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As we begin to plan our summer vacations, I was wondering what were some of your favorite vacations with your family?
Any type of ideas would be great but for now I’m looking more for families with school age children.
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We are currently planning a family trip the Gold Coast and we can't wait. We have always had a big holiday once a year but due to covid, the last two years we have missed out. We are looking forward to seeing all the 'worlds' and heading up to Australia Zoo. The kids are just as excited as we are. We also love holidays to the Grampians where we can go hiking and enjoy nature.
The best family holidays I have had with my kids have been the ones where there are no digital distractions. We enjoy renting holiday homes in small towns where we can all just spend some time together in a different environment. Our last holiday was in a lovely cabin in a wooded area on the edge of a lagoon. Although there was a TV, we spent our time out on the water, playing boardgames, and talking.
Every family has their own needs and preferences. You may like roughing it, while other families want to go somewhere more luxurious. I think the important thing is to decide what it is you want to accomplish on your holiday. If you are looking to have days filled with planned activities then you might enjoy a cruise that caters for families or a resort holiday, but if you want downtime in a quiet location, you may prefer a campsite or cabin where you can swim or fish. Think about what activities you would like to do as a family and choose a destination that allows you to do those things. Take your kids ages and interests into account and make sure that everyone feels as if their needs have been considered.
Happy vacationing :)
We only have younger kids in the family under 4yrs of age and so camping has been the best option for us. We have a 'go to' caravan park in the southern part of our state and set up tents on the waterfront.
We have also booked in small cabins in caravan parks so that we have a base to come back to if the weather is a bit too hot or chilly.
I like the idea of Air BnBs in the country areas too depending on the weather!
The best trips we have taken haven't been about where they are but who they are with. We have tried to schedule a few vacations with our friends that don't live near us. Sometimes we meet in the middle, other times we go to each other's homes, but it's so special reconnecting with our friends and then having our kids meet, too.
We use Hipcamp a lot for our trips during the summer. It's like an Airbnb for camping, but there are also opportunities to rent cabins and trailers. People open up their properties for rentals and there are some very unique spots! One of our favorites was a large campsite that was on a horse farm. It's worth checking out!
Perhaps, you would want to get your older kids involved with the planning of your upcoming trip. Ask them where they want to go and what they want to do. Planning a trip with young children is very different from having one with older kids. My older kids are aged 13 and 9 while my youngest is only 3 years old. So, I have a very clear picture of what it is like to plan a family with children of different ages.
When my older kids were younger, I did all the planning and they just went along with it. And if I may say, I have an idea what they will and will not enjoy. But as time passed by, they developed their independence and own interest which somehow differs from us as parents. My 3-year-old, just like any other kid this age is they just follow where their parents go. So, I really have no problem planning anything, YET!
Just get older kids involved. You would not want anyone looking or feeling bored while on your vacation, right?