4 Tips to a Great Family Trip

Is it time for a family getaway?

For millions of families, time spent away from home can be beneficial on many fronts.

Among them:


  • Quality family time together
  • Taking a break from the office
  • Enjoy a well-earned vacation once the school year is over
  • Seeing parts of the country or outside the U.S. not seen before

No matter why you are thinking about getting away, you can have a great family trip if you all put your minds to it.

With that in mind, are you prepared to pack those bags and get going?

Make the Most of Your Getaway

So that your family can look back on this upcoming trip with a lot of positive memories, keep these four tips in mind:

  1. Plans

Always do your best to plan everything out as far in advance as you can.

In doing so, you not only have less stress going into your vacation, but you may very well save some money too.

For example, thinking about a trip across the border to Canada? If the answer is yes, you have so much to choose from.

Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, and other locations offer much to see.

If the latter spot is your choice, that thinking about Niagara Falls hotels gives you a lot to choose from. Your best bet is to give the respective hotels a shot to find you the best rates. By working with them as far out in advance as possible, good deals likely await you.

  1. Fly or Drive?

One of the toughest choices in traveling oftentimes is whether to fly or drive?

On the one hand, it of course will depend on where you are off to.

If going far from home, flying is many times your best bet. You may opt to drive if you’re going for an extended period of time or taking a camping trip etc.

If you do decide to drive, should you use your vehicle or a rental? You save money with the former, but the latter prevents you from piling mileage on to your car or truck.

No matter how you get to your destination, look at this opportunity as quality family time. That can especially be the case when the travel is in a vehicle.

From old family stories to making new memories, the time spent together can be enjoyable.

And if someone keeps asking if you are at your destination yet, tell them we’re almost there.

  1. Entertainment

Once you’ve all arrived at your destination, what plans are in place?

Although you do not have to be moving every hour you are there, do make some fun plans for the entire group.

An example of this would be visiting Niagara Falls.

Not only do the Falls themselves provide quite a view, but there is plenty of history in and around the area. From old forts to parks, there is plenty to do and see.

So that the kids do not get bored, make the history stuff exciting. Showing your children how they might have lived back in the day can be quite fun and entertaining.

Also, make your schedule so that you are doing easier activities in the evening hours. This is especially good when everyone is beginning to wind down.

  1. Create Memories

By taking pictures and collecting mementos, you and yours can have a lifetime of memories to.

With many people having cells phones, be sure to have enough room on your phone for both pictures and videos. The last thing you want is to go take pictures and all your space is gone.

Also grab some little souvenirs along the way. There are those you have to pay for and some that are free. By having a lot of these items to take home with you, you can relieve your funny family times again and again.

If the time is here for your family getaway, what are you waiting on?

Photo credit: Ryan Polei on Flickr. CC-BY-ND 2.0.

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