Family vacations can be a mixed bag. Though the point is to enjoy yourself as a group, sometimes the stress of getting ready, actually going, and then following through with plans can be pretty depressing. That said, you can at least bond with your family over specific projects while doing the preparation plans themselves.
You can clean up the vacation toys together. As a group, you can pick out your destination. If you’re traveling by automobile, your family can collectively choose the games to play in the car. And altogether, you can research fun things to do once you get there.
Cleaning Up the Vacation Toys
For some people, the best part about vacation is the toys you get to play with. Maybe you own a boat, or JetSki, or a dune buggy, among other potential items to have fun with. But, all those toys are going to require some maintenance. So one bonding thing that you can do with your family is to maintain these things together. You can bond over doing things like aluminum boat painting. You can bond over fixing your snowmobile engine. You can even bond over doing things like figuring out the best way to transport your toys from one place to another.
Picking Out a Destination
As a family, you can all pick out a destination together. Not only does this make sense from a personality perspective, but it also means that everyone will get a say in what the family does eventually. How irritated do children get when they find out they’re going to a vacation destination that they have no interest in? To prevent that, get together during the early preparation steps in vacation planning.
Choosing Car Games
Are you heading out on vacation in your car? If so, and you plan on logging some serious hours in your vehicle, then it’s going to be vital that you have car games to play. Rather than just arbitrarily picking ones out a hat, your family can bond by choosing which car games to play together. The license plate game is obviously one of the most classic ones, but there is an infinite number of variations of various games that you can discuss.
Researching Fun Things To Do
Finally, a bonding experience that you can all do together is to research fun things to do once you get there. Sometimes adults like museums. Sometimes children like water parks. If you all talk together before you go, you’ll find out what topics and events everyone is interested in, and from there you’ll be able to discuss how much time you have to do each one. Vacations are going to be a good time if people don’t get a say in what you do once you get there.