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?