Each year traveling with my kids changes. I have found myself looking less for the closest playground and more for nearby adventures. When I’m planning a vacation I scour the internet for anything related to “Best hotels in CITY X for families”. The thing is, “family” can have a whole mess of different requirements. And don’t get me started on what constitutes “best”. While mine are no longer infants or toddlers, they have still been known to burst into a cannonball or four. So, anything hyped as “romantic” or “zen retreat” is out the window. Here’s a breakdown of what I look for on a family friendly vacation:
- Weather. Nothing spoils a great trip more than bad weather. Boston is a fun and exciting city. Just not in February. So, first we decide what activities do we want to do: beach, ski, city sightseeing, etc. Then, find a place that matches those activities.
- Location. How will we get there? Is it viable during our allotted schedule. I’m dying to visit Australia and Bali, but we can’t quite get our heads around the 24 hour flight. One day…..
- Luxury accommodations. While we don’t live extravagantly at home we want our travel experiences to be all that they can be. That means a room with a view (or butler, as the case may be). More important than the room, is the hotel. Service is paramount, as well as grounds. I’ll take a small room at a nicer hotel, than the other way around.
- Nearby adventures. A beautiful room is great, but we won’t be lounging around all day. I’ll save that for the trip sans kids. We want to make sure we are in a location that is close to the activities we will be exploring.
At the kids new school they not only have Spring Break, but also a Winter Break! So exciting! I am actively planning trips for both, so I’ll keep you updated on when/where/how those come together.