How to create a distraction-free vacation

Tuesday, February 9, 2010
In this fast paced world, filled with all sorts of distractions, it can be challenging to keep your family focused during a vacation. Here are some tips to eliminate distractions and keep everyone on the same page. TwitterMoms and Alamo are sponsoring a blogging contest to share your 10 tips for creating a fun-filled family vacation free of distractions! Below are my tips. I hope they come in handy during your next vacation!

1. Ditch the electronics. We allow the Nintendo DS and iPods on the airplane. Once we get to our destination, those things get packed until we are ready to leave.

2. Keep cell phone/smart phone and laptop use to a minimum. I understand that my husband needs to check in each day. As an executive, it is important for him to keep his pulse on what's going on back at the office. Schedule certain times of the day when laptops and smartphones are permitted. Otherwise, it gets out of control and you never get out the door.

3. Take lots of video and photos, but don't let your camera control you. I'm an avid photo taker, but I recognize that I'm a puppet on a string with my camera. It will rule you if you let it. Put it down to enjoy time with your family.

4. Keep the TV off. Period.

5. Take advantage of kids programs. They offer a taste of the local scenery and are more often than not, educational. Throw in some learning with all the fun.

6. Don't overschedule your time. Everyone needs some downtime to relax by the pool, on the beach or curl up on the patio with a book or magazine.

7. Ask the kids to do some of the planning. Allow them to schedule a special meal out or a sunset walk or cruise.

8. Bring travel board games, puzzles, and coloring books for the kids (and yourself). These games, unlike handheld electronics, offer enjoyment for the entire family.

9. Allow everyone time to enjoy his or her personal activities. No one likes being forced to participate in an activity that he/she doesn't enjoy. Encourage individual participation.

10. At the end of your vacation, recap your favorite and funniest moments.

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