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Family Travel

One of the best ways to spend time with your family is traveling. Taking family trips together creates memories and traditions that last for years.

We prioritize our budget to spend less on other categories so we can afford family travel each year. Below, get the best family travel tips plus lots of ideas for destinations!

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Family Travel Tips

After having three kids in less than three years, we stayed home for quite some time! Now, we travel often as a family. These are the travel tips that work for us:

Why take family trips?

If you haven't already experienced the benefits of traveling as a family, and seeing how it compares to your daily routines, I urge you to read The science behind how holidays make your child happier – and smarter.

“Two-thirds of conversations between parent and child are about daily routine. Only a quarter of children say they talk to parents more than once a week about something that matters.”

“Research has revealed improvements in a child’s attention and concentration levels after being in nature for only 20 minutes… There is also evidence that a walk together in green space calms the body, lowering blood pressure and stress hormone levels and even cholesterol – so parents and grandparents stand to benefit, too.”

Travel Tips for Family Trips - strategies for family travel to make memories

Family Travel Destinations

Where to go? Well, that depends on where you live and how you plan to get there! Here are some of our favorite family destinations.

Washington DC

Living near DC means lots of tourists and lots of traffic, but it's also home to so many fabulous places to visit–and many for free! Whether you're local or you're headed here for vacation, it's one of the top cities to tour.

Virginia

We call Northern Virginia home, and each year we try to visit a new part of the state to get to know it better.

Maryland

There's so much to do in Maryland, and since it's so close to DC, it's a great road trip from many points.

Pennsylvania

My two sisters live near Philadelphia, so we've done a lot of family travel in that area as well.

Other States

Other family trips we've taken

National Parks

One of the greatest resources in our country are our national parks, national monuments, and memorials. Learn the basics about how they work, then get out there and enjoy them!

Need more ideas for family trips?

Head over to my Mid-Atlantic Family Travel board on Pinterest. You'll find more destinations from other family bloggers.

Mid-Atlantic Family Travel

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