After months of staying at home, many families are looking forward to taking a well-earned break. If you’re keen to travel with your children this summer, here are some incredible ideas to give you inspiration.
A road trip
Nothing screams summer vacation quite like an old-fashioned road trip. The beauty of a road trip is that you can explore a wide range of locations, and you can travel at your own pace. You can choose to drive to a destination and stay there for a week or two, stopping off at attractions en route, or you can visit several sites on your trip. As a parent, it’s brilliant to be able to stop whenever you want, and you can create a fabulously fun itinerary for your kids. From beaches and parks to lakes, waterfalls and family-friendly excursions, you can pack as much or as little as you want into your break. If you are thinking about organizing a road trip with your kids, plan ahead. Figure out your route, look for things to see and do along the way, and give yourself plenty of time to pack. Stock up on snacks and drinks, make sure you’ve got a map and an in-car phone charger, and check your car before you go. It’s wise to carry first aid essentials, a puncture repair kit and some warm clothes if you’re going off the beaten track.
Camping is always an adventure with kids, and many of us have fond memories of setting up camp around the fire and toasting smores with our parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins and friends. Camping is an affordable option, and it’s also a great way to embrace outdoor living. If you’re traveling with children, or you’ve got a group together, you can find some fabulous kit for your trip, including a 10 person tent, cooking equipment to rustle up delicious meals on the go, outdoor sports and games and portable furniture. Before you head off on vacation, research locations, take a look at facilities and amenities and read up on activities and attractions in the area.
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When the sun is shining and the skies are blue, there’s no better place to be than the beach. Depending on how far you want to travel, you can drive or fly interstate or take a break overseas. Check the latest travel restrictions before you start searching for vacations and think about how far you want to go. If you’re looking to stay relatively close to home, there are several options available, including hiring a beach house or an apartment, booking a hotel or staying at a family-friendly resort complete with restaurants, swimming pools and private beach access. If you’re heading abroad, it’s worth comparing package deals with separate flights and accommodation offers. When you travel with kids, booking all-inclusive packages often offers better value for money. It’s also easier to budget when you don’t have to worry about spending money on food and drinks when you get to your destination.
If you fancy taking a trip, but you don’t have the luxury of being able to take a couple of weeks off work, a city break is a fabulous idea. You can explore museums, galleries, parks and landmarks or even unwind at the beach for a day if you choose a seaside destination like Los Angeles or San Diego. For those who have a little more time, if you’re keen to fly further afield, London, Rome, Lisbon, Paris and Barcelona are excellent family-friendly options. For city breaks, it’s always beneficial to draw up a rough itinerary, to look at tickets for attractions and excursions online and to figure out how you’re going to get around. If you’re visiting London, for example, riding on the tube is a fast, affordable means of getting from A to B, which will enable you to see more of the city. Read online guides and books to help you plan your days before you travel and check reviews before booking hotels.
Many of us are looking forward to taking a vacation this summer. If you’re thinking about where to go or what to do, why not consider these options? From chilled-out beach vacations and fun-filled city breaks to adventure-packed camping and road trips, there is something to suit every family. Think about how far you want to travel, how much you want to spend and what you want to do and start narrowing down your options. Research flights, road trip routes and accommodation options and plan a rough itinerary. Most importantly, relax and have fun!