Take a Vacation
Summer is the time to take a family vacation, consider a road trip this year! Some of my fondest childhood memories are of summertime trips. Both of my parents were teachers so they had summer time off. However, as teachers, there was not much of a budget for travel. They would strategically plan road trips around places where friends or relatives lived so lodging was simply camping out in their living rooms. It made for great variety and fun. Ask your children how they would like to plan an inexpensive family vacation and then explore making it a reality.
If you could plan a trip within 200 miles of our home, where would you go and why?
This is a question that may be asked at the dinner table but you may give them a day or two to do some research and finish the discussion during another dinner. Be intentional about following up and finishing the conversation.
Which relatives would you most like to visit and why?
Family is important. Getting to know your extended family can enrich your lives and stabilize the foundations of values you want to encourage with your children. As they consider their aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives be ready to share your memories of them as well.
How much do you think it would cost to take a family road trip to (insert your pick from their response to previous questions here)?
Understanding the cost of a trip will help them come alongside you not only in planning the trip but also in accepting the arrangements and excursion opportunities along the way. Since one of your goals as a parent is to raise children who can make wise financial decision, including them in the process of budgeting a summertime trip can be extremely beneficial.
For the older children, you may even challenge them to develop a whole budget for your vacation. In fact, try setting a budget and let them decide how to best spend the money. You may be surprised at how far they can stretch a dollar or at how accurately they can forecast expenses.
Once your trip is planned and your family has considered the above conversations, visit this site for free downloadable travel games: http://www.tripsavvy.com/travel-games-for-family-road-trips-3265630 and let the fun and memory making begin!