Family Travel Question:

Q | Can you give me some tips on planning a month long trip to Europe?

We are planning on taking a month to travel next June with our kids (ages 7 and 5). We would like to do London, Paris, Rome, and places in between! I am overwhelmed on where to begin with planning this and was wondering if you had some tips to get started. Should we see a travel agent or plan it alone? -Kerry, Arizona

A | Consider activities first when planning a trip with kids

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Consulting the guidebookThe first place I start when I’m planning a family vacation is to look at what activities or attractions are in each of the cities I’m interested in.  What appeals to you?  What would appeal to your kids?  Then plan to spend one day in for each major attraction you would visit.  You might be able to squeeze in two on some days, but most days you’ll probably hit one major attraction and some smaller ones.  Plus you’ll want to allow some free time for the kids.

In general, you lose a day to travel each time you change cities (even though the travel time might be only a few hours, you need to pack, unpack, get reoriented, etc.), so be sure to account for that as well.  Don’t be afraid to go slow and cover less ground.  A month is a long time, and you’ll get to see a lot, but you’ll enjoy yourself more if you allow enough time to really process everything you are seeing, and to revisit the places you love most.

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