While a game or tournament is the main focus of your trip, that doesn’t mean it has to be the only thing you do when you travel. Take the opportunity to see a new place, teach your kids to be good travelers, and make lasting memories as a family. Everyone will be able to appreciate getting away from the hustle and bustle of the tournament for a while, and kids that aren’t participating in the sport will get the chance to feel special when they weigh in on the activities they’d like to do. Whether your crew is up for any new adventure or wants to take it easy, here are our tips for how to have fun after the game is done.
Eating new foods is one of the most exciting parts of traveling. Before you go, do some research and find out what the area is known for. Better yet, assign your kids to research the area and present a brief history and their own ideas for what they want to do and try. Maybe you’re near the ocean, and excellent seafood is on the menu. Or maybe you’ll discover the town was founded by Germans and is known for its schnitzel. If your kids aren’t adventurous eaters, maybe they’ll find where to get the best-grilled cheese in town. You’ll likely learn fun facts about the area and have fun trying something new, local, and (hopefully) delicious.
There are many inexpensive ways to explore a new place and have fun doing it. Check out local parks, beaches, hiking trails, discounted or free museums, walking tours, farmers' markets, festivals, or special events going on while you’re in town. You never know when you’ll stumble upon a quirky celebration honoring the town’s favorite vegetable or a local hero. You’ll get a more authentic experience of the destination and save money at the same time. Win-win!
Seeing a new place doesn’t have to be a non-stop, on-the-go experience. Listen to your and your family’s needs. If everyone is tired, skip the walking tour or the hike. Go to a movie, visit a library, relax with snacks in a park, let the kids sit on their screens at dinner, or maybe even trade babysitting duties with other parents so you can enjoy a child-free dinner. Everyone needs some downtime to decompress. Traveling as a family can be wonderful but all the togetherness can be exhausting, so don’t be afraid to sneak in some alone time.
Hotel Room Party
We hear you—you’re exhausted after being out at a tournament all day on top of traveling. When heading back to your hotel and having a relaxing night in is number one on the agenda, you have options besides zoning out and staring at the TV. Playing cards or a board game and bringing out a surprise snack or room service can make a night in feel like a special occasion. Need the kids to burn off more energy? Send them on a scavenger hunt for things they can take photos of around the hotel or take the party to the swimming pool.
Ready to hit the road with your family and make it the best tournament ever?