Plan the Best Family Trip Ever

I love reading quotes from guests who went on a Backroads Family Trip. At the risk of sounding corny, they often warm my heart and make me well up with emotion. One such quote came across my desk recently and it struck a chord:

"As my 13-year-old daughter Lucy put it, 'Dad, the trip couldn't have been any better, I didn't want it to end. Rated a 15 out of 10.'"

father and son Kayaking in Costa Rica on a Backroads multisport family tripIs there anything better than hearing your teenager tell you that you made a great decision (words you likely don't often hear)? Better yet is hearing that they had the best vacation ever and it was with you--wow!

Sure, family vacations are all about bonding and fun times together, but if your kids are truly having a blast, there's no better reward. So how do you repeat the magic? How do you plan another "best family trip ever"?

The key is to get everyone involved and make most of the decisions before you go, so the choices you do make on your trip are as simple as what to eat off the menu.

Backroads Family trip cooking class in Tuscany, ItalyIf you can give everyone in the family some say in planning the vacation, then they'll each feel invested in contributing toward a fun trip. But you'll still need to take the lead and call some shots (just don't let the kids know you're doing it!). First make a budget, then call a meeting, send out texts or emails, or simply ask them the following questions:

1. What type of experience do they want on their vacation? Adventure, culture, organized activities, a sense of journey, amusement parks, museums, beach time, water sports, biking, hiking, etc.

2. What interests them most? History, culture, nature, cities, national parks, being active, shopping, food, etc.

3. Where do they want to go? Based on your budget and your own personal preference (you deserve that much!), offer your kids some ideas on a state, region, country or continent to visit.

Backroads Family trip in the Canadian RockiesThis should be enough information to come up with some solid ideas on what everyone wants to do and where they want to go and, with any luck, you'll have quite a bit of overlap between everyone's desires.

You can make a final decision in quite a few ways. Once you've narrowed the destinations down to a few possibilities, you can give the kids a final choice. Or, you can choose the destination and let them select some activities. You could also let them decide the destination and you can plan the activities. The important part is letting your kids feel like decision-makers.

Now that everyone in the family is sure to get something they want out of your vacation, it's bound to be your next "best family trip ever."

Backroads Family trip in Alaska

2 Responses

  1. connie

    Hi – I noticed you were regional manager of Sweden and Denmark. It would be wonderful if you did a multi sport family trip for Sweden and Denmark. Please think about it because my kids don’t want to bike everyday but my husband and I would love to visit these countries with backroads. Thanks!!!

  2. Alison Iles

    Hi Connie, Thanks for reading my blog. Yes, I am the Regional Manager for the Stockholm to Copenhagen Family Bike Trip and although we don’t yet have a Multisport Trip in Sweden and Denmark, I wanted to let you know that the kids do not ride every day of the bike trip. On Day 4 they explore and hike at the Stendorren Nature Reserve (while you ride a beautiful bike route) before you all hop on an afternoon train to Denmark. On the last morning of the trip we have a fun kids activity that enables kids to get curious and learn about Copenhagen, while parents go on a historic walk. Let me know if this sounds interesting and if you have any more questions, and please don’t hesitate to reply back or contact one of our Trip Consultants. thanks, Alison

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