I’ll reveal my secret to tween/teen travel a little later but, in the meantime, let me say that, I hate groundhogs. Well, at least the one that said we were having an early spring. Seriously, just yesterday I was looking out my window and there was a blizzard out there! This March Break was colder than I can remember in a long while. I really cherish those warmer, sunnier few days that often surprise us during the kids’ week off as they help me to look forward to the summer fast approaching.
- Make sure there is plenty of space and insure that everyone can find a spot for some private time if needed.
- Do a “test run” with the family ahead of time to make sure you are compatible. We are a pretty relaxed group so a family with a really regimented routine would not work for us. If you can’t, select someone you know very well and make sure you have similar parenting philosophies.
- Wait until your kids are older. We rented a cottage with a few families when our son was 2. It was terrible. He was too young and his lack of sleep and fussy mood impacted everyone.
- Decide in advance how costs, cooking, etc will be divided.
- Layout any non-negotiables before you commit. If you don’t want your children out unsupervised and your friend is keen to give her’s some independence this could cause some stress and that is the last thing you need on your vacation.
- Relax, enjoy each other’s company and have fun!