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
Find fun for the kids
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
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. 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!
Find the right space
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? 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 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?
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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