Now is a great time to make vacation plans. For families, if you want to plan a vacation everyone will enjoy, it is best to take the kids’ insights into consideration as you make those plans.
For instance, if you think the kids will love zip-lining over the rainforest in Costa Rica, but they’re thinking about a resort in Hawaii, or visiting a theme park, someone, if not everyone will be disappointed.
Sample Questions to Ask the Kids
You can help narrow the scope of your vacation research by asking your kids questions like:
- Would you rather go ice skating or swimming?
- Hiking, river rafting, or the beach?
- Trip to Orlando or camping?
- Hotel or resort?
- Would you rather see dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum or masterpieces at the Art Museum?
- Would you rather eat Italian, Chinese, or burgers?
This is just a sampling of possible questions. To generate your own list, think about your vacation budget and the places you are considering.
For instance a trip to Orlando, then consider an alternative that is nothing like it…such as camping as a contrast. Also consider activities that are similar but different like the hiking, river rafting, or beach. All of them are outdoor activities but vastly different.
Don’t assume you know what everyone will enjoy. Ask the kids what they think. Their feedback may surprise you.
Include the Kids in the Research Process
According to new research from the 2014 Portrait of American Travelers, more people are talking to their kids about vacation plans than ever. Sixty-six percent said their kids still living at home were influential in the vacation planning process.
Along with getting the kids input, it’s important to temper it with the age group your children fall into. Plan ahead for things like babysitting services and don’t over plan. Craft your itinerary in such a way that it includes plenty of down time.
The bottom line when going on vacation is that if your children are not happy, no one will have much fun. Include them in the planning process and the results will be as much their doing as yours.