Over one in four Americans don’t take a vacation during summer, according to research. That’s such a sad finding because going on vacations have proven benefits to both the young and old.
Family vacations promote bonding and quality time, lessen stress levels especially among children (yes, kids get stressed too!), and boost the physical and mental health of the whole family.
No matter how tight your schedule is, or even if it seems like it’s going to affect your household budget, there are a lot of reasons to pursue that family holiday you’ve been dreaming about. The thing is that going on a family vacation doesn’t have to be expensive. Additionally, planning for one doesn’t have to be stressful and overwhelming.
Here are five creative ideas for a fun and memorable family vacation:
Take your family to the sea… or the river
The beach is no doubt a popular destination for family getaways. Why not? The calming sound of the waves, the beautiful, fascinating view of the sea, and the relaxing feel of the sand on your skin – they all bring us joy, peace, and all other positive feelings. Plus, kids love to swim. Also, there are just so many things to do on the beach apart from swimming. They can run, play volleyball (and other sports), build a sandcastle, read a book under the sun, and enjoy a refreshing drink. With over 12,000 miles of coastline, you will surely find a beach to explore nearby. Otherwise (or if you feel like trying a different water adventure), head to the river. You can take your family into a rafting adventure, fishing, or boat sailing.
Short on funds? Planning your vacation close to home is the best way to address the money issues. You can stay at a family-friendly hotel for a weekend where you can have a great time in the pool area with your kids and have a relaxing spa afterward. Then after a day of fun-filled activity, savor some good food and watch Netflix together. Alternately, you can do a city tour or a road trip or check out a new local spot that you haven’t visited yet. Just fuel your engine with enough gasoline and let the road be your guide.
Go as far as you can
If you have the time and resources to travel somewhere far, then go ahead! It’s going to be fun for sure. It can be a different state or another country. Gather the whole family and talk about your travel goals so you can decide which destination to go. International trips can be expensive. You can save on the cost by booking ahead. Do your research in advance so you can look for hotels or accommodations that have cheap rates but outstanding service. You can also find good deals from online travel sites if you plan ahead. You can have your travel plans arranged by your chosen airline.
Have a family camping
For most people, camping is a family tradition. Enjoying the outdoors away from home is a great way for families to bond and get in touch with nature. There hundreds of state parks and campgrounds in the country so there’s no reason why you should not try camping. Surely, you and your kids will love all sorts of outdoor adventures, such as hiking, trekking, fishing, nature walking, and so much more. However, for the safety and comfort of your whole family, choose comfortable footwear that will be great for camping activities. Additionally, create a list of the things you need to bring, including first-aid kits, snacks, and food, water, blankets, clothes, etc.
Visit a farm
Farms are wonderful spots to visit if you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Farm visits are also very appealing to children. It gives them a chance to explore nature and enjoy things like feeding the animals, riding a horse, harvesting fruits and crops, and taking a relaxing nature walk. Kids love interacting with animals. And in farms, they get to see so many animals, such as chickens, ducks, cows, goats, sheep, dogs, and so much more. Farm holidays let you explore the stunning countryside, away from the loud distractions and noisy crowds. Many farms offer accommodations for guests where you don’t just enjoy a good night sleep but also satisfy your palate with tasty meals prepared using fresh organic produce.
So what are you waiting for? Start planning a vacation with your fam bam! It doesn’t have to be that long or that grand. Even a day or two are enough to escape from your hectic lives and spend quality time with each other. Hopefully, these ideas have inspired you to take that much-needed family holiday. Enjoy!
*Our featured Mommy Blogger is Mariam Simmons, a blogger at Alpineswiss.com