Traveling can be a lot of fun. It’s an exciting time for most families but if you have a large family, you might face some unique problems that other smaller sized families will not. These unique challenges can make it more difficult to plan your trip. Difficult doesn’t mean impossible, however. With the right tips and tricks, you can travel with your large family anywhere you want.
Some of the challenges you face when traveling as a large family are the actual travel itself. Are you taking a car? Well, most cars don’t seat more than 5 or 6 people. Are you flying? How can you ensure you all get to sit together? Another challenge is with where to stay. Does your hotel allow all of your children in one room with you? You don’t want the adults to have to split into two rooms just to have beds for all the kids. Can you book a suite? Will it cost you a fortune?
Here are five tips for traveling with large families to help you:
- Plan in advance. It’s always helpful to plan in advance for any type of travel but when you have a larger family, it’s even more important. Hotels with connecting suites often only have a limited number of them so you want to be sure you can get them. The same for larger rooms and rooms with extra beds.
- Bring your own food. Whenever possible, try to bring your own food. You can spend hundreds of dollars on food for a large family when you’re out and about. If you’re going for a day trip, to the zoo for example, you can bring your own food in a cooler and
- Purchase tickets in bulk. Sometimes you can get group discounts for tickets to attractions and this will help you save more money.
- Plan how you will get there. Your travel arrangements are important and flying with a large family can be really expensive. If you have to fly to get there, you may want to book well in advance to take advantage of the cheapest prices you can get.
- Consider camping or RVing. These are great options for taking a large family. You can go anywhere you want and see anything you want and save on where to stay, make your own food, and have a lot of family bonding time together.
No matter where you’re going or how far from home you will be, these tips can help you travel with your family. No one has to be left behind and you don’t have to stress about how to make it all work. Have fun!