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10 Tips For Traveling With Another Family & Coming Back Friends

It’s all in how you prepare.

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Be selective about the families you travel with. Do all the adults get along? Do the kids bicker with too much time together? Everyone on the trip should bring out the best in each other, not get on each other’s nerves.

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Talk in depth about the budget and how expenses will be covered. Some families might prefer to pay for everything separately, while others are happy to book together, save their receipts, and split costs at the end of the trip. Discussing it upfront can prevent conflicts later.

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Make sure everyone has their own space. Travel can be stressful, especially with kids and big groups. Everyone should have a space for rest or decompressing. Having the ability to take a moment could prevent a blow up, between kids or adults.

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Be clear about your must-haves. If you want to stay right on the beach, but your friends want to stay a few blocks away to save money, perhaps you rent two places. Everyone should get what they want out of the trip to prevent resentment, while still respecting everyone’s budgets.

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Book experiences and excursions in advance. Chances are a group your size may not get to do everything you want without having your spots reserved, and this allows you to plan around nap times, meals, and anything else the kids may need. Plus, booking ahead usually saves money.

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Ask the other parents about their routines and rules. When do their kids go to bed? How do they handle screen time? And how can you all handle any differences in those things while your kids are together? Talking out potential hurdles upfront: always a good thing.

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Plan which meals you’ll prepare at home (and who will do the cooking and cleaning) versus when you’ll dine out. This helps everyone know their role, and will keep duties evenly split during the trip. It’s also nice to know your food delivery options at your rental, just in case.

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Discuss room arrangements in detail. Most rental homes have one primary bedroom. Will you draw straws? Have one couple pay more for the bigger bedroom? Or swap rooms halfway through the trip? Try and predict any differences like this and get ahead of them to prevent conflict.

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Come to a consensus on discipline. If you’re making a meal and your friends are supervising the kids, are you comfortable with them disciplining your child? What for, and how? Chances are you know their parenting style already; just dive in a little deeper before the trip.

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Don’t take anything personally. Everyone has their own needs, preferences, habits, and things they want out of their vacay. If someone gets a little snappy while stressed or chooses to do an activity alone, don’t think it’s your fault or hold it against them after the trip.

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