A Focused Questionnaire To Rectify Your Destination Dilemmas
Look to this family-friendly quiz to guide you to this year’s proper family vacation destination. With all the children’s needs and desires and your own stressors in mind, it’s difficult to nail down the correct destination for your family’s next vacation. However, asking yourself a series of questions and answering them honestly with regards to your family is one of the best manners in which to bring yourself to the sheer joy of several days out of town.
After all, choosing the destination is just the beginning: the real fun lies in the learning and planning, both outlined in further chapters. The truth is, whichever age bracket your children fall into, you can assimilate your vacation to fit their needs. Therefore, it’s best to understand how best to suit your vacation to your specific family’s personality based on the various things you like to do and the ways in which you like to do them.
Answering the following questions honestly will ensure that your family has the best possible vacation.
Question 1: How many hours of outdoor activity would you say your family engages in on a weekly basis? This can include hiking, running, biking, or playing any sort of sport.
A. Zero to Three Hours.
B. Four to Seven Hours.
C. Seven or More Hours.
Question 2: How high would you describe you and your family’s ability to try new, strange foods? For example: do you stick to your macaroni and cheese Mondays or do you branch out and try the new Chinese place down the street?
A. Low Ability
B. Medium Ability
C. High Ability
Question 3: Is your vacation pegged with a strict budget? Are you counting pennies to get your family out of the house?
B. Only slightly. Everyone is on a budget, aren’t they?
C. The sky is the limit.
Question 4: What sort of temperament is your family keen on for your vacation? Are you interested in warmth, for example, or are you uninterested in varied climates?
A. We search for dry, beach weather: anything for a relaxing day outdoors.
B. We don’t mind the temperament so much; as long as it doesn’t rain too much.
C. The climate doesn’t matter; whatever happens can happen.
Question 5: How is your family’s restaurant rep? Can you all sit quietly in a nice, ritzy restaurant? Or is fast food a must?
A. Fast food. Drive-thru. Anything but sitting down in public.
B. We can do large restaurants with other chaotic families. As long as we aren’t the center of attention, we’re good.
C. We can sit anywhere quietly; the children are incredibly composed.
Question 6: How familiar are you, the parent, with vacation planning? This may be your first vacation planning experience, for example, or it could be one of many: you understand the basics of itinerary planning and hotel selection and finding the best flights.
A. We’re beginners; family vacation planning is a foreign language.
B. We understand the basics of transportation and hotel selection from out of town family events; however, we’re in the dark about several vacation planning steps.
C. We’ve done it all before: we studied abroad, traveled after college, or worked around the world. We’re hoping to gain insight on planning vacations with specific groups of children.
Question 7: What would you say is your level of ability to be spontaneous on vacation? For example, do you or one of your children suffer from any sort of plight that could sway your entire vacation if an episode erupts? Your child, for example, has asthma, and you’ve forgotten his inhaler. This sort of pre-planning forces you out of spontaneity into action-mode at all times; you must always be “on the lookout” for dangerous attacks.
A. Slim to none. Someone in our family suffers from something that keeps us on constant alert. We shouldn’t be too far from familiar surroundings—be that our own city or a very close hotel room.
B. Our family’s safety relies on structure; however, this does not sway us from occasional spontaneity. It’s important, of course, to remain in public, close to authority figures who speak our own language.
C. We have no diseases or inhibiting factors: let our spontaneity roar. We can roam the world, camp for days, and fear not about forgetting any medicinal remedy. We are not tied down to our manmade products.
Question 8: How important would you say culture and education are for your desired vacation?
A. We’re simply looking for a break; we don’t need to talk to interesting people or broaden our minds. We just want to feel relaxed. Finally.
B. We’re not opposed to new cultures or new ideas, but we’re also interested in just buckets of fun and activity. A marriage of excitement and knowledge could be a nice suit.
C. We’re interested in cramming as many museums and cultural events into our vacation as possible. We’re looking to learn new languages, learn new cultures, learn everything.
Question 9: Do you have a transportation preference with regards to yourself or your children?
A. We prefer car, especially with baby and loud children incapable of long flights.
B. We have no preference; our children are capable of the quick travel found in flying, but the convenience and cost-friendly position of vehicle travel is alluring.
C. We prefer flying; we understand the implications of flying with children, and we accept them.
Question 10: How many days does your vacation allow?
A. 2-4 days.
B. 4-6 days.
C. More than 6 days.
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