Handy travel tips

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Vacations are a great way for families to connect and make lasting memories. Remember it’s important to plan a trip carefully and prepare for different eventualities. Here’s some travelling tips by website www.aqualinaresort.com.

Plan ahead- visualise every step of the way — from packing to leaving your house.

Start planning a week before your trip and make a list of everything you’ll need. Add to your list every day as you remember little things.

You will have thought through everything by the time you head out on your family vacation.

You’re much more likely to have a successful trip with the kids when you’ve visualised it all ahead of time.

Connect directly with your hotel ahead of time — always call ahead and ask your hotel if they do anything special for kids. There are many fine hotels that go above and beyond to cater to families.

Be sure to let hotels know if you’re celebrating a special milestone as a family birthday or anniversary.

Don’t be afraid to politely ask for an upgrade. Surprises are overrated when it comes to travelling with kids- rehearse ahead of time with the kids.

Let them know a week ahead what the plan is. Walk through the entire experience. Surprising kids is exciting.

Kids should have their own bag- kids can help carry some of their own healthy snacks, activities, toys, cards and art supplies.

Be prepared when travelling with babies- come prepared with enough diapers, extra clothes, snacks, bottles and emergency medication to prepare for any unexpected delays.

Don’t over-schedule — sightseeing trips are great and it’s good to have a list of things you want to do, but just pick a couple of things you want to accomplish each day and leave the day open to see through your kids’ eyes.

Never underestimate the value of an off day — kids love to build sandcastles on the beach or splash in the pool and it makes for a more enjoyable activity time the next day.

Remember you are all on vacation — splurge for help to make it a family vacation and not feel like work. Relax and be flexible- anything can happen on a family vacation.

Stay positive, relaxed, and be resourceful if plans change or weather doesn’t co-operate.

Sometimes the best vacation memories are made from decisions made spontaneously when other plans fail.

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