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Bring one pair of comfortable walking shoes as well as a pair of sandals or Tevas. Before you leave home, break in your new shoes so you're not uncomfortable on the road.

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Kid-Friendly Summer Trips


Pamela Lanier onboard the Eric

This summer, I have tackled a big hurtle any family-oriented traveler must face: how to choose a kid friendly vacation that is fun, relaxing, and memorable not only for your kids, but for yourself as well. I was lucky enough to get the chance to take a cruise around the Galapagos this summer with my teenage daughter, which was the trip of a lifetime for us both. We traveled aboard the Good Ship Eric, which is an Ecoventura cruise ship, and spent a week island hopping to my hearts content.

The crew aboard the Eric was wonderful, and even gave some advice about family travel! Our guides mentioned that keeping in mind the age-appropriateness of your destination is important, and I completely agree. A trip to the Galapagos where the complexities of evolution and nature can be puzzling even for adults might go above younger kids' heads. Galapagos turtles Our guides recommended that a trip like ours was more suitable for kids 12 and up, who can really appreciate the natural phenomenon in play all around the islands. Remember to also look into the various activities made available to your kids and make sure they line up with their ages, interests, and goals for your vacation.

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Cruises, like the one my daughter and I enjoyed, are sometimes custom designed for families, thus allowing like-minded parents and kids to enjoy their vacation with peers. This was a really lovely bonus for me, as I enjoyed the company of my fellow parents and grandparents, while my daughter had entertainment in the younger kids and other teens. The fact of being a family cruise also meant that our guides were fully prepared for the different ages and education levels of the kids aboard the ship. They were excellently informative during scuba diving and hiking, as well as while touring the islands, but they did not get too technical or go over the kids' heads. They also made sure to let all aboard the ship know that we were welcome to speak with them after their tour if we had more in depth questions or wanted to know more about, say, baby sea turtles or marine iguanas.

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The destination you choose plays a huge part in how your kid friendly vacation will turn out this summer, but remember that there are ways to prepare yourself and your kids before and during your vacation, so that everyone will have a memorable trip! Remember to pack downtime activities, like books, coloring supplies, or even the iPod with a few new videos loaded up, so your kids can get a break from all the excitement and energy of a fun destination. Also, don't expect your destination to have fast or easy access to snacks and food bring some energy boosters for those fun-packed days when you will be out and about. I found an ideal snack called Fruit Strips from Stretch Island Fruit Co., which are all-natural snacks perfect for a family vacation day on the go. And most importantly, remember to stay hydrated this summer! Bringing along refillable water canisters for everyone will make sure there is always water handy. Another item I am intensely glad I brought for myself and my daughter were travel logs I encourage everyone, especially youngsters, to record their exciting days on vacation. If you'd like to read my full experience in the Galapagos, please go here. Pamela Lanier and daugher, Galapagos

The rest of the summer will go by fast, so definitely take this opportunity to put some of these tips to use, and take the kids on a memorable summer vacation while the sun is still out! If you keep these suggestions in mind while getting your trip together, it will definitely go off without a hitch. I hope your summer travels go as swimmingly as mine have gone this year, and you get to make some unforgettable family memories!

Best,

Pamela

P.S.

Please check out the daily diary of my trip to the Galapagos (including recipes!), which can be found here. Also, see more pictures of my adventure here!


Comments


Thank you that is such wonderful advice...we too have had many family vacations that have started out with trips to explore possible new colleges and have ended up being such fun with all our family involved. You can certainly see some wonderful and unexpected sights on these road trips.

Jane Smith, Virginia.

Thank you Pamela for all your ideas. You have inspired my wife and I to take a long road trip this summer while taking our son to his new college. We are planning a different route there this time and hope to take in the many wonderful sights along the way there.

Mallard Cross, Oregon

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