5 Types of Vacations to Plan for Your Family (and what they’re good for)

This April we went on a week long vacation to Florida as a family. My husband planned the trip; so, naturally, it was planned around baseball. He is on a mission to see all of the MLB stadiums, and this trip checked 3 more off his list. This is my second baseball tour trip to do with Darren, and let me tell you–it has opened my eyes to a whole new way to vacation. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite way to vacation, but it is really fun and certainly has its place within the spectrum of vacationing.


After this trip I have been thinking a lot about the different vacations I have gone on and how I get different things out of each one. So this post is about “types” of vacations and what each one is good for.



1. This is a real favorite for my husband’s family. They LOVE to go on road trips touring different baseball stadiums, historical sights, and famous landmarks. These can be really fun with the right people and a comfortable vehicle, but they can also be a bit stressful when driving so much. They key is planning well. You really need to know exactly where you are going on each day, how long it will take to get from place to place, and what you will be doing in each location. You may also want to coordinate places to stay ahead of time, especially if you can save money in some areas by staying with friends or family. Overall, this is a great option for checking off lots of experiences from your bucket list within a short amount of time. But, if you are looking to relax and detox from your busy life, this may not be the right vacation type for you.



2. I love a good relaxing destination vacation. These trips include comfortable accommodations (like a nice cabin or condo). I also like to do them in pretty places like the beach or the mountains. One that we have gone on several times is to our friend’s cabin on the beach of Bear Lake, Idaho. We just relax all day on the back deck or on the beach, take an occasional dip in the water, eat good food, play a game, watch a movie, read a book, or take a mid-day nap. These types of trips are perfect for detoxing from normal busy life and rebooting.



3. This is one of my personal favorites! I really love getting out and being active in nature. Camping, hiking, biking, canoeing, etc. Since we live in Utah, we have done several trips to national parks. I love to go out during the day for biking or hiking and then come back to the condo or campsite and relax in the evening. These trips are great because they mix fun activities with relaxation, and it’s a nice change of pace to get away from responsibilities and technology.



4. It’s always fun to explore a new city (or an old favorite). The rush of a big city can be exhilarating! Plus, cities always have tons of fun things to do–museums, site-seeing, restaurants, theme parks, zoo’s, shops, the list goes on and on. Darren and I have loved exploring cities around the United States and beyond (for him anyways). New York City is a personal favorite. It is so fun to go to walk around Time Square, Central Park, all of the shops; or catch a Broadway show, tour a studio (like NBC), go to the Statue of Liberty; and just enjoy all of the local food. Just make sure that you plan well so that you make sure you have time to see and do all of the things you would like. These kinds of vacations are a blast, but they are less about relaxing and more about building life experiences.



5. By far, most of our vacations are simple, good old family visits. Both of our families live FAR away (mine is in Mississippi, and Darren’s is in California); so, we end up using most of our vacation time visiting home. We always have a great time on these trips! It is nice to spend time with family, and we always love the comfort of home. Plus, our daughter, Addie, loves to see her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins! Often times being around so much family to entertain Addie gives me a much needed break from momming all day every day. These vacations are great for saving money (since you can stay with family) and family bonding.




No matter what type of vacation you go on, you are sure to have a great time, but it helps to think about what it is you want (relaxing vs. adventure, etc.) before you plan which one to do. So what do you need this summer? An Adventure? A new city? Relaxation? Family Bonding? Maybe a little of everything? YES PLEASE!!

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