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Home Resource Center Travel Tips Planning How to make the best of family travel...

How to make the best of family travel...

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Over the River and Through the Woods for the Holidays We Go...
The plane is late, the kids are crying, and the car awaits a tow. So... who says travel is fun?


    Writers learn that a measure of adversity and conflict added to the plot makes for a far better read--stories are more colorful and interesting. I believe this is also true of travel, and of life in general for that matter.
The Miraculous Staircase in the Loretto Chapel.Now don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t wish misfortune on any of my travels just for the sake of color. However, when faced with those annoying travel mishaps, and they will happen--I try to view them all as opportunities.
        For example, if it weren’t for our lost hotel reservations on a small South Pacific island would my son, Cody and I have met so many kind islanders. They were concerned and helpful, even taking us into their homes.
        Because of a rainy day in Mexico on another trip, Cody and I found hiking among the jungle ruins a much cooler option, plus it eliminated those pesky mosquitoes! We also discovered that tarantulas seek the warm highway pavement after a good rain.
        And, due to a mix-up in plane seats, Cody and I were once treated to a first class flight. Ah, but you say these unexpected turns have happy endings. What about those other not so fortunate times? I still view these as opportunities, too. I have learned that there are not only options but also that being resourceful and creative can lead to even more options--and a better chance at finding a happy ending. I’ve also learned to be reasonable and practical in my travel expectations.
        Each adversity strengthens my resolve and ultimately provides a sense of accomplishment and added confidence. I know that if I plan to make the best of any situation, I’ll be more apt to have a fantastic experience that offers the adventure I seek in travel... and in life. My response to most travel hiccups is... “That makes for adventure!”
        As a parent I learn to role model for my son, enabling him with the attitude and tools to deal with adversity--learning to travel and live life with confidence.
       Ever notice after returning home from a trip that the unexpected happenings are among the most memorable? They often add humor and intrigue as we share our adventures with others.
        As you and your family travel over the river and through the woods this holiday season, take with you this thought...

        Travel can be a cornucopia of opportunities and from that comes great memories.

        ...And, that’s why travel is fun!

Holiday Travel Survival Tips

        Before heading out this holiday season, tuck a list of these Travel Survival Tips in your pocket and refer to it often. By keeping a positive attitude, you can create memorable family adventures.

• View travel mishaps as opportunities.
• Be resourceful and creative in solving travel hiccups.
• Resolve adversities with confidence.
• Be reasonable and practical in travel expectations.
• Plan to make the best of any situation.
• Role model a positive attitude for the kids.
• Smile... and turn travel mishaps into memorable family adventures.

 Happy Traveling!

~Deb Cornick, Have Children Will Travel 

 

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