenging sometimes. From picking a destination that everyone agrees on to managing unexpected events and problems that can happen when you are stuck in a different country, there is a lot to deal with. 

You have to stay alert and cautious most of the time to protect your family on a holiday trip, which can affect your chances of actually relaxing and enjoying the holiday. This is why in this article, we have gathered some simple tips to help you enjoy a hassle-free trip with your family without worrying too much.

Pick Your Destination and Book the Accommodation and Flights in Advance

When traveling to an overseas location, you want to make sure every member of your family is on board. Pick a destination when planning your upcoming vacations wisely and consider everyone’s opinions. Your kids might not be keen on the same places you want to go to for the holidays. The same goes for your parents; they might not find colder countries convenient for their winter trip or they might think that an exotic country with a tropical climate isn’t in keeping with the holiday spirit they’re familiar with. Another good tip when it comes to preparing for your trip is to reserve the accommodation and flight tickets ahead of the trip date. Not only will this will be more cost-efficient, but it will also allow you to make perfect reservations.  

Protect Your Travel Papers and Documents

This is a pretty basic traveling tip, you need to make sure all your papers and tickets are stored safely in an accessible place. You don’t want to leave them in a very obvious place where they can get stolen or lost, especially in a foreign country like Costa Rica. Losing travel documents can destroy vacations, especially if you are traveling with your family or kids to the destination you’ve planned. Besides your own documents, you must keep your children’s passports and documents with you as well for safekeeping. You also need to make sure you have copies of important documents and that you keep them in separate bags to have a back-up in case you lose any of the original papers.

Pack the Essentials Only

While it is important to make sure you have everything your family needs, you shouldn’t over-pack or take unnecessary items. This will only slow you down and put you in tough positions, trying to carry both your bags and your children’s. Consider only packing the essentials, including enough clothes for the duration of the trip, one warm jacket depending on your destination, and all the medical supplies of each one of your family members. You might also want to pack a first aid kit and keep it in an easily accessible place in case of any emergency. Avoid packing toys, books, and other heavy or unnecessary items because chances are that your children will be distracted enough in a new and unfamiliar environment to need them.

The best thing you can do to prepare for a trip with your family is to plan everything well in advance and give yourself enough time to think about your choices and involve everyone in your decisions. The best-planned trips are those that both you and your family can enjoy. To enjoy this experience, make sure you pack only the necessary items, reserve your plane tickets and accommodation early, and follow the recommended COVID-19 precautions to ensure your safety.

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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