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Travel Tricks and Tips: Plan for Fun and Flexibility
Buffer boredom and have a fun family adventure
Guest Post by Maddie Sabbath
Traveling to a new destination can be a fun and novel adventure. Exploring a new place offers so much opportunity for discovery, and the best part is, that you don’t have to travel far to have a great trip with family. Day and weekend trips that may involve just a short drive down the road offer a getaway for the family without the need for extensive planning or preparation.
Franki offers some amazing ideas for day and weekend trips, adventures that can take place this summer and beyond. Indoor adventures or outdoor getaways, Franki has got it covered.
Check out Franki’s article Day & Weekend Trip Ideas: A Checklist for ADHD Families to Have Fun Without Going Far to get the scoop on travel ideas for the family that don’t require extensive planning and have the potential to take place right down the street!
When traveling with the family, it is so important to consider the one- size-does-not-fit-all approach—when it comes to finding fun activities and participating in an experience that each member of the family will enjoy, seeing each child for who they are, and where they are developmentally, is key to keep in mind.
This bring us to Franki’s most important tip for traveling as a family: to right size your expectations for each of your family members.
Enjoy this free sneak peak to Chapter One of Franki's book, I Love My Kids, But I Don’t Always Like Them where she explains this critical concept further.
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Despite our best intentions with planning and preparation and keeping all family members’ interests in mind, sometimes things just don’t go according to plan— that is okay and totally normal!
Franki discusses key tips to getting to know your child(ren) and what type of schedule, routine, or activities may align best with their needs. You’ve got to read Summer Survival Guide: Top Tips for ADHD Parents to discover the best tips to plan and prepare for potential stressors and manage them successfully while having a great time!
While traveling often involves exploring something new, the process of getting to your destination or even participating in some of the trip’s activities may not buffer boredom for all involved. For example, some kids love museums, and some kids find them incredibly uninteresting. Some children may love going out to a restaurant, others may dislike it more than anything.
Packing a sensory backpack is a great opportunity for your child(ren) to have go-to activities to buffer boredom, manage emotions, and promote a positive trip for all involved!
Take a listen to this awesome video, Let’s Pack A Sensory Backpack!, that shares different resources and activities to pack a backpack of your own!
Traveling with the family can be a great time, but going for a mini-vacation without the kids, like an amazing girl’s trip, offers time to rejuvenate and refresh, practicing some self-care and fun along the way. It doesn’t have to be a long or activity-packed getaway!
Why Every Mom Should Go On A Girl’s Trip is a great read to explore opportunities for a fun vacation with your friends without needing to break the bank or plan an extensive itinerary.
Check out some of Franki’s other articles on her Substack, Website, and features on Detroit Mom!
Sometimes, the most needed getaway can simply involve a time to yourself to slow down and practice some self-care, in a way that makes sense for you in that given moment. Whether waiting at the airport gate or sitting in the car, hanging out with yourself for a period of quiet and contentment may be an adventure that we can experience at any time— just at your fingertips.
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