Family vacations are meant to be fun. They should help you to created treasured memories and ensure everyone gets to have a break, relax and have plenty of fun. Crafting a vacation that's right for the whole family can be difficult, but it is possible. After you've spent so much time planning, you want everything to go perfectly. Unfortunately, asking for perfection on a family vacation is expecting a little too much. That's not to say that you can't all have an amazing time, though. Even when things go wrong, you just need to know how to deal with it.
Missed Flights and Transport Problems
There are many things that you can control on your vacation and some that you can't. While you're not in control of whether your flight gets canceled or how bad the traffic is on the way to the airport, you can control how much time you allow yourself to get where you need to be. If you know it will take everyone twice as long to leave the house as you want them to, make sure you leave twice as much time. If you do happen to miss an important connection, you'll need to come up with a backup plan. If your transport is canceled, the airline or other provider should make arrangements for you.
Lost or Stolen Items
Losing something or having something stolen while on vacation might not be the end of the world, but it's not fun to deal with either. Whether you can't find your passport or one of your children has dropped their favorite snuggy, trying to find or replace what you've lost can be stressful. The first thing you should do is try to prevent this happening. Only take what's essential when you're out and about (that means that the teddy bear ideally stays in the hotel room) and watch out for pickpockets. Make it a habit to keep checking that everyone still has the things that they left with.
If you do lose anything, look for it before panicking too much. If it's definitely gone, the most important items to deal with are passports, as well as credit and debit cards. There's not much that can't be replaced, but you need to make sure no one is stealing your identity.
If you've planned for a vacation with perfect weather, whether that's sun for the beach or snow for skiing, it's pretty disappointing when the weather lets you down. It might stop you doing what you had planned to do, but it doesn't have to ruin your whole vacation. It's a good idea to have some backup plans for rainy days or any occasions when you might not be able to do what you wanted to. You can spend the day exploring a museum, go somewhere to eat, find an indoor play area, or just spend the day indoors with some activities.
Injury or Illness
If someone gets ill or hurts themselves during your vacation, it can range from a minor incident to something that puts a stop to your trip altogether. Firstly, it's a good idea to know where to go if an injury or illness occurs, and what your insurance covers. If you do need to see a doctor or go to the emergency room, you'll be prepared. While it's good to plan for the worst possible scenario, most problems won't be that bad. A routine illness might just mean that one parent stays at the hotel while the other continues your planned activities with the rest of the family.
If someone is hurt, you might want to take note of what happened. An accident that you think might have been caused by someone else's negligence could be a case for a personal injury lawyer. You can find lawyers who specialize in dealing with cases of people who were on vacation when the accident occurred or were even taking a cruise.
When you're looking forward to doing something, having it canceled is a disappointment, to say the least. But even though you might be annoyed and have some unhappy children on your hands, don't let it ruin your vacation. If you can't find another activity provider to do the same thing, there should be plenty more that you can do instead. Some activity providers can arrange a different time or day for you instead. If not, it's worth looking into what your rights are in regards to compensation.
Family vacations are meant to be for everyone, so it's not great when the kids aren't having fun. One issue that can cause complaints or boredom or bad moods is if parents and kids have different ideas of what makes a good vacation. Perhaps you want to relax by the pool, but the kids would much rather be doing something more active. If the kids need cheering up, let them choose something they want to do. There's plenty that they can do on their own as part of a group if you don't want to join in.
Perhaps even worse than bored and grumpy children is kids who won't stop fighting. You hoped they would get along for the vacation, but it seems impossible to stop them from having arguments. Keeping everyone occupied helps to stop fights out of boredom, but sometimes you can't avoid the need to have them sit next to each other for a few hours.
If you want to prevent squabbling, you need to keep them happy - and busy. Keeping them occupied helps, but make sure you don't overdo it. Being tired or hungry certainly won't help them to get along, so make sure you have plenty of breaks planned. If all else fails, consider splitting up your group and doing different activities, so your kids can have a break from each other.
It's difficult to have a family vacation that goes perfectly, but you don't have to let something that goes wrong ruin your vacation. If you rethink your approach, you can still have a great time.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.
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