When it comes to planning a family vacation, it can be a time of great excitement—especially if the event is based around a family reunion or a wedding.
Whether you are the host or a guest, there are a lot of points to consider when planning the trip. You will want to minimize disruption and ensure that everyone feels welcome. This can be tricky if you have family members with food allergies, dietary requirements, physical mobility issues, or young children.
Here are some ways that you can make your next family vacation inclusive for everyone.
Hire Appropriate Transport
Are you traveling with all of the family to the hotel or resort? Do you have a family member with limited mobility?
If so, you may need to look into renting a car that can allow them to place their wheelchair in the trunk. Or, you may need to hire a car that can allow them to sit in the vehicle itself while in their wheelchair.
There are some options on alliedmobility.com that can help you choose the right option for your family.
Find A Hotel With Allergy-Friendly Options
Many people have gluten allergies; some people cannot eat milk or dairy; and some people in your family may be vegan, vegetarian, or even follow another diet such as keto. So, when choosing a resort or hotel to stay in, be sure to check their menu, or call ahead and ask if they can offer the dietary options that are required. This will make sure that everyone is catered for and will reduce stress on the overall event.
Remember, Silence Is Golden!
Many children suffer from sensory overload issues, or they may have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. This means that when choosing somewhere to visit with them, you will want it to be as under-stimulating as possible. Think about what they are sensitive to, then check for hotels and resorts that can offer quiet spaces where they can relax without noise or irritation.
This can make the vacation more relaxing for everyone involved.
Include Everyone In The Planning
It has happened to many people: they have been invited to a family get-together on the other side of the country, in a set hotel or location, and now they need to put down a deposit—even if where they are going is not their cup of tea.
To avoid this, get everyone involved in the planning. That way, you can all openly discuss your requirements, as well as where you can all afford to go. Once again, this will reduce stress and make the vacation more enjoyable.
Choose Child-Friendly Accommodation
You don’t want to stay in a hotel or motel that isn’t child friendly, as it is the kids’ vacation too! So be sure that anywhere you stay can offer entertainment and food choices for children—including smaller meals, a playground, and even a pool. This will allow parents in the group to relax, and will, of course, allow the kids to play and have fun.
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