It is almost summertime! The beginning of spring marks the beginning of vacation planning. Last year David took his first trip to Florida with me, isn’t that the cutest darned picture ever? We went to Sea World and had a total blast!
Traveling with a baby was not very difficult at all. Since he was a breastfed baby, he nursed quite a bit and that kept him very happy on the plane. The biggest trouble was hauling my luggage around with David’s car seat on top.
I am already dreaming of fun family vacations now that Lizzie and David are getting older. I promised Lizzie that when she turned 5 years old she could go to Disney World. I was hoping she’d forget, but what child forgets a promise to go see the real Disney Princesses?
So as I sat dreaming about a family vacation to Disney world, I thought I’d share some creative ways to plan vacations with you! Please share any of your creative and fun vacation ideas with me too, I might use them next year when my kids are a tad older.
1. Sneak in the Education
Unless you have kids that really love learning, you might want to find a way to make the learning a lot more fun on the vacation. So do things that are really fun like scuba diving and visiting national parks. Keep the activity level high and they won’t feel bored, like they are being taught things.
2. Let the kid’s pick (within reason)
Have a family meeting and let the kids write down on slips of paper were they want to go. Put the papers into a hat and then draw! This will create a really fun itinerary. Just make sure you all agree on a certain area first so you don’t end up drawing Hawaii and Florida.
3. Plan an Oscars Inspired Itinerary
Take a look at some of the Oscar-award winning films from this year and plan on a trip to those sites! Perhaps a trip to see Swan Lake in New York City (Black Swan) or Santa Fe, NM (True Grit). If you have younger children like I do, then you can’t go wrong with Disney World. I can’t wait to see David’s eyes pop out of his head when he sees the Buzz Lightyear and Woody attractions!
4. Take a Cruise
Ok, this is the least creative of the bunch, but cruises have all you need. I have never been on a cruise and I am dying to try one. You can see some gorgeous sites and enjoy a wide variety of fun activities. I found some great tips from All-Travel.com – it has a huge selection of cruises and vacation packages. Sometimes you just gotta let someone else do the planning if you are too busy.
What are some fun vacations you have taken? Are you planning one this year?