When my family is considering which destinations to travel to, we consider a variety of things. I have a family travel bucket list that I work from, and using factors like budget, weather, and time available, we determine where to go. If you are building up your list, you may need some family travel inspiration. This list with types of trips that every family should take can definitely help. Keep in mind that these don’t need to be big vacations. You can staycation to your nearest city for the day, visit a local theme park as part of a road trip, or head over to your nearest National Park for a quick trip. Of course, if you prefer to do the same type of vacation each time, that is totally fine too. This is just a list to help you develop family travel ideas for your bucket list.
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It’s no surprise that I love cruising, because it’s a great way to see multiple destinations, and can be very relaxing. If you haven’t cruised before, consider a short family cruise, like the 3-day Disney Dream trip we took a few years ago. You can also combine a short cruise with another type of trip, such as a theme park vacation or a city vacation. With activities already organized for you, and meals all prearranged, cruising truly does feel like a vacation from responsibilities.
Theme park trips are so fun for families, especially for those with younger children. My kids now love rides, but when they were younger, they really liked seeing characters. Seeing the magic of a theme park through a child’s young eyes is a beautiful part of parenting.
Overwhelmed by planning? We have lots of tips for families visiting Walt Disney World, check them out here.
Looking for other ideas? Here are some from TripAdvisor.
Cities are filled with delicious restaurants, beautiful parks, and world-class museums, making them a great place to visit with kids. We like to visit New York City at least once every few years, and the kids love seeing shows and exploring everything there is to see. Our proximity to NYC makes that pretty easy, but New York isn’t the only big city worth visiting with kids. Before planning your big city trip, make sure that the kids are the right age for everything that you want to do, since some museums aren’t the most kid friendly.
We haven’t traveled to a National Park yet with our kids, but it’s definitely on our list. National Parks offer so much, from relaxing atmospheres to nature education. For inspiration, here’s a list of ideas from TripAdvisor.
Most of us have some great memories of road tripping with our families. While road trips aren’t always easy, they are such a great way to take a reasonably-priced family vacation. They also help promote family bonding.
I’m not a fan of the cold, but I’ve loved our family ski vacations. They are a great way to enjoy an outdoor activity as a family. Family ski resorts offer many different family-friendly activities, but you can also consider a day trip to mountain. If your kids (or you) haven’t skied before, definitely consider ski school or private lessons. My kids have loved their time in ski school, and didn’t want to leave.
I love the beach, and so our family has experienced many beach vacations. You can also combine your beach vacation with a Caribbean cruise. I prefer visiting a beach resort, which makes things convenient because you can go back to the room whenever you need to.
Another relaxing vacation idea is a guided, group tour. We recently went on a group trip with Adventures by Disney. I enjoyed the relaxing vacation with absolutely no planning responsibilities, while my kids enjoyed spending time with other kids.
Read more about our Adventures by Disney trip.
What types of trips have you taken? Anything that I missed?