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The holiday breaks are over, but before you know it, spring break and summer vacation will be here. Traveling with your little ones comes with an entire set of challenges, including picking the right destination, bringing what you need and making sure they are entertained. Here are some tips on taking a great family vacation with young ones:
Go all in: All-inclusive that is. "Choosing an all-inclusive resort can make a vacation easy, especially with young children," said Margie Lenau, travel consultant and owner of Wonderland Family Vacations. "When you need a break, be sure you choose a resort with a great Kid's Club."
Anthony Tucker, of All Inclusive Outlet, said that the fun doesn't just stop with the young ones. "All-inclusive resorts have activities available for the whole family, such as parasailing, paddle boarding or any number of fun water related activities you won't find near home."
Lenau recommends Generations by Karisma in Riviera Maya. "They are all about sustainability and the environment and offer a tour of their 76,000 square foot greenhouse, where kids can choose what they would like to cook," said Lenau. "Children 4 to 12 years old learn about food and nutrition, because this resort promotes healthy eating. Their Eko Kids Club has ball pits, slides, video games, toys, and even a cooking program for Little Eko Chefs. They have colorful chefs' aprons and kitchen utensils and allow the kids to play with their food."
Plan in advance: "You need to make your plans in advance so that you can make sure everything is taken care of, like booked hotels, car rentals, activities, etc.," said Denise Lorentzen with Dreams Travel Consulting. "Planning is the overall key with any vacation because when you are prepared you are more relaxed.
Lorentzen suggests traveling light too. "Try to only pack what you need," she said. "If you are having an extended stay, then wash clothes so you don't have to bring too much. Especially when flying, packing lighter makes getting around easier.
Goody, goody: Lorentzen also suggest making each child their own goody bag. "Fill it with games, books, small tinker toys, snacks and maybe a special candy," she said. "My mom did this for my children when we flew to Disney World and they loved it."
Uh-oh: No one wants to think about a child getting sick or a boo-boo when traveling, but it does happen. "Don't forget about upset tummies or scraped knees either," said Tucker. "While a...