How To Travel With Children This Holiday Season: Where To Go & What To Do

When the weather outside is frightful, you may get the urge to hibernate. But this time of year is all about making family memories, so let’s figure out a way to make it happen.

Here’s how to travel with children this holiday season.

Let’s start with the where’s of it all. Because it's difficult to get excited about vacations until you know where you're going. Here are some ideas.

Where To Travel With Children This Holiday Season

Disney – Wouldn’t a trip to Disney World make an epic Christmas present? This is an obvious trip for any family with young ones, but this time of year makes it perfect. Orlando experiences warmer weather than most of the country, so it’s a natural draw for the winter months.

Just keep in mind that everyone else has this idea too, so try to plan your trip outside of school breaks if at all possible.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee – If you’re looking for some winter fun, Gatlinburg is one of the best places to go. This town completely revolves around its ski area, but you don’t have to be a pro to have fun here. You and the rest of the fam can enjoy tubing, snowboarding and people-watching from the aerial tram.

When the weather isn’t at its best, there’s always the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

Quebec City, Quebec – A visit to Quebec would be magical during the holiday season, and it’s arguably even better in February. This is when the city hosts the Carnival de Quebec. Here, there’s really something for everyone, from a night parade to canoe races across the frozen St. Lawrence River.

Regardless of when you go, Quebec City is a great family vacation.

New York City – Is there ever a bad time to visit the Big Apple? NYC has activities aplenty year round, but there’s even more to do over the holidays. Ice skate through Bryant Park or see any of the many holiday shows on and off Broadway. You can even plan your trip for New Year’s Eve and catch a glimpse of the ball dropping or the massive Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.

Sanibel Island – Family vacations don’t always have to be centered around keeping the kids entertained. Sometimes, it’s best to go somewhere nice and just chill. When you vacation to Sanibel Island, you can relax by the beach while the kids run around collecting seashells. It’s a win-win, really. And on a rainy day, you may enjoy checking out some of the largest seashells ever found at Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum.

How To Travel With Kids Over The Holidays

It doesn’t have to be stressful when you’re traveling with kids, even when the stakes are high over the holidays. Here are some tips for making your holiday travels a fun experience.

  • Consider a road trip – Most of the country is worried about money around the holiday season, so a big vacation with airfare may not make sense. You don’t want to be worried about the thousands of dollars you’re spending when you’re supposed to be having fun. A road trip comes with its own set of challenges, but it’s usually lighter on your budget –especially if you have a large family. Address those challenges by planning snacks and games ahead of time, and be sure to travel in a comfortable SUV. Tight quarters can be a recipe for disaster when you’re traveling with siblings.
  • Get the kids involved – Kids are typically more interested in trips when they’re involved in the planning. If your kids are 6 or older, they can help plan the vacation and stops. If they’re younger, or if you’re going to Disney, you may want to keep the trip a secret until you’re ready to go. Still, they can get involved in planning little things like snacks and choosing the daily itinerary.
  • Bring a variety of snacks – Snacks are essential because they keep the hunger at bay, but they can also have an unexpected benefit. At least for a moment, they’ll keep the kids entertained. Variety helps keep things more interesting.
  • Travel light – Packing for a trip with kids always ends up being a balance between bringing everything you'll need and traveling light. But remember, the more stuff you bring, the more you stand to lose or forget. Frankly, it's just more to worry about. Plan ahead by making lists of the essentials to ensure you don't forget anything, and then take a discerning view of everything you add from there.

Traveling with kids over the holidays can almost guarantee fond memories that’ll last a lifetime. Just be sure to plan the destination and trip carefully, and it should go off without a hitch.

Kristi Cathey
 

Hi everyone! My name is Kristi Cathey and I’m glad you found your way to my blog. I am a mother of 3 beautiful angels. This blog was created in order to share my personal experiences in baby care and general health care for pregnant women. If you'd like to get in touch with me, please contact me by sending me an email via kristicathey.intelligentmother@gmail.com. Welcome to Intelligentmother.com

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