Creating a Family Travel Bucket List for Summer and Beyond

Creating a Family Travel Bucket List for Summer and Beyond!


The busy travel season is upon us, and for those of you thinking about embarking on some fun adventures this season, let’s talk about how to plan them effectively so you make the most of the trips you take near or far by creating a family bucket list.

This activity won’t focus solely on where you plan to travel this season or this year. You can create your family bucket list once, update it as needed, and use it as a reference to help you organize future trips you and your little ones can look forward to. Creating a family travel bucket list can enhance bonding and ensure memorable experiences. So, let’s dive in!

Are you looking to plan a multi-family vacation but don’t know where to start? Read my full guide here and download your free MULTI-FAMILY VACATION RESOURCE LIST.
Otavalo, Ecuador

Why Create a Family Travel Bucket List?

Having a family travel bucket list is a great way for you to have amazing places written down and dream about one day traveling to them. This list will be a way for you to get the ball rolling and plan actual family vacations. First, add places you aspire to visit one day, but also be practical and include destinations that fit your current and projected year-end budgets.

Your travel bucket list can and SHOULD have local destinations on it, too! Traveling locally and exploring your hometown is the best way to start traveling. And it’s also a great way to get children to adapt to bigger adventures more slowly. A family travel bucket list will also allow you to set goals for each trip listed.

Goal-oriented questions could include: “What are we looking to learn on our trip to X city?”, “What family member would we like to make a special visit to?”, “How can we volunteer our time in X country to give back during our vacation?”. The goal-setting possibilities are endless!

Creating a Family Travel Bucket List for Summer and Beyond

Think about this process as a way for you to involve all family members in the planning. It should be a fun time and a way to look forward to amazing adventures. See the guide below on creating your family travel bucket list, and download your free Family Travel Bucket List PDF to help get you started (coming soon).

Steps to Create Your Family Travel Bucket List:

Gather Ideas and Inspiration:

  • Have a brainstorming session for the whole family. And make it fun! Break out the snacks, have some chill planning music playing in the background, and create!
  • You’ll want to gather inspiration from as many places as you can. Sources of inspiration like travel blogs, social media, family travel magazines, and YouTube channels are great places to start.

Consider Everyone’s Interests:

  • It’s important to consider everyone’s interests, needs, ages, preferences, and disabilities. Some family members may be more equipped to spend a full day at an amusement park and ride all the rides, while some may prefer a leisurely day at the beach.
  • Think about how you can find activities that will match the energy of the whole group while also including breaks within your schedule for downtime, time away for some, and extra excursions for those in need of additional excursions.
3 Days in San Cristobal: Our Family Adventure in the Galápagos Islands

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Tips for Making the Most of Your Family Travel:

  • Plan Ahead: Preparation is key when traveling with children. Research your destination, including family-friendly accommodations, activities, and dining options. Make a checklist of essential items to pack, including diapers, snacks, toys, and any medications your child may need.
  • Timing is Everything: Consider your child’s schedule when planning your travel times. Opt for flights or departure times that coincide with their nap or bedtime to increase the likelihood of a peaceful journey. If traveling by car, plan rest stops to allow your child to stretch their legs and burn off some energy.
  • Pack Wisely: While bringing everything but the kitchen sink is tempting, pack light and only bring the essentials. Consider investing in travel-friendly gear such as a lightweight stroller, portable high chair, or baby carrier to make navigating airports or sightseeing easier.
  • Keep Them Entertained: Long flights or car rides can quickly become tedious for children, so pack plenty of entertainment options to keep them occupied. Load up a tablet or smartphone with their favorite movies, games, or audiobooks, and don’t forget to pack a few travel-friendly toys or activity books to keep them engaged.
  • Stay Flexible: Despite your best efforts, things don’t always go as planned when traveling with kids. Embrace flexibility and be prepared to adjust your itinerary or expectations as needed. Remember, the journey is as important as the destination, so enjoy the experience and make lasting memories.

Start your family travel bucket list today! Enjoy the process, have fun, and make memories so that when you and your family eventually embark on your great adventures, you will have already practiced spending time with the people you love the most!

If you create a family travel bucket list, please let me know! I would love to learn more about you and your family’s travel style.

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