They are the one stop shopping of family vacations - resorts. Drop you bags, grab your bathing suit/ski suit/golf clubs, go eat down the pathway, and don't worry about leaving the comfy confines of your destination until it's suddenly time to go home. We love resort vacations for their simplicity. Here's a few tips to make the most of your next stay.
|Enjoy your resort vacation!|
|Take some time to look over all the options and make plans.|
- Reserve food. Make dinner reservations a few nights during your stay. Just like you, most of the other guests do not plan on leaving the resort so you all are heading to the same restaurants at the same time. If there's a restaurant or two at the resort which you definitely don't want to miss, make reservations. Do this before you even leave home for the best options.
- Have a rain plan. Most likely, your vacation plan is not to stay indoors all day. Whether it's the beach, the lake, or mountain ski-ing, your ultimate plan is to get outdoors. And unless you get really lucky, at some point, you're going to get rain or ice or too much sun or something that's going to drive you inside. In that case, you and the family will need a plan so that you don't drive each other nuts. Of course, there's TV, rented movies, and video games, but let's say you want something else. Go back to your review of whatever the resort offers and check out some of those indoor things - the arcade, the make-your-own-pizza spot. Hey, what about the spa?
|Into every vacation, a little rain will fall.|
- Give everyone a choice. This is a family vacation, so make it fun for everyone. You all probably don't have exactly the same likes and favorite things to do (if so, I'm impressed!) so give everyone a chance to pick an activity. You might give each family member a turn to choose one activity and all others follow along without complaint. Or perhaps, the family will divide up - all those who want to go to the beach gather up your towels, all those who want to go play golf, head to the course.
- Relax and enjoy. Now that you've got your loose plan for the week, dinner reservations, and snacks, kick back and relax. Grab your book and bury your feet in the sand, let the kids run wild, and enjoy the break from home.