Thanks to years of traveling with her husband and two sons—on all kinds of trips, from affordable East Coast road trips to unconventional far-away spring breaks—Wendy has developed some worthwhile sanity-saving advice. Browse through her best tips below, along with some from her kids, and bookmark what you need for your next family vacation. If you need help, start here.
Decide on a destination
Wendy has taken her boys all over the world.
Wendy and staff writer Brook Wilkinson, mom to a 5-year-old, wrote some of these stories after returning from specific holidays, but the ideas are applicable to many times of the year. Don’t forget that most destinations can be family-friendly if you work with the right travel planner to make it work for your specific group. So get someone to bring you a mimosa and spend some time dreaming your way through The WOW List for more ideas. If you’re torn between destinations, Ask Wendy.
How to Make Sophisticated Travel Destinations Fun for the Whole Family
Wendy’s Trip Photos from Morocco: An Unusual Spring Break Idea
Unexpected Spring Break Vacation Ideas
Unexpected Holiday Travel Ideas For Christmas and New Year’s
Rent A Villa In Italy For the Whole Family
Avoiding Crowds in National Parks—Even at the Busiest Times
The Family Summer Vacation Idea It’s Not Too Late to Book
Summer Vacation at a Ski Resort? Yes, and Here’s Why
This Beach Resort Figured Out How to Connect with Local Culture
Adventurous, Exotic Travel with Young Kids: It Is Possible
How to Find the Perfect Vacation Rental: Tips for Your First Time, or any Time
Five Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Kids in Vietnam
Uzbekistan Is the Family Vacation Idea You’ve Been Missing
5 European Cities that are Surprisingly Kid-Friendly
Best Activities for Children in Costa Rica
We Had the Best Family Trip in Whistler and We Never Put on Skis
Italy Vacation Ideas for Every Age
How to Transform a Disney Trip from Average to Extraordinary
4 Great Ideas for Graduation Trips
Remove the stress factors
Flying with the kids, especially small ones, doesn’t have to be torture. Photo: Brook Wilkinson
It’s true that every family is different, but it’s also true that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time you plan a family vacation. The following advice will see you through some of the most challenging travel moments.
Watch: How to Make Family Trips Fun
10 Keys to a Peaceful Family Vacation
10 Easy Ways to Prevent Travel Headaches Just by Snapping Photos
What to Know Before Booking Your Family Cruise
How to Get Your Child to Try New Foods When Traveling
How to Save Time and Tantrums in Amusement Parks
How to Keep Your Kids Happy on a Cruise
Why You Should Sleep In a Museum
How to Have a Kid-Friendly River Cruise
Why My Most Relaxing Vacation Was a Disney Cruise
8 Secrets to a Stress-Free Flight With Toddlers
How to Ace Long-Haul Flights with Young Kids
How to Get the Best Private Guide For a Trip With Kids
What if it’s a road trip?
We’ve got a series of tips for how to minimize the backseat spats and maximize the fun:
The Keys to Planning the Perfect Road Trip
10 Apps That Will Improve Any Road Trip
Family Road Trips: How to Eliminate Stress and Bickering
Don’t Take a Road Trip Without Packing These
Three Things You Should Always Stop For
When you prepare for a trip, it’s smart to prepare for an emergency too. Photo: Peggy Marco/Pixabay
Don’t let fear (of anything) stop you from getting the vacation you deserve. Wendy has written extensively about the importance of traveling at all ages, and how to arm yourself with the information and resources you need, whether you’re concerned about Zika, terrorism, health emergencies, or just losing your luggage. And don’t forget: the most essential tools you can have in your prep kit are a good travel planner who knows the terrain and an insurance plan. All of the Trusted Travel Experts on The WOW List have extensive networks on the ground and reliable staff watching out for you throughout your trip.
How to Buy Travel Insurance: What It Covers, When You Need It
How to Be Prepared for an Emergency When You Travel: 15 Simple Steps
The Real Things You Should Be Wary Of When Traveling Abroad (Hint: It’s Not Terrorism)
Watch: This Is How to Interpret Travel Warnings
7 Keys to Traveling Without Fear Despite Terrorist Attacks
Watch: How to Protect Yourself From Zika Virus and Mosquito Bites
How to Avoid Food Poisoning When You Travel
Be a smarter traveler: Use Wendy’s WOW List to plan your next trip. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter @wendyperrin, and Instagram @wendyperrin, and sign up for her weekly newsletter to stay in the know.