Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

3 Ideas for Memory-Building Family Vacations

3. Unplug

Do you feel like you’re making a lot of memories all sitting around the lunch table with your smartphones out? We didn’t think so. Wherever you go for your next family vacation, set a limit on your screentime (even for moms and dads). Leave your phones at the hotel so you aren’t tempted to spend the time in line for your favorite roller coaster checking work emails and your kids don’t have the distractions of games and texting. And when you get back to the hotel, make a point of turning off the television and putting the handheld gaming systems away in favor of going out for ice cream, walking down to the pier, or finding another good reason to get out – together.