Tips for a Stress-Free Family Vacation

August 27, 2018

My family and I recently spent a relaxing week at Green Mountain Reservoir in Colorado for what we like to call our annual “Ohana Gathering”.

Let’s face it – vacations can be stressful. They’re not always a drink-in-your-hand and feet-in-the-sand kind of deal. First, there’s the planning and coordinating that has to happen before the trip takes place. Once you make it to your destination, a myriad of different hurdles can occur: kid-wrangling, adverse weather conditions, accommodating different interests in the group and more.

Before our adventures in Colorado, I stumbled upon a handy list from Ekornes that included five tips for planning a stress-free vacation. Keep reading to discover how we incorporated their recommendations into our recent travels:

A Quiet Getaway vs. a Bustling City: The point of our annual “Ohana Gathering” is to relax and enjoy quality time with each other. This is why we opted for Green Mountain Reservoir, which is located in the small town of Heeney. When I say small, I mean TINY – the population is only 50 in the winter and 200 in the summer!

Avoid Overscheduling: This was an easy one for us and the unstructured nature of our trip created some of my favorite memories! Our grandchildren enjoyed rousing matches of Old Maid and learned how to lake surf (see right). Our group also enjoyed competing against each other in bean bag toss, reading, watching hummingbirds, and, of course, napping. There were also plenty of family photos taken (although this was more like herding cats – extremely amusing!) and meals made together as a family.

Put Your Phone Away: Although it can be tough, this one seems like a no-brainer to me. The area that our Airbnb was located in had absolutely no cell phone reception! It felt like I was back in the 1980’s and it was absolutely divine.

Plan Time Away from Each Other: I think this is a critical one to remember – especially when large families travel together. It’s okay to participate in activities that do not include the whole group! In our case, some family members enjoyed boat rides and water sports while others lounged around the cabin enjoying quiet time, reading or napping. The best part is reconvening over the dinner table to share that day’s adventures with each other!

Sleep is Your Friend: Did I mention nap time already?

What type of family traditions do you do in the summer? I’d love to hear more about them in the comments below!

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