Guest Blogger: 3 Tips from Family Insider Carrie McLaren

By: Dalia Colon


Dalia’s Note: With school, back in session now's a great time to sneak in a family road trip while Florida's theme parks and other attractions are less crowded than usual.

(Hey, your kids may not remember how to conjugate French verbs, but they'll never forget the roller coasters, the beach, the food...)

If you're planning a fall family getaway, heed this kid-friendly travel advice from VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider Carrie McLaren. Here she is:

I’ve been traveling with my kids since they were just a few months old, and it’s a lot of work. But it’s extremely rewarding, too. Here are some of my tips for traveling with kids:

1) Let the Kids Pick an Activity

I love letting kids be in charge of choosing a vacation activity. Knowing there’s a special treat that they chose makes the trip more exciting for them and you. My girls always surprise me with what they want to do. Some of our past adventures have included a few hours extra at the playground, while other days it’s mini golf. It’s always fun to see what they come up with for vacations.

2) BYOF (Bring Your Own Food)

A great way to save money is to bring your own snacks and even breakfast. I love packing granola bars, peanut butter crackers and bottled water for our vacations. For breakfast, muffins make for great early morning meals. While half the family gets dressed and ready for the day, the rest of us eat breakfast – then we switch. It always saves us some time and money, too.

3) Take a Break

Traveling with kids is hard work. I’m a big believer that even parents should get some time off on vacation. When we travel, each adult gets ‘me’ time to explore the area on their own. Whether it’s relaxing with a good book by the pool or an outing at the golf course – it’s important for some down time.

Family vacations are all about making memories. Whether it’s a few nights of camping or living it up at a luxury resort – vacations are a time children cherish for a lifetime.

What are you plans for a summer vacation? Share your tips with us!

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