4 Tips for Traveling with Other Families on Vacation
Summer vacations are a beloved time of bonding for many families. After all, the kids are out of school, plenty of vacation destinations run discounts, and other families are similarly taking vacations.
Going on your summer vacation with another family may be a great way for your kids to spend some time with their friends, and for you to get to know those friends’ parents. You may even be able to unlock group discounts with a larger vacation group.
However, just like when you’re traveling on your own, you need to take safety precautions when traveling in groups. Follow these tips to ensure that your vacation is as safe as possible.
Carry Digital Copies of Important Documents
When you’re on vacation, keep some of your important documents on hand. Especially if you’re outside the U.S., it’s important to have digital copies of passports, ID cards, tickets, confirmations, and insurance information.
Planning to have excursions with all the kids but not all the parents? You may also want to share handwritten statements from each parent that give the other parents permission to accompany children into amusement parks and other attractions.
You should back up all those documents on your phone, a computer, and a portable memory card, so you have as many copies as possible. A number of apps allow you to lock your photos behind a password. So, even if someone steals your phone, the thief can’t access those photos.
Speaking of phones, make sure that every adult in your party is carrying a phone. You need to be able to contact one another, especially if something goes wrong. And don’t merely ensure that each person has a phone; make sure that the phones are charged and ready to go.
Encourage people to charge their phones before they go to sleep. And buy portable chargers, so you can charge on the go if you start running out of juice. If your kids are old enough to have cell phones, do the same thing for them as well.
For international expeditions, purchasing multiple international plans might not be feasible. Don’t worry, though; there are other ways to get international phone service.
Be Careful About Your Social Media Presence
Sharing photos and videos about your trip on social media can definitely be a great way to preserve your memories and connect with the people you love who aren’t with you on the trip. However, you should make sure that you think about what you’re posting before you post it. Letting the world know that your home is currently empty might invite robbery.
The best option is to keep your social media profiles private, so only approved people can see your posts and photos. But even public profiles can keep you safe as long as you’re careful.
Vet Other Adults in Your Party
When you invite another family on your vacation, you’ll probably know them pretty well. And if you know them well enough to have them come with you, you probably trust them to an extent. Or, at least, you think you can…. Alternately, dual vacations can actually be a great way to get to know a family you don’t know all too well, especially if your children are already friends.
In either case, a great way to try and make sure that the other family is safe for your children to be around is to use a site like PeopleFinders.
PeopleFinders makes it easier to find out if someone is safe. Just get a full name, and then perform a background check. PeopleFinders may help you find out if a member of the other family has a hidden criminal history. If you find out that he or she has previously been arrested for or convicted of violent crimes, you can rethink your decision to invite that other family on your family trip.
A multi-family vacation can be incredibly fun. You get to have other parents there to help corral the children, your kids get to have fun with other kids their age, and everyone gets to know each other a little better.
Just like any other vacation, however, it’s important to think about safety first. Before you start planning your vacation, you should check out the adults with PeopleFinders to make sure that you and your family will be safe.
Keep safe in all aspects of your life by checking out the other content in the PeopleFinders blog.
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