Tips for Planning a Multi-Family Vacation

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Traveling with another family can really be fun, but the planning stage will most likely feel like quite the challenge. In order to ensure that the whole trip runs smoothly, here are some tips to help you to plan a multi-family vacation.

Pick a Leader
While everybody should be responsible for their own individual needs, it is always handy to pick a leader, so that you have someone that can take charge of the overall vacation. This means that everybody will be kept on the same page, whether it be about flight arrival times or contact details, which will help to significantly cut back on confusion.

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Choosing a Location
Choosing a location for your vacation can often be one of the toughest parts of planning a multi-family vacation, because with so many different opinions, a large number of you will end up having to compromise. This is something that needs to be decided early on in the process, and the best way to do this is by finding out everybody’s must-haves, whether this may be a beach destination, somewhere mountainous, or a city filled with culture. The person that you have selected to be in charge can then put all of this information together and come up with a few suggestions that will appeal to the majority, letting everybody then vote to pick their favorite.

Let Everyone Plan an Activity
A strict itinerary that everybody has to follow is never going to work out on a multi-family vacation, meaning that you will be much better off scheduling a certain activity and/or meal for the day, and then allowing everyone to have the rest of that day as their own. In order to ensure that everybody has a great time, delegate the planning of certain activities to different members of the family, allowing everybody to pick one activity that they would love to do.

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Be Up-Front About Money
Although you may want to really splurge on this vacation, the other family that you are travelling with may have a strict budget that they need to stick to, which is why it is important to discuss finances in the early planning stages of your vacation. When it comes to booking travel and accommodation, it is easy enough for each family to pay for themselves, but if you are sharing a holiday home, and plan on dining at different restaurants, it would be worth coming up with a plan beforehand to ensure that each family is spending a fair amount.

Online Planning
When it comes to a multi-family vacation, there are so many different parts to this that need planning, and emails flying back and forth can often make everything so much more confusing. An online planning document is a great way for everybody to stay updated on the latest plans, whether this be packing lists, meal plans or flight itineraries, and will also keep everything in one place.

In order for your multi-family vacation to be as enjoyable as possible, you will need to put a fair bit of effort into the planning stage. From choosing a location that everybody is happy with to setting budgets and discussing finances, the hard work that you put into the planning will definitely all be worth it in the end.

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Knowing When to Keep a Little Secret

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Children are naturally inquisitive, and while you may try to be as open as possible with them, there are certain snippets of information that you simply should not share. From your guilty late-night snacking to details of fights with your partner, there are times when the whole family would benefit if you kept a little secret.

Snacking and Junk Food
In order for children to really thrive, they need the right nutrition, and none of this can be found in junk food. If you are often guilty of late-snacking or the occasional junk food binge, this is something that you need to keep hidden from your children, at least until you have managed to beat that sugar habit for yourself, as it will not be doing you any favors whatsoever. In front of your children, keep up a healthy lifestyle, with snacks that are fresh and nutritious, because this will really help to shape their well-being and eating habits in the future.

Fights with Your Partner
Every relationship has moments of conflict, but, if you get your children involved in this, they will eventually feel as though they need to choose sides, and it will only tear your family up. It will also have a huge impact on the way in which they deal with conflict, as well as their own emotions, in the future, so be sure to never unload all of your problems onto them, and instead help them to understand that brief moments of conflict are absolutely natural.

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Finances
No matter how much stress you may be under regarding your financial situation, it is simply not fair to burden your children with this. Even if they may have to do without some of the luxuries that all of their friends seem to have, it is much better for them to be protected from financial stress and burden at such a young age. While there is no harm in explaining the situation in brief to help them to understand why you may be cutting back around the house, make sure that you do not scare them or make them feel helpless, keeping a positive tone to every financial conversation you may have with them or around them.

Sharing Secrets
It is common for parents to get together and unload the problems that they may be having with their children, but you must be sure to never share these with your own child. No matter how much trust you may have in them, they are still children and can easily let these secrets slip. It will also discourage them from gossiping, which is something that could definitely benefit them later on in life.

Children deserve to really enjoy, and make the most of, their childhood, but this cannot be done if they are burdened with certain secrets. Whether this may be financial stress or gossip about their friend’s parents, be sure to keep these bits of information under wraps, focussing instead on guiding your child through an emotionally, and physically, healthy childhood.