When it comes to raising a family, the most common misperception is that the days of enjoyable and stress-free vacations are over. In their place is the expectation that any attempt at a family vacation will end up in a less-hilarious version of a National Lampoons movie.

The troubling aspect is that this is the perception amongst existing parents and families, preventing them from enjoying quality vacation time.

If this sounds like you and you are tired of spending your vacations at home in fear or what will happen should you attempt any type of real vacation, below are some great ideas to help!


Two Great Travel Options

Take a Cruise!

No, we aren’t joking! If you thought a cruise was out of your price range and wouldn’t be something your kids would enjoy, then think again.

More and more cruise lines have started to offer family-oriented cruise options for a price which rival those seen at all-inclusive resorts. One of the primary benefits of a cruise is that along with the food, drink, and entertainment is taken care of, you will also visit a new destination each day, giving you new places and experiences at each port of call.

Speaking of All-Inclusive Resorts

If you like the idea of solid ground, but still want to have everything taken care of for you and your family, then an all-inclusive resort is what you are looking for.

While there was once a time when these places were reserved for the rich and famous, or those looking for exotic getaways, more and more beach-side family-oriented resorts offer a range of affordable and enticing packages for you and your family to take advantage of.



One of the biggest causes of stress during a family vacation is the budget. This is why the top two ideas are great because you only pay once with everything else included. However, if they are out of your price range, there is another way.

Check through sites like the Groupon Coupons page for Hotels.com and let the available discounts guide your decision. For example, if you can see a discount for a destination which is only available during certain dates and is at a price point you can afford, then let this be the decider for you where you will go.

Take Everything You Need

Easier said than done, right?! The trick is to make a list.

A few weeks before your trip, take a note of all the items you use during your regular family routine. These items can include baby necessities, medication, health and medical requirements, and anything else your family needs to complete your routines successfully.

Once you have this, turn it into a checklist of sorts, where you can mark each of the items off as you pack them. If your children are responsible for their own items, be sure to make them their own list too for them to also check against.

An enjoyable and stress-free family vacation isn’t an impossible task, it’s just one that needs a little outside-the-box thinking.