How to Plan a Vacation the Whole Family Will Enjoy

The Griswold family standing in front of a packed-up car waving goodbye to someone before heading out on a road trip
National Lampoon's Vacation via Warner Bros.

Don't make the decision all on your own.

Planning a vacation the whole family will enjoy definitely isn't easy.

You want to please everyone, but with so many different wants and needs, it's difficult to organize a trip the whole family will be onboard with.

While there's no such thing as the perfect family vacation, you can execute a near flawless trip. Wondering how? Read our tips below!

National Lampoon's European Vacation via Warner Bros.

Start Planning ASAP

Whether you plan on staying local or heading out of the country, it's important that you start figuring out ever aspect of your trip as soon as you can. You're going to have a lot of input and need time to consider what everyone has to say. You can't do that if you quickly organize a family trip.

Plus, your family is more than likely to complain about the vacation if you didn't talk to them about it beforehand. This brings us to our next point.

National Lampoon's Vacation via Warner Bros.

Take Everyone's Ideas Into Consideration

Ask each and every family member going on the trip where they would like to go and what they would like to do. Yes, it's a lot of requests to take into consideration. No, not every wish will come true. But your family will appreciate that you listened to their input about the trip. Who knows? Maybe everyone will even pitch the same vacation, which is all anyone could ever hope for in these types of situations.

National Lampoon's European Vacation via Warner Bros.

Ask Friends About Their Family Vacations

Does your family not have any ideas? Are you coming up empty-handed, too? Rather than turning to the internet (unless it's a trusted source, like us), ask your friends about their previous family vacations. Heck, even ask their kids if they really liked the trip. Then you'll know for sure which types of vacations are equally enjoyable for both adults and children.

National Lampoon's Vacation via Warner Bros.

Try to Appease Everyone's Wishes as Best You Can

No, you can't please everyone. Not every single member of your family is going to be happy before, during, or after your trip. But you can try your best to appease them during the process. Make them feel involved and as though their decisions matter. Whether that's as simple as letting them pick their plane seat or the snacks for the car ride, or something more major like planning an activity everyone has to do, you'll make their trip.

National Lampoon's Vacation via Warner Bros.

Get Everyone Involved in the Process

Again, it's important not to leave anyone out when planning the trip. Plus, it's always nice to have some extra hands on deck when tackling a project like this. Divy up the tasks as best you can, so you don't go crazy being the sole person in charge of planning it all. If your family wants a vacation they'll enjoy, they're going to have to earn it.