Planning for a Smooth(er) Family Vacation
Real-life advice from some Charlotte locals on traveling with kids.
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I remember being so excited about our first family vacation, and then my best friend, who has children a few years older than mine, gave me a more realistic view of what to expect. Her comment was essentially, “It’s the same old, just in a different place.” And she was right — the diapers still need to be changed, kids are not suddenly well-behaved angels and illness doesn’t go on vacation too.
With my friend’s advice, I changed how I approached my idealistic vacation plan. Other moms and dads who have traversed the family vacation have helped the most. Their wisdom and survival rate give hope that it can be done. Following is some sage advice from local parents and go-getters in the Queen City on how to make a family vacation a success.
Photo courtesy of Lueders family
Left to right: Emma, Nate, Adam, Susan and Spencer Lueders.
The Lueders Family
“We shoot for a balance of relaxation and unstructured fun, but always plan one family activity each day. That could be a hike, game, or other activity that we all participate in and have solid family time. The kids sometimes roll their eyes, but these activities are the lasting memories of our trips.”
— Spencer Lueders, founder of 24 Foundation and its signature fundraiser 24 Hours of Booty. Dad to Nate Lueders, 16, Emma Lueders, 14, and Adam Lueders, 11.
Favorite vacation spot: Indian Lake, Michigan