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Five Secrets to Family Vacation Success

Done right, traveling with family means fun for everyone.
Done right, traveling with family means fun for everyone.
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We asked Virtuoso advisors who specialize in family travel to share the tips and tricks they use when planning memorable family adventures. Here are their secrets, from packing to nap time.

Remember: An organized suitcase is a happy suitcase.

“If there’s anything I could recommend to help make packing easier, especially for little ones, it would be packing cubes. They were such a game-changer for me. Each family member has a set in a different color.” Samantha Ripper, Memphis
 

Making room for adults-only time is OK.

“Build in adult time. There are so many tempting family activities that it’s often too easy to fill the schedule and never give the adults a break.” – Nora Nowaczyk, Leesburg, Virginia
 

Plan kid-friendly hotel surprises.

“Something cute I had a hotel once arrange were these cool mini teepees in the room for the kids to play and sleep in. They also served a plate of graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows to give the setup a true camping feeling. Happy kids, happy parents.”
– Carissa Gulyas, Waterbury, Connecticut

Take part in kid-friendly cultural traditions, such as sailing toy boats at the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. 
Take part in kid-friendly cultural traditions, such as sailing toy boats at the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. 
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Don’t jam-pack your schedule.

“Plan play time and expect that kids may get tired. Schedule only one half-day cultural activity per day. For example, if you’re in Paris and see the Louvre in the morning, spend the afternoon at the Luxembourg Gardens’ playground or visit some chocolate shops. That way, you can go back to the hotel for a nap if necessary.” – Lisa Cohen-Dumani, Bethesda, Maryland

 
Stay connected – especially on big multigenerational trips.

“I set up a WhatsApp group for my own personal travel this summer with a group of 20. We still use the app to post things that remind us of our adventure.” – Lisa Cohen-Dumani

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