A short family trip is good for the entire family. Everyone can enjoy the sights and sounds, learn about other cultures, enjoy different types of food, and so much more. On top of that, family members can bond together, become closer, and share unforgettable memories. While it can be loads of fun, it is still crucial to observe certain tips during the trip. So, here are some practical tips you can follow to make the best of your next family trip.
The travel diary
Each of the family members can take pictures and collect brochures about the places you are going through. Everyone can try to make them peculiar things like photographs of strange names or different places or a different leaf that someone has found on the ground. You can also save photographs in which, for example, you have undergone a spontaneous event.
When you get home, everyone can put everything together in a kind of travel diary in which everything that has happened appears. The travel journal will help all of you remember all the experiences you have gone through together.
Our children are often bored during the trip because they do not know what to do. If they get bored, they will be asking when we will arrive or, be looking at the mobile or tablet all the time. A good idea is to give them a paper map that they usually give away in hotels or information offices so that they can see where we pass and discover things. They can search for monuments, museums, and places of interest, for example. They are sure to love it and stop getting bored!
Learn the language
If your family is going to travel abroad, another good idea is to learn some words or phrases of the local language before embarking on the trip. Although English is spoken in almost all places and most of our children know this language, it can be fun to understand the locals when we go to eat or to be able to ask questions in a museum. For example, if your family are Muslims, you can ask the locals in their language about where to find the nearest or best eateries that serve halal food.
Another good tip is to avoid buying typical souvenirs such as t-shirts, mugs, or key rings with each city or town’s names. It is better to start a unique collection of souvenirs that represent the region your family have just visited. For example, a small wooden box from a city known for its woodcarvers or a locally produced chocolate bar will be better as souvenirs.
Set technology breaks
Trying to get all family members to turn off their technological devices during the entire trip is going to be complicated, especially if they are teenagers. It is best to remember that at certain times we all have to turn off our devices at the same time, such as visiting museums or other places of interest or having group meals. Don’t forget that adults have to set an example and learn to disconnect.