One of the best ways to bond with your family and create memories is to travel. You get to see new places, meet new cultures, learn about different people and spend quality time with your loved ones.

As much as we love to travel when you’re taking your family with you, it can be quite hectic. To avoid stress and spend your time at some destination with your family carefree and feeling happy,  here are nine useful tips that will help you have an unforgettable time on family trips.

1. Choose a destination everyone will love.

To make beautiful memories, everyone should be happy with travel destination, a place where you will spend your vacation should be something that entire family agrees on. The best way to do it is to sit down and talk to your family.

Each member should recommend a place, and then you can choose travel destination by voting. The best thing to do is to write different places on small pieces of paper, put papers into a hat or a bowl and someone should take one paper out of the bowl.

Remember, family vacation means that entire family should be involved in decision-making process.

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2. Plan thoroughly.

Let’s face it; when you travel alone, you get to be spontaneous and “go with the flow.” However, when you move with your family, you have to make sure you plan everything thoroughly.

Besides making necessary travel arrangements, it is important to bear in mind that planning everything in last minute doesn’t guarantee an excellent time for your family. Why? It’s because when you procrastinate and leave travel planning until last minute, you get stressed out when you see how much work you have to do.

Of course, there are also those timeswhen you forget something important and the entire family remembers all those arguments and bickering during travel. Therefore, start planning your vacation weeks or even months before you set off.

3. Search for cheap flights.
Instead of opening the first website you see and book flight tickets, you should spend a decent amount of time researching and finding affordable tickets. Some sites like Skyscanner offer cheap tickets as well as travel information where you can learn more about that place, when is the right time to go there and other useful things that will make your trip more comfortable.

To book tickets and save money, you should check prices on different websites and compare. Plus, booking tickets several weeks or months ahead is cheaper than booking them only a few days ahead.

4. Look for a comfortable place to stay.

Here’s another reason traveling alone is different from traveling with family; when you’re going solo, you can sleep just about anywhere, in motels, hostels, etc. But, when your family is with you, the best way to have fun and make great memories is to look for a comfortable hotel or any place that will be your home away from home.

If you’re not a fan of hotels and consider them impractical for traveling with family, you can always opt for renting an apartment: it’s a cheaper and more practical option.

5. Eat like the locals!

Let’s say you and your family are traveling abroad. While the first thing you think of is to stay healthy while traveling and so, look for McDonalds or Subway and eat there, the best thing to do is to eat in restaurants where local food is served. This way, both you and your family will get to learn more about different cultures and food is an important part of that culture.

It’s important to enrich your body and mind by sinking in cultural influences from different parts of the world. Therefore, while you’re in another country, you should do the same. At the same time, you’re setting a great example for your kids who will appreciate all wonderful memories of your trip.

6. Walk, walk, walk—wherever you go.

Walking lets, you explore, blend in with locals, and see more things than sitting on a bus or in a taxi. It is needless to say that walking is healthy and is a recommended physical activity. Besides being the most practical and healthiest option, walking is also cost-effective.

To avoid wandering (or getting lost!), you should come up with a detailed plan for all things you will see. For this, you will need to do a lot of research. Write down different places and locations to come up with a plan; what to see first, what to look after or where to eat..

7. Bring toys and games.

If you have small kids, the best thing to keep them occupied is to bring different toys and games, particularly when you’re on plane or train. For example, you can purchase little backpacks for each child and let them pick their toys and games. There has to be a rule; they have to use and carry in their little backpack toy or game they pick.

8. Interact with locals.

Even when you are with your family interacting with locals is always recommended. You can ask them for recommendations about different restaurants, and if you’re traveling to some non-English speaking country, you can use this opportunity to practice your language skills.

9. Pack light.

Traveling with family means you will go from place to place, and packing carefully can help you avoid stress. Ideally, you should pack essentials only. Why? The more you pack, the more you will have to worry about during your trip.

The vision of ideal vacation doesn’t include stressing out with packing and hurrying to pack everything as soon as possible.

Traveling with family doesn’t always have to be stressful, hectic and frustrating. With these tips, you can make memories with your kids and enjoy precious moments spent together.

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