How to Have the Restful Family Vacation You Really Want

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Ever needed a vacation from your vacation? I sure have.

Family vacations can be wonderful times of exploration and discovery.

But restful? Ha. That seems almost like a pipe dream, doesn’t it?

Exploring new places is fun, but the truth is, that what most families on vacation really need is one thing:

Rest. True, soul-filled replenishment.

And while that sounds like a tall order (ever traveled with four kids?), I promise it is possible!

Ever needed a vacation from your vacation? I sure have. Exploring new places is fun, but the truth is, that what most families on vacation really need is one thing: Rest. True, soul-filled replenishment. And while that sounds like a tall order, it’s totally possible! Here how this family of six is making it happen year after year… and how your family can have restful family vacations too (really!). 21 fantastic tips here!

For the past few years, my husband and I have learned the fine art of planning a trip that brings adventure but still much-needed down time.

Friend, I want to share what we’ve discovered so that your family can truly be replenished on your summer vacation!

These tips make all the difference!

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Chris - July 17, 2015 Reply

We just got back from vacation. The first 4 days were jam packed but the remaining 6 were much more laid back and relaxing.

    Alicia Michelle - July 18, 2015 Reply

    That’s great to hear! We had a good mix of busy and relaxed days on our vacation this year too. Enjoy the rest of your summer and thanks for sharing!

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Rebecca - July 21, 2015 Reply

I hear you, it always takes time and EFFORT to relax on a vacation! That looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing and linking up at Favorite things Friday my friend! Hope to catch your scopes sometime soon! 🙂

    Alicia Michelle - July 24, 2015 Reply

    Thank you, Rebecca! Yes, time AND effort to relax… that’s a good way to put it. But it’s effort well-spent (once you can get to that relaxation point!) LOL Thanks for sharing. 🙂

Mother of 3 - April 27, 2016 Reply

I had to click on this link and read up…. see we’ve just decided on a beach vacation for our family this year (after the season ends) and my boys told my husband that he could not plan a bunch of things for us to do each day and travel all around “seeing stuff” since they want to play on the beach and enjoy our hotels waterpark. I burst out laughing at my husbands befuddled look because it’s ME! I am the culprit. I can not sit still. When we travel I like to get out and explore everything all around us; soak it all in and do as much as we can. I truly do not think I can sit on a beach for 3 days without going nuts but I sure am going to try since the whole family wants to relax and enjoy.

    Alicia Michelle - May 1, 2016 Reply

    Oh, I just laughed reading this because I am the culprit in my family too. But God has taught me so much the past few years about how those type of vacations are NOT what our family needs right now. And now that we’ve made the switch to more “chilled out” vacations with lots of free time and open plans, we’re finding so much more rest and peace from them. But I have to admit that those first few days are still really hard for me because it takes me that long to just SIT and NOT have major plans (which is totally against my nature!). I hope you enjoy your beach vacation! Sounds wonderful.

Lisa/SyncopatedMama - May 1, 2016 Reply

We spend a month camping out in the mountain wilderness each summer, which can be pretty relaxing, once we get there and get settled in! Thanks for joining us at #FridayFrivolity this week!

Amy - May 18, 2016 Reply

I am taking my nephew (16) with us on vacation this year for the first time to Florida. Thank you for these tips as I’m used to traveling without kids. These tips I’m sure will help tremendously!! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Alicia Michelle - May 22, 2016 Reply

    That sounds like a great trip! Enjoy! And I’m glad that you discovered some new tips to bring rest and peace to your upcoming vacation. Thanks for sharing!

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Laurie - June 15, 2016 Reply

What a great post! Now, to plan that family vacation… 😉

Thank you for sharing with us at Good Tips Tuesday!
Your post was featured this week!

Mistie - June 23, 2016 Reply

These are excellent tips! My husband and I used to joke in the same way that we needed a vacation from vacations. We started implementing some of the ideals you listed and will add to now that I read this 🙂 Family vacations have been so much more relaxing. BIG YES: Disney World = not relaxing. Beach house = super relaxing.

    Alicia Michelle - June 27, 2016 Reply

    Yes! I think that’s how some of these changes happened for us. We were tired of coming home from our vacations more exhausted then when we left! LOL I hope you’re able to have a truly restful family vacation this summer!

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