Whether to take your children on a big vacation can be a tough decision.
On the one hand, you have to think about if they will in fact enjoy where you are planning to head. If not, do you feel as if they or you would have a good time at the end of the day?
On the other side of the coin, there is the issue of how will your children do apart from you for a week or more?
In making this tough call, you are best-served to weigh the pros and cons of such a decision.
If you feel like you need a little alone time with your significant other, don’t go away feeling guilty.
Remember, there likely will be other opportunities for family trips down the road.
Where Are You Planning on Going?
Where your vacation will take you helps decide if the children should tag along.
As an example, if you are tinkering with the idea of Jamaica all-inclusive resorts, don’t assume it isn’t for kids.
Many such resorts have gone from only being honeymoon destinations to welcoming families. As such, a resort vacation for the family might be what the doctor ordered.
In looking at a resort vacation for your family, check to see if they offer the following:
· Family activities – The big elephant in the room is if the resort offers a nice array of family activities. From playgrounds to a variety of sports activities, keep the younger ones busy. When you can locate a resort that offers a plethora of family fun, bringing the kids along makes sense.
· Special deals – Depending on the age of your child or children, you may score a good deal on hotel costs. Some resorts will offer deals when children are along for the ride. The best way to discover such savings is by doing some online research or working with a travel agency.
· Proper security – Although you’d like to think your kids are never out of sight, that is not always reality. Check to see if the hotel you’re considering has the proper security in place as it pertains to kids. This includes a sizable gate or fence around the pool area.
Take the Kids and Have Quality Adult Time?
If you do decide to take your children on your vacation, does that mean no time for you and your significant other? In fact, you can have your cake and eat it too.
For those who can afford, consider taking a nanny or even one of your parents along on the trip.
With a third adult along, you and your partner can still find some time for one-on-one moments.
Having a third wheel along may not work for all families, but others will find it the right call to make. If you do opt for a third adult on the trip, don’t make it all work and no play for them.
Be sure that they know how appreciate you are of them coming along to help with watching your children.
No matter where your travels take you during the summer or other times, do you bring the little ones along?
The answer to that question may very well lead to some interesting discussions for the two of you.