If you Google vacation tips you will find more lists than you will ever want to read. Some are very informative, some a very vague, and some just don't seem to apply to your needs and family. You need the best vacation tips.What I have put together is a list of what I believe to be the 5 most important tips you'll ever need. With all the other tips out there, which can still be useful, I believe these are the core of a great vacation; the best vacation tips ever!
1. Turn Off The Devices!Vacation is a great time for families to bond, but you can't if everyone is glued to their smart phone, TV, tablets, and video games. Everyone is looking to escape on their vacation and sometimes these devices help, but make sure you set aside time every day to unplug.Vacations are not made wonderful just by places you went. They're made wonderful by the time spent with others. The laughs that were shared, the sand castles that were built together, the experiences that were shared (like someone catching their first fish), and the conversations that shared life.One night you could have a board game night and pull out the old favorites. If your group is large have multiple games going at the same time. You could go to the beach, leaving your devices at the vacation rental. Try to spend at least 2 hours spending time together without the interruption of devices and you may walk away with a vacation with a family that feels more connected to each other.
2. Take Lots Of Photos.While it may be fun to take photos to show off to your Facebook friend and Instagram followers don't forget the take photos just for you. Vacations are an incredible time for making memories and one day you'll enjoy looking back over these photos. They are the ultimate souvenir.I'm not saying always have camera or phone out, ready to grab a shot. You want to create memories, but you don't want to be a constant observer of your family's memories without ever being a participant. Know when to be behind the camera and to put the camera down. While photos may be the ultimate souvenir, time spend together is more important.
- Take photos when you know you won't be involved in what is happening, such as when the children are playing without the adults,
- Don't pose too many of your pictures (although there's nothing wrong with recreating a moment you barely missed).
- We you do pose be sure to get everyone tightly together. It looks more loving and it can be fun getting everyone to get closer to "look like you love each other."
- Avoid using a flash. Just because it is dark doesn't mean you can't get great pictures that capture the moment. In low light situations a flash often breaks the mood and ends a moment.