Does travelling with the kids give you a headache just thinking about it? Tried planning the perfect family holidays in the past and had a miserable time? It doesn’t have to be this way. There are some vacations that are perfect for the whole family. Find out how planning family retreats can be vacation fun for everyone. Enjoy new memories together and create some great family bonding timewith the kids!
Remember the goal
Before getting caught up in the logistics, try to remember what vacations are for. What’s the purpose? Why do wego away in the first place, and make such a huge deal out of it? Rest, relaxation, adventure, and seeing new places. And when you’re the parents of young children, the main motivation should be family togetherness. Travelling together in the right conditions really does keep relationships strong, as you make up for lost time and reconnect with loved ones.
In the fast-paced world we live in today, the only real way to create some extended quality time is by leaving home and our usual daily routines. In other words, on vacation.
Picking the Right Retreat
Now while it would be nice to imagine that just any holiday would do the trick, when you’re a group of 3 to 5 people and especially with children in the mix, you have to choose wisely. Don’t plan to visit museums in London all day, tour gourmet kitchens in Paris, or take extra long hiking tours in the hot sun across the Egyptian desert. You’re asking for trouble from anyone under the age of 25.
Keep it simple and mix up the events. Don’t plan to conduct any one activity for more than 2 hours. Don’t bank on anything that will be physically uncomfortable for a child (see extreme uphill hiking). Make sure there are kid-friendly mealsavailable at every stop. Try to keep bathrooms (or a natural setting that can double as a bathroom) nearby whenever possible. Keep the commute in between towns to a minimum (does “are we there yet” ring a bell?). Don’t get too “highbrow” with the cultural exploration, or your audience will become very narrow very quickly.
Planning family retreats can be vacation fun for everyone, so the main thing on the agenda must be experiencing exhilarating activities that you can ALL enjoy. The adults will just have to rediscover their inner child, and let loose with something basic.
A Few Easy Options
- Camping retreatswill allow for healthy time outdoors.Fresh air, long walks, low-intensity exercise, and everyone getting a chance to cook.
- Boating retreatscan be a very memorable experience for kids, as they feel the thrill of conquering the sea for the first time.Dad enjoys piloting, mom soaks in some rays, and everyone does some whale watching.
- Scuba Divingcan be a very family-friendly adventure, with the proper safety precautions and an experienced guide. Imagine the photos you’ll take and underwater treasures you’ll collect!
- A children’s surf coursewould be an amazing way for kids to feel invigorated and learn new skills, and parents to feel proud as they cheer on their junior athletes.
- Yoga training—though not traditionally a family activity— is doable at almost any age, and will surely turn out to be exhilarating for the kids. At the very least, they’ll have a good laugh at dad’s expense!
Hard to decide?
We get you! Tell us what you would love to do and we will create a unique vacation for you. Planning family retreats doesn’t have to take long, and it doesn’t have to be expensive, but they can still be a rewarding experience that will bring you all closer together and create memories for a lifetime!
About the Author: Sal Ragusa was born in 1976, and has lived half his life in Toronto and the other half in Montreal, where he currently resides. His comical and sometimes profound Social Media Posts are all the rage among his followers, and after years of being told that he should share his writing skills with the world, Sal has decided to bring his works to market.