Families are busier than ever these days. Between work, school, homework, sports, clubs, and trying to find 5 minutes of peace and quiet each week, it can be hard to even sit down to dinner together.
Finding time to spend together as a family is hard to do, but it’s one of the most important things you can do.
Summer vacation can provide the perfect opportunity for family bonding and for learning how to work together as a team.
This summer, don’t just go on vacation. Spend your time together turning your family into a team.
Plan Your Vacation Together
Don’t just tell your kids where you’re going on vacation. Make the process a part of your family time.
All good teams communicate effectively, and your vacation should start with that.
Ask your family where they want to go and what they want to do. This makes everyone feel involved in the process and a part of the team.
What Do You Want to Do?
Start by deciding on the activity. What is it everyone wants to do on vacation this year? Involving the whole family in this process is a good way to work on team building.
Let’s say you all decide on camping. You need to further decide what kinds of activities you want to do while camping.
If everyone wants to canoe while camping, finding a location near a lake or calm river will be necessary.
If you’re more in the mood for hiking, somewhere with forests, hills, and trails would be better.
Or perhaps you can find a location that offers a bit of everything.
No matter where you decide to go or what you decide to do, it all starts with effective communication. Make sure everyone has input and that a fair decision is made.
Let each family member pick one activity that the family will do together. This makes everyone feel like a part of the team and makes sure everyone gets to do at least one thing they like.
Whatever your choice of activities, there are going to be locations that have something for everyone. Take your time and find the right destination.
Where Do You Want to Go?
Once you’ve figured out what it is you want to do on vacation, it’s time to decide where to do it. This provides another good team building opportunity.
Have each member of the family do some research. Everyone can get online and discover options that offer all or many of the activities you decided on.
Once everyone is done with their research, get the family together to decide on a location. Communication will again be a useful skill here, as everyone should be provided with an opportunity to present their choice. Then you can make the decision together as a team.
Ok, now that you’ve decided as a team where to go and what to do (with, we’re certain, no tantrums or hurt feelings), it’s time to get ready!
Once again, teamwork is the secret! Divide up the work between family members and let everyone participate in the preparation.
Of course the adults should do the travel planning, booking, paying (you know, the grown-up stuff), but this doesn’t mean that the kids can’t get involved.
Older kids can research how to get the post office to hold mail or they can ask neighbors to pick up your mail. They can also pack their bags for the trip.
Younger kids can help choose snacks for the trip and can choose some entertainment options as well.
No matter the age, everyone should be allowed the opportunity to be a part of the team.
Time to Hit the Road
No matter what part of the country you’re from, there are plenty of great vacation spots within a day’s drive of your home. If your looking to do some team building as a family on your vacation, nothing beats a road trip.
Loading everyone into the Family Truckster and hitting the road provides plenty of chances to bond. It can also be a lot cheaper than flying.
There are plenty of road trip games that are fun for the whole family and that can really help with team building. Give them a try and see how much fun you can all have together.
Pro tip: Take the long way! Stay off of the Interstate and take the road less traveled. It may take a bit longer, but the views will be better and you won’t see any traffic jams.
Are We There Yet?
Summer vacations provide the perfect opportunity for team building with your entire family. Don’t just go somewhere, make the trip a bonding experience with teamwork and good communication.
Involve the whole family in each step of the process. Let the family help decide where to go and what to do, and let them help prepare to leave. This way everyone feels involved, invested, and a part of the team.