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November 30, 2017

Holiday Hacks: How To Survive A Family Vacation

The holidays are just around the corner and this season of merrymaking brings a lot of quality time catching up with family. And while family vacations are meant to be a relaxing activity, this can also be a stressful time that involves a lot of planning and compromise. Ahead, we share a few tips on how you can enjoy and survive a family vacation.

Get involved

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Don’t leave the planning and the logistics with just one member of the family! Turn the trip into something more meaningful by making sure everyone gets to pick an activity they’d like to do or an attraction they want to see.

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Let everyone vote or decide on a destination that will fit the family’s interests. Maybe you’re a family of foodies? We recommend a trip to Bangkok or Tokyo. A bunch of adventure seekers? Perhaps New Zealand or South Africa will do. Hoping for a vibrant city escape? Hop through the cities of Europe or take a quick flight to Hong Kong.

Divide and conquer

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Some family members are good at logistics, while others are better at taking photos. Delegate and assign a responsibility based on personal strengths and skills, so you can each focus on what you’re good at while contributing to making your vacation even better. While there might still be hiccups along the road, it would help you defuse a difficult situation if you know who’s responsible for what.

Decide on who pays for what

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Talking about money can be a bit taboo sometimes, but it’s better to be upfront about it especially if you’re traveling with the family. If you’re all adult, working professionals, it can be as simple as setting one big budget for the group or delegating different parts of the finances to each person.

Go for me time

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Going on a vacation with your family doesn’t mean you have to be with them 24/7. Carve some time for the family members to go out and explore on their own, so you can each gain a personal perspective of your destination. Taking a few hours for yourself to decompress, whether it’s sleeping in or going for a dip in the hotel pool, will also do you good. Dealing with anxious travelers? You can also pair up or separate into smaller groups based on travel preferences.

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