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Family Vacations: Let's Hit The Road!
Family going on a trip in a car

Topics on
Family Vacations:

Let's Hit The Road!
Big Plans,
    Great Expectations
Packing and Prepping
Getting There
Keeping the Peace
The Art of Compromise
Fighting Boredom
Dealing with Relatives
From the Mentors
What do you think of first when you hear the words "family vacation"? Here's what some other IML'ers wrote:

"I had a lot of fun when I went to the beach last month," says Mae, 12. "All of my dad's family went. We had a special kids day, where all of the cousins got to pick out what we were doing that day."

Sierra, 10, remembers: "Last fall we drove cross-country to New Mexico. We live in New England, so it's far! We spent a week there and did all sorts of things. I have a MILLION souvenirs, I swear!"

"The best vacation my family took was when we went to South Lake Tahoe," Patzy, 11, told us. "What made it great was that we forgot about money and concentrated on only having fun!"

There's no doubt about it: vacations can be totally terrific. They're a chance to get closer to the people you love and make lifelong memories. But they can also be very strange times when emotions and expectations run high, and little disappointments can lead to big fights.

A vacation is like a magnifying glass on your family that makes everything about your life together -- the good stuff, the bad stuff, and all the stuff in between -- seem a hundred times bigger.

So how do you keep things in perspective, and have fun, and enjoy your family time together? IML has lots of ideas and advice to help you make your next vacation the best one ever.


Printables Explore the topic of family vacations a little more deeply with a printable IML Journal Page, and check out our list of fiction and non-fiction books on the subject. You can also print out our "Family Vacations" Crossword Puzzle!
Let's start by looking at the first stage of a vacation: Big Plans, Great Expectations.
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What's the most fun about vacations?
Seeing new
        places, doing
        new things.
Spending time
        with my family.
Food,
        entertainment,
        and shopping.


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