The Fun of Holiday Travel With Kids
Holidays can be hectic, but they can also be a great opportunity for a getaway with the family. Whether it’s a trip to visit relatives or a special destination, a holiday vacation is the perfect opportunity to make truly special memories for you and your kids. I’ve traveled over the holidays more than once and although it can be a challenge, it’s absolutely worth it in the end.
Over the summer we took our 11 and 13 year old girls on a cruise to Alaska that started with a few days in Vancouver, Canada. This happened to be on the 4th of July, which doesn’t mean much to Canada, but is a big deal for those of us living in the United States. Technically, we missed this holiday, but it was almost more fun celebrating all on our own. No fancy fireworks, no huge picnic, just time with the family and a little extra red, white, and blue in our wardrobe.
We’ve also traveled for Halloween, leaving behind the neighborhood and all the kids’ friends. This one had me worried because Halloween is a big deal on the kid calendar. Our destination was Walt Disney World, so the good thing was that it was all Halloween-ified when we arrived. The girls dressed up, took part in the Halloween party at The Magic Kingdom, and had a fantastic time. It’s one of the most memorable Halloweens they’ve had and it was now over five years ago. Getting away and doing something new can be just as fun as continuing with family traditions.
There are some challenges to traveling during holidays. Whether you’re in a car, plane, or train, you’re not the only one taking advantage of a few extra days off. This can make a trip crowded, but there can be a sense of camaraderie when you take it all in stride. Don’t freak out about long lines at the concession. Relax about the extra traffic. Slow down and let everyone else hurry. Just because the crowd is rushing doesn’t mean you need to rush, too.
Even in transit, there’s no reason you can’t take a break. Spend a few extra minutes and unplug from the trip by heading to a park or museum. There are signs all along the interstate and your smartphone is a great resource for finding something new nearby. If traffic is bad, then get out of the traffic. You’re going to be stuck whether you’re frustrated in a car or enjoying a walk in a park. It’s your call because it’s your vacation. Relax and enjoy yourself.
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