How to Make the Most of Your Family Vacation

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Do you remember the one summer vacation or family trip you took as a child that stands out in your mind as your best memory ever? Whether it was spending time with your favorite cousins on an extended-family vacation or a road trip to see the sights of your hometown, family trips are life long memories that build the bond of family. Family vacations also break away from routine, introduce families to new cultures, foods and experiences, and provide a healthy amount of stress relief.

The majority of parents agree that family vacations are a great way to connect with their children and enjoy quality time together. In fact, some studies have shown that family vacations are more than just fun and enjoyable – they’re important to the mental health of every child.

Kids are constantly soaking in information, even outside of the classroom, and traveling with their family is an opportunity for them to learn about the world around them. When they visit different places and participate in fun activities, it gives them the chance to interact with people from other countries, experience new cultures, and gain a sense of confidence in their own abilities.

Family vacations are a good time to show children that although working hard at school, work or other activities is an important part of life, it isn’t all there is. Taking them on a fun vacation shows them that it’s okay to play and relax as well, so they can have a balance in their lives and feel less stressed.

In the wake of the pandemic, many kid-friendly hotels and resorts seized downtime to rethink, renovate or roll out new amenities that improve the overall guest experience. As more and more families plan their 2024 summer family vacations, these hotels are making a lasting impression on guests with the added convenience of tech features, updated pools, revamped activities and more.

While vacations offer the chance to spend time with loved ones, they can also be a challenge when it comes to parenting skills. Disrupted schedules, traveling and new experiences can lead to tired and cranky kids. This is why it’s important to be prepared before your vacation, with helpful tips and tricks for making the most of your time away.

Whether you’re looking to relax on a beach, bring history lessons to life on a cultural mega-trip or explore the great outdoors with your squad, the perfect destination is out there for everyone. So, kick off the summer right with a vacation that your entire family will love. Check out the list of winners from our 2024 Good Housekeeping Family Travel Awards below to find your next family getaway!