How to Decide Where to Go on Your Next Family Vacation

Family travel is super important to our family. In the middle of child-rearing, we realized the years were going by very quickly and our time was limited as a family of five, so we created a family travel bucket list and crossed all the locations off just as our oldest son graduated from high school. That was five years ago, and we've since added more locations to our family travel bucket list and have had fun crossing new places off the list. I've never regretted a single trip we've taken, and only wish we had traveled more! Making the time to travel with teens and young adults can be hard, so take advantage of the time you have when you have it! I think the hardest part sometimes is trying to decide where to travel next on your family vacation. Here are some things to take into consideration before you start planning.

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How to Decide Where to Go on Your Next Family Vacation

Every family has a different idea about the perfect family vacation. Some families want to see all the things and others want to relax and take things slow. 


Sometimes it feels like the travel options are endless. But that can be overwhelming, so I'm here to help give you a few tips so you can help narrow down your search and plan your next family vacation destination!

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Get a Passport

Don't limit your options! Every person in your family should have a passport. My passport is probably my most treasured possession mostly because I see it as the gateway to the world! And I look at it as a gift I can give my children. When you have a passport, the possibilities are endless!

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Consider Your Budget

Traveling on a budget doesn't mean you have to limit your options. Family travel can be expensive, especially if you are traveling with teenagers. Knowing what your budget is will help you decide what type of trip you can start planning for.

Make a List

Having a list of places your family wants to visit, makes it easier to keep an eye out for good travel deals. 

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Consider the Season

When you are planning family travel, consider the timing of the trip. With teens, you are often limited to travel during peak vacation times like spring or summer break. Take into account things like weather, crowds, and attractions you want to see or do that may or may not be open during the time of your visit.

How Much Time do you Have?

If you only have a long weekend, planning an international trip may not be your best idea! Consider how much time you will have and then make a decision based on that.

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Decide What You Want to Do

I don't mean decide on the nitty-gritty details of the trip, but instead, decide what kind of family trip you want this to be. Do you want to relax or explore? Do you want to travel internationally or stay closer to home? If your family wants a ski vacation, then planning it in the summer won't work so well, so figure out what type of trip your family wants to take and then start the planning from there.

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Ask the Family for Input

This seems obvious, but ask your kids for their input! I find that as your kids get older, especially in the teen years, that family trips are more enjoyable if they have input. 

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Consider Their Interests

One of the biggest gifts you can give your family through travel is to bring their textbooks to life. There is nothing like seeing the flag hanging in the Smithsonian Museum that inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star-Spangled Banner or to walk through the streets of Pompeii. Allowing your kids to negotiate in Spanish at the local market or to watch a traditional fire dance after dark lets them really see how important the skills are that they are learning about in school. 

What are some of the things you are considering before booking your next family vacation?

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