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5 Ideas For a Great Family Vacation

Better Health – It’s not complicated.  A family vacation brings the family together.  A family vacation has proven benefits for the health and well-being of both parents and kids.  For example, Professor Jaak Panksepp, a leading neuroscientist at Washington State University has found when families get out of the “city,’  blood pressure, cholesterol, and stress are reduced; just 20 minutes in nature, can improve the concentration and attention of a child immensely.

Experiential Gifts – Research published in the Journal of Consumer Research states “experiential gifts produce greater improvements in relationship strength than material gifts.” Instead of gifting toys to your kids, planning a special getaway just might keep your kids engaged for a longer period of time with a lot more meaning and purpose.

Communications:  Vacations are laid-back times and provide the best opportunity to discuss issues in a less stressful setting.  Common sense suggests vacations bring family members closer together. Kids are more likely to open up and talk about their joys and fears, parents can use the opportunity to indulge in light-hearted conversations with them and informally discuss the same.  Researchers at Purdue University found family vacations contribute positively to family communication and bonding.

1. It Does Not Really Matter Where We Go: Disney World or the Caribbean would be Nice.  But What’s Most Important is The Family is Together

This book gives you some incredible information for family travels that won’t use up every last cent alongside certain recommendations to enable you to set aside cash and time when all is said in done while on your family escape.

2. A Family Cruise Can Be The Best: The Family Cruise Companion’s Guide to Cruising with Kids Offers You All the Information to Create a Great Trip

This comprehensive book takes you through all aspects of cruising with kids, from considering onboard entertainment options and shipboard child care to travel insurance and preventing exposure to illness on the high seas. You’ll learn packing strategies for parents of small kids and how to select off-ship activities that are best suited for families.

3. See The USA: This Richly Illustrated Book From the Travel Experts at National Geographic Showcases the Best Travel Experiences in Every State, From the Obvious to the Unexpected

Sites include national parks, beaches, hotels, Civil War battlefields, dude ranches, out-of-the-way museums, and more. You’ll discover swamp tours in Louisiana, dinosaur trails in Colorado, America’s oldest street in NYC, and the best spot to watch for sea otters on the central California coast. Each entry provides detailed travel information as well as fascinating facts about each state that will help fuel your wanderlust and ensure the best vacation possible.

4. Family Memories Are Made:  When You Write Your Experiences Down, They are Likely to be More Meaningful and Stay with You Your Entire Life

Taking a family trip or vacation?  Use this journal to keep a record of everything!

  • Plan your trip and packing list.
  • Write what happened on the way there and back.
  • Write down what you did.
  • Sketch what you saw.
  • Rate each day.
  • Paste in photos, tickets, maps, postcards, and more.
  • Keep more stuff in the back pocket.

The Journal also includes:

  • Puzzles and games.
  • Maps of the world, North America, and Europe.
  • Helpful words and phrases in other languages.
  • Metric information.
  • Fun world facts.
  • Travel-related quotes from kid’s books.
  • Full-color photos and illustrations.
  • Acid-free archival paper preserves your journaling. Makes a great keepsake!
  • Elastic band attached to back cover keeps your place or keeps journal closed

5. Life Lessons from Family Vacations:  A Book of Engaging Family Stories that Just May Stimulate Your Own Family Vacation

Family vacations can be great learning experiences and transforming moments of life.

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