Florida is the ultimate family-friendly destination, especially if you have young children.
If you’re thinking about taking your children to Florida for a vacation, there are a few things you can do to minimize the tears and tantrums, and in sure everyone has a great time.
Here are some top tips if you’re planning to take your kids to Florida this year:
Traveling with kids can be stressful, but one of the best ways to reduce stress is to book well in advance. If you will be visiting the theme parks, check which hotels are close by, and build a rough itinerary around which parks you’d like to visit. The best hotels tend to sell out well in advance, especially the ones closest to the parks. Be sure to consider whether you’d like to hire a car or if you don’t mind relying on the hotel shuttles.
Look for non-stop flights. It can be easy to be overly optimistic about how well your kids will handle travel on the day, but you’ll thank yourself if you pay a little more in advance.
You should also get your Disney tickets before you go, which will help you avoid long periods of time spent stock in line with tired kids.
Don’t pack it all in
For many families, a trip to Florida can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience – especially if you have a few kids. For this reason, it can be tempting to try to pack your time with as many activities, sites, and experiences as possible. It’s no wonder that you see so many kids having meltdowns at the theme parks.
Make sure you set aside plenty of time for resting, relaxation, and naps. Even the most incredible experiences will be underappreciated if your kids are overtired.
Set a budget
It can be easy to get sticker shock when you’re in Florida. This is particularly true if you’re eating at the theme parks and buying souvenirs. Be sure to save well in advance so you have some fun money to play with. Then, create a daily budget based on how much you have to spend. This can be a great lesson in any budgeting for your kids. You may want to try giving them each a small budget for things like snacks, souvenirs, and other things. They can choose to spend their money however they like, but when it’s gone it’s gone.
Are you planning a trip to Florida this year? Leave a comment below and let me know.