4 Tips to Make Your Family Travels More Enjoyable

Disclosure: As a Blogger Ambassador for Hilton Hotels®, I received a complimentary hotel stay at Homewood Suites Hotels. As always, all opinions are my own.

When I created my vision board for this year, one of the things I included was more family travel. I want to give my kids experiences that my husband and I didn’t get to have growing up. One of the main reasons we decided to homeschool was because we want to create a life designed by us. Meaning, if we want to pick up and go in the middle of the week, we can do just that.

Even when you’re going on a shorter trip, there are a few key things that will make life much easier and much more enjoyable.

1. Travel during the week

During high peak times like summer, we’ve found that the places we visit are less crowded when we go during the week. Truth be told, I’m not a huge fan of being in large crowds, especially with the little ones. So while of course, there were a lot of people when we visited Hershey Park during our stay here, I’m pretty sure there would’ve been twice as many people had we gone on a Saturday or Sunday as opposed to a Thursday. Other than the newest ride in the park, we didn’t wait long to get on the majority of the rides.

The other nice thing is that the first day we were in the hotel, we were the only ones in the pool for at least 30 minutes before anyone else came. And even when others came to the pool, it wasn’t as crowded during the week as it might be on the weekends.

2. Look for hotels that offer complimentary breakfast

As I mentioned in my previous post, this was such a big plus! With three kids, free breakfast goes a long way. The fact that Homewood Suites offers not only amazing free breakfast spreads, but complimentary social events during the week, makes it a no brainer as one of our [new] favorite locations to visit.

3. Look for hotel suites that have a kitchen

While we didn’t take full advantage of our kitchen during this stay, it’s something that I am excited to have, especially during extended hotel stays. So if you are planning something like a family reunion or attending a conference, having a kitchen can be a great advantage. I’ve gone on trips before that allowed us to spend less money on food because we were able to cook in our room.

4. Comfort is key

One of the other things I enjoyed about Homewood Suites was the comfort we were able to experience even with five people. It felt like our mini home away from home. The extra bed and pullout sofa bed made our lives easier. There was no need for a rollaway bed, although there was plenty of room for one. But the extra space was appreciated because we didn’t feel like we were on top of each other.

So the next time your family travels include more than a couple night’s stay, definitely look into options like Embassy and Homewood Suites to make your life easier. And for those of you planning family reunions, it’s another great option to consider. You can find out more about how Hilton Hotels is creating stress-free planning for families at HiltonFamilyReunions.com.

Comment below and let me know what are some of your favorite stress-free tips for family travels?

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    August 8, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    I wish I had the patience to homeschool because we would be out and about all over the place and I would seriously have to have a travel blog. I always look for comfort and we are just now starting to travel ourselves it’s nice but it’s costly
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    Siobhan (BeFree Project)
    August 9, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Christine, your kids are so cute. That’s one reason I’m choosing to homeschool, because like you I want to give my kids experiences and teach them what WE want them to know. We’re going to Niagara Falls, NY at the end of the month and these tips will come in handy.

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    August 9, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Your kids are adorable!
    I love these tips. My daughter and I are planning an end of summer get away and this helps with planning.
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    Joyce Brewer (@MommyTalkShow)
    August 9, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Traveling during the week is less hectic. You can also get great discounts on excursions and tickets!
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    Camesha | Mama Motivator
    August 9, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Traveling during the week is a great tip!

    We tend to always find a hotel that includes breakfast. It’s just one less thing to think about.
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    August 10, 2015 at 1:56 AM

    Like Kita, I wish I had the patience to homeschool. I think these are great tips for people who travel often or want to start traveling more.
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    August 10, 2015 at 5:13 AM

    Really helpful tips. Traveling during the week sounds like a real adventure.
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      Christine St.Vil
      August 10, 2015 at 10:02 AM

      Thanks Sasha! Yeah, we try to do everything during the week to avoid the crowds 🙂

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    August 10, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Your littles are so adorable. Let me tell you any hotel with free hot breakfast is a winner for me! Breakfast is the one meal I don’t want to think about while on vaca. Having it waiting is fabulous!

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      Christine St.Vil
      August 10, 2015 at 10:02 AM

      Thanks MJ! Yes, and I loved that it was REAL breakfast and not just fruit and creal LOL

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    August 10, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    These tips are great! especially the one about traveling during the week. Large crowds and small kids do not match!


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      Christine St.Vil
      August 10, 2015 at 10:03 AM

      Thanks Aidah! OMG you are so right about that! I don’t like large crowds by myself, so it stresses me out with the little ones lOL

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    August 10, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Good tips and yes lort comfort is everything. As much as I love my peeps, I always need some space/time to myself even if just a little.
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    August 10, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    These are some great tips, some of which I’ve used myself.
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    Chasing Joy
    August 10, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    These are really good tips. Especially to go during the week. A lot of people don’t even consider that. Hotel prices are cheaper and the driving is easier too.

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    August 10, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    We once took a rather long road trip to ATL and we went during the week so I know first hand it really makes a difference.
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