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Tips for a Successful Family Vacation

If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you must know that I love to travel. I’ll travel by myself, or with my kids, or just with my husband; I don’t care! Any way I can get out and about, I’m there. I honestly love each type of trip, but I actually think family travel is really important. It brings family together, creates memories, and forms bonds that last a lifetime. Some of my best memories were on trips with my parents and brothers, and I want that for my kids as well. Now, parenting in and of itself can be daunting, let alone taking your kids on a trip! Embassy Suites by Hilton™ has created an amazing resource for families looking to create awesome memories on vacation. On their site you can find special offers, create a personalized web page to communicate specific family details and schedules, book or upgrade rooms and use the Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program! For a family reunion or summer vacation, Embassy Suites is a great fit! I have taken quite a few trips with my kids and have a few tips to share as well! Hopefully these will make your next family vacation a successful, fun time!

Tips for a Successful Family Vacation

successful family vacation

Find fun for the kids

spa time To be completely honest, family vacations might not always be the most fun for the parents. Because let’s face it, the things our kids want to do aren’t always the things we want to do! The thing about kids and memories though is that once you’re together as a family, present and enjoying the activities, the kids will remember it fondly. When we were in Barcelona we made sure to rent little motorized scooters and the boys LOVED it. Recently in San Diego we stayed in the Embassy Suites by Hilton™ San Diego Bay Downtown and we made sure to spend some good family time in the pool. My husband and I made sure to swim with them because we don’t often do that. We even took a boat to land tour which the boys thought was pretty awesome. When you plan a vacation with the kids in mind, they will be entertained and you will be happy that they are creating such fun memories!

Let go of expectations

boys time Perfect vacations don’t exist. There’s always something, especially with kids in tow. And you know what? That’s okay. I think for family vacations we need to let go of the idea that you need to create a perfect experience for your kids. Just be together and have fun! Enjoy each other’s company. If someone is in a crummy mood, just keep on having a good time and they’ll come along. tae's not happy This is my son being so annoyed that I was taking pictures. He was in the crummiest mood and not having any of it. However, the rest of us kept going and once there was some food in his belly, he came around and enjoyed the rest of the day! Tae's Happy

Find the right space

bedroom What’s great about Embassy Suites is that all rooms are a two-room suite. So much space! Who says that parents can’t enjoy themselves a little on vacation too? Embassy Suites  The suite at the Embassy Suites was lovely. We all hung out together either on the bed watching movies together or on the couch in the main area, and then when it came time to go to bed, the boys slept on the pull out couch and we got the bedroom. We could hang out together, watch our own movies and have some nice, relaxing adult time. It was the perfect set up! The view from the 11th floor! The view from the 11th floor!

The hotel itself was right downtown which made it walking distance to restaurants and the pier. There was a ton of natural light coming into the building, which made it really inviting and open. We walked from the hotel to dinner and then walked down by the water. Then in the morning, breakfast was included with made-to-order options like omelets and different types of eggs. In the evening, my husband and I enjoyed the free drinks at happy hour! It really was the perfect place for our little family vacation! There was also a little coffee maker in the room and this is where I chose to have my morning coffee. It doesn’t get much better than that, does it? view balcony


relaxing by the pool It’s okay to not have every minute planned on family vacation. It’s okay to chill in the hotel and make sure you take advantage of all the amenities. It’s okay for your kids to have some down time: watch a movie, hang by the pool, and take advantage of snack time! In our case, we actually took advantage of the free cocktail hour Embassy Suites offers by setting the boys up with a movie while we enjoyed a few drinks. It was lovely. Life can get pretty hectic and busy, vacations are meant to slow down a little bit. Enjoy each other!! We travel a lot with our kids and these are the tips that I live by. Whether it’s overseas or just a couple hours down south, I think anyone can create some awesome family memories on vacation! Embassy Suites by Hilton™ has so many options across the US, you can search here for deals near you. If you’re looking for some more travel tips, you can check some out here. Otherwise, follow Embassy Suites on social media — Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or YouTube — to check out their amazing properties!

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32 Responses to Tips for a Successful Family Vacation

  1. Theresa D July 14, 2016 at 5:58 am #

    The hotel pool is key!

  2. Mami2jcn July 14, 2016 at 9:34 am #

    Bring a pool noodle to put under the bedsheet and you have a DIY bed rail.

  3. Mami2jcn July 14, 2016 at 9:35 am #


  4. Julie Wood July 14, 2016 at 9:57 am #

    I always pack the bare minimum because you can always buy it there. Roll clothes and stuff socks and underwear inside shoes. Wear your heaviest clothes on the flight. Encourage kids to choose and pack their own clothes to minimize complaints and to teach travel skills. . And pack bags with what is needed first on the top — a change of clothes for dinner, pajamas, or what is needed during the day including a change of clothes in case of accidents. This has really helped me with the kids.

  5. Katie pidge July 14, 2016 at 10:06 am #

    We love staying at embassy suites because you have that separate space for the kids! You don’t have to go to bed at 8 on vacation with the kids! Glad you had a great time!

  6. Julie Wood July 14, 2016 at 10:17 am #


  7. Elena July 14, 2016 at 11:22 am #

    My tip is to bring games and audio books to be entertained on the road

  8. Kelly D July 14, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    I like to pack a school bag for each of my kids to carry with their drinks and snacks for the day. They can also store small purchases in the bag.

  9. Kelly D July 14, 2016 at 12:18 pm #


  10. Jessica To July 14, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

    I try to make sure my son has something to do in the vehicle and something to do in the hotel in case we have a rainy day.

  11. Natalie July 14, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

    My best tip when traveling with kids is to be sure and pack an extra set of clothes. Kids tend to get messy and have accidents and an extra set of clothes comes in handy!

  12. Natalie July 14, 2016 at 1:48 pm #


  13. Cheryl B July 14, 2016 at 6:43 pm #

    I like to limit the miles we travel by car to 200-250 miles per day,

  14. Jessie C. July 14, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

    I pack snacks, games and DVDs for our family trips to keep kids busy and calm.
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  15. Jessie C. July 14, 2016 at 8:32 pm #


  16. Livivua July 22, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

    I love carrying sleeping bags that way the little ones can sleep in each other’s family room for a pajama party if you staying at the hotel more than one night

  17. Jeffrey July 24, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    My best family road travel tip is drive through the night if possible especially with little ones. They sleep and are then rested for whatever adventure you have in store!

  18. Jeffrey July 24, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

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  19. donna July 31, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

    i try to pack a day ahead of time

  20. prasert August 8, 2016 at 8:25 am #

    my best tip would be to bring a lot of games and snacks!

  21. michael August 16, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    make sure to check through everything before leaving

  22. Alex August 20, 2016 at 7:32 pm #

    we have to make sure to take breaks and tire the kids out 🙂

  23. Angela Saver October 11, 2016 at 6:21 pm #

    My best family travel tip is to have a master travel list so that I don’t forget anything. I also pack a large trash bag for dirty clothes so we can keep the dirty separate from the clean clothes.

  24. Margaret Smith October 15, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

    I keep a master list for each of us in our family and check off the list whenever we go away. This way nothing is ever forgotten. Thanks so much.

  25. Margaret Smith October 15, 2016 at 3:56 pm #

    Thanks again.

  26. Stefanie G October 31, 2016 at 4:16 pm #

    my favorite family trip is to always prepare lists of things you need to get done so you don’t forget anything!

  27. Stefanie G October 31, 2016 at 4:20 pm #


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