The trouble with finding vacations that the whole family can go on is balancing fun, relaxation, expenses, amenities and the time frame.
When families think of vacations for everybody, unfortunately only places like theme parks come to mind. Theme parks are great…but usually just for the kids. They end up costing way more than the parents thought, and the last thing a theme park brings is relaxation. Also, have you ever thought about what to do with your three year old that stands only 39 instead of 40 inches tall, yet is bored with kiddy rides. This would not be a good situation.
If you choose a vacation that involves site seeing, wine tasting and hotel luxury, the kids will go crazy looking for something to do and they will drive the high-class staff insane. You won’t get any R and R from that trip either.
The trick (especially if your family includes ages from 1 to 100) is to find a vacation spot that is its own full service location and provides opportunities for fun, excitement, rest and relaxation at the same time. It might sound simple and old-fashioned, but “Nature-based” vacations almost always end up being vacations that the whole family can go on.
Nature is a theme and water park, 5 star hotel, theraputic spa, edifying wonderland and hang-loose-and-free-or-whatever playground that anyone can enjoy. With a good air mattress or a motorhome, you can even determine your own day and night stay itinerary. Stock up on smokies, bottled water and sunscreen and your expenses will seem like pennies. The kids will have fun, grandparents can nap, pets can feel primal and you can just enjoy the clear night sky with your spouse.
Vacations that the whole family can appreciate are most successful when they are planned to be simple. “Plan to have everyone let go of their plans” and the whole family will enjoy it. If there are many people going on the trip, you may want to contact a travel agent to help plan everything out. Since the natural world is so perfect for a true and memorable vacation for the whole family, think about if you go into the wild far enough to loose cell service. Now that’s a vacation!