Tips For Planning A Family Winter Getaway

If you’re lucky enough to be travelling this winter — to a warm beach or you’re planning to simply enjoy a weekend getaway at a nearby town or city — keep these tips in mind for a fun and stress-free holiday.

  1. Schedule travel time wisely. Whether you’re taking a plane, train, automobile or minivan, try to plan the bulk of your travel during a better time of day for your kids. If they have a hard time waking up early, opt for an afternoon trip. If they get sleepy and cranky in the evening, a daytime trip is best.
  2. Pack like a pro. In addition to the clothes and toiletries you’ll all need, bring plenty of healthy snacks and drinks, a first aid kit, and wipes to clean up spills and messes. Involve the kids in the packing process, asking them to pick out a few things to bring for entertainment. And don’t forget to stock up on a few surprise items like colouring pages, mini games and activity books for when unexpected boredom hits.
  3. Choose activities together. Head to the library or fire up your devices at home to do research on your destination as a family. It’s a great opportunity for kids to learn about where you’re heading, and for everyone to feel like they’re contributing to the trip. Have each family member pick a place they want to visit, which should help create a mix of kid and adult-friendly activities.
  4. Hold down the fort. Just because you’re away doesn’t mean your financial obligations take a break. Be sure to enroll for direct deposit so that you don’t miss receiving your Canada Child Benefit, GST/HST credit and other government payments. This way you’ll also have a steady cash flow and money to spend while away.


COURTESY: News Canada