Fun & Active Family Vacations


With Spring Break quickly approaching, I thought this would be a great opportunity to have a mother and travel expert chime in on traveling during this time of year! 

Kendra Thornton: Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and mama of 3. I am a long time travel expert who has been packing my bags and traveling the world since I was 3 months old! I've found my utmost desire in life is right here in my own home. I have mixed my excitement for travel by sharing some of my personal traveling tips. Enjoy!

Fun and Active Family Vacations

This year my family has a variety of trips on our agenda that we are taking together 

and the first two right off the bat will be Colorado for some skiing and Orlando to 

visit the parks and have some amusement fun! Since my family is getting in the

mindset to vacation, I thought that it would be the perfect time to give you some 

ideas on how you can keep your family healthy and active on the road! Planning

ahead is the key, and in time, you’ll do it smoothly and without thought.

1.) Go to the grocery store and pack food before you leave. Think creatively to satisfy 

for your kids. For example, granola bars can be a tasty treat and better than candy 

bars. If you’re driving, then preparing and packing any kind of sandwich (or 

sandwiches) is a snap. Use fruit and water to round out meals. Your options are a

bit more limited if you’re flying, but never worry. You can stow trail mix, dried fruits 

and granola bars in an extra-large purse.

2.) Pack “active wear” no matter where you go so your family is excited and motivated 

to exercise. If you’re hitting the road, a basketball or tennis racquets and balls 

are easy to pack, as are gloves and baseballs. If you’re flying, you’ll probably need 

to forgo the equipment, but wear tennis shoes on the plane, and you can walk 

anywhere at your destination!

3.) Research what your vacation spot has available. Look for walking trails, tennis 

courts, parks and the like. If you are staying in a city, reserve a hotel in a walk-able 

area, and don’t forget the pool for swimming fun! A lot of vacations, such as theme-
park vacations, have walking time built in, but don’t overdo the junk-food munchies 

at these theme parks.

4.)Let your children stray from their routines—but not too much. Staying up later 

than usual is fine, as is letting them have an extra sweet or two a day. But don’t 

demolish their routines because you want to keep setting a fine example and not 

struggle to change their new bad behaviors once you are back home. When my 

family goes to Disney World, I’m going to make sure to check out Orlando hotels that 

will have a quiet hours policy to ensure my family gets the sleep that will be needed. 

5.) For all of your planning and research, remember one thing: Kick back, relax and 

have a great time. You’re able to do this because of your hard work that makes a 

fun vacation for everyone. Snap photos of your active vacation for lifetime family 


Do you have other ideas for active family vacations? What did your parents do, and 

what steps do you take with your kids now—even if you’re not on vacation? I would 

love hear some of your own personal tips!

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