Tips for planning family trips

Tsh Oxenreider, Author & Blogger, shares advice for parents on how to get the whole family involved when planning out trips for the family
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Tips for planning family trips

When our family plans road trips, we like to get the whole family involved, so even the little guys, we ask them, "Where would you like to go, and what would you like to do?" Now, of course, we don't weigh their opinions as heavily as what our bank account says we can do, but we really do want to have everybody involved, because that makes it more fun, it makes it more realistic. It helps us hear from them what they would really like to do, and then we can voice back to them what we, as parents, would like to do. So we get the whole team involved, and we also think through, both how we can be spontaneous, and how we can really be a little more structured and focused so that we can save money, save time, things like that. We plan way in advance a lot of times on larger family trips, so like a week or more. We give ourselves several months in advance so that we can save money on hotel, or lodging and flights, but then we leave lots of room for spontaneity so we don't really plan every single day of what we're going to do. We wait till the day before to see what the weather is like, to see what mood we're in, things like that. So we balance out our need to structure and plan our time well with a lot of just room for playing and spontaneity. The other thing we do is consider a lot of lesser known places; places that are sort of hole-in-the wall places or just lesser known small towns because those, sometimes are the most fun places, especially with small kids because it's just a lot of those little everyday things like restaurants and parks and things like that, that can be just as fun for our family with a lot less money spent.
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Tsh Oxenreider, Author & Blogger, shares advice for parents on how to get the whole family involved when planning out trips for the family


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Tsh Oxenreider is the full-time blogger behind Simple Mom and the founder and creative director of Simple Living Media, a blog network dedicated to helping people live intentionally (while throwing perfection out the window). She thinks a library card, a Netflix subscription, and a passport are some of the greatest parenting tools in the universe. She’s a wife to Kyle, mama to Tate, Reed, and Finn, and is the author of Organized Simplicity and One Bite at a Time: 52 Bites for Making Life Simpler. She is currently working on her next book. Tsh and her nomadic family currently live in Bend, Oregon, but several dots around the globe have also been called home (her 7-year-old has been on 60 airplanes and counting). Together, they love to travel, read books, go camping, and make homemade pizza for Friday Family Movie Night.

Tsh writes about living simply and intentionally at Simple Mom, which was named one of the Top 100 Mom Blogs of 2012. She was also number 2 in the top 50 Twitter Moms of 2011, was named one of the Top 100 Mom Blogs of 2011, her blog was nominated for Best New Blog of 2008, and has been mentioned on Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Food Network, CNBC, CNN, NPR, Parents Magazine, and more. She speaks frequently about blogging, writing, living intentionally, and motherhood in between changing diapers and hitting the 'publish' button. She is also an advocate for Compassion International, serving as one of their bloggers, and is a regular contributor at (in)courage. Tsh also records a podcast with Homefries called The Simple Mom Podcast, which during one week ranked second under NPR’s This American Life in most listened-to podcasts.

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