Relax and be Adaptable
Traveling can be stressful, so keeping a good attitude will help your kids keep a good attitude as well. If something doesn't go right, adapt. If the place you were headed to is closed, don't simply return to the hotel room. Take the opportunity to walk around and find something else to do that wasn't on your scheduled list of activities [source: Travelwithyourkids.com]. Who knows? You may discover something new you didn't expect to see, and you might even make a vacation memory while you're at it.
For example, when the Neigers took their family on vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains, it began to rain just as they reached the top of one of the lookouts. After hours of driving in the family minivan, they were determined to not give up that easily. Eventually, they returned to their vacation home drenched and tired, but along the way they had built a family vacation memory that they wouldn't soon forget. Instead of letting the rain ruin their trip, they kept a positive attitude. "Always try to make a memory of something" Neiger said.
For more information about traveling with children and other related topics, follow the links below.
- Burns, Jim. "Have a Stress-Free Family Vacation." The Christian Broadcasting Network. (Feb. 19, 2010)http://www.cbn.com/family/familyadvice/Burns_vacation.aspx
- Mahoney, Tatiana. "Traveling with Kids? Use Our Checklist!" Parents Magazine. Dec. 2007. (Feb. 19, 2010)http://www.parents.com/fun/vacation/planning/traveling-with-kids-checklist/?page=1
- Neiger, Tim and Jess. Parents of five. Personal Interview. Conducted on Feb. 18, 2010.
- Travelwithyourkids.com. "Top 5 Family Travel Tips." (Feb 18, 2010)http://www.travelwithyourkids.com/before-you-go/top-5-family-travel-tips
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