Planning a vacation can be fun, but more often than not it is a stressful and frustrating experience. If you’re planning a vacation for your family, this can be compounded by trying to create a vacation that will please everyone.
While there is no secret to making everyone happy, there are some steps you can take as you plan to make the entire process easier. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Ask everyone for not only their ideal vacation, but a few alternatives that would make them happy as well. This gives you a Plan B should you need some flexibility while planning. Having a fallback position for everyone will also help you gauge where their priorities really are.
As you plan
Before you book anything, come up with an itinerary of your trip. Include any activities you’re planning along the way, and let everyone take a look. Seeing everything laid out makes it easier to imagine what the trip will really be like. This also gives everyone a second chance to weigh in on plans before you’ve made any commitments.
Consider free time
Sometimes family members have diverse interests that can’t really be addressed in a single outing. If this seems like your family, consider scheduling some free time for individuals to explore. For instance, if your spouse likes golf but you and the kids want to spend time at a water park, split up for part of the day and enjoy. There’s no rule that says you have to do everything together.