Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club recommends that you involve older kids in all aspects of planning and traveling.  While of course they won’t have the final say but involving them in the conversation and asking for their input will make them feel engaged with the process and excited about traveling.

Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club knows that older kids can be so wrapped up in their video games, iPods and phones that they are sometime oblivious to the world around them.  Try leaving these “toys” at home.  Your kids might object at first, in fact they will probably have a fit!  But stick to your guns and make them leave those things at home.  They will complain at first but will soon forget about them and be able to enjoy time with the family and the vacation.

Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club suggests you try giving older kids a set amount of money to spend on the extras that you usually pay for.  Things like extra snacks and treats, souvenirs and other extras will have to be paid for by them using the amount you give them.  This will teach them about budgeting and money management.  Help them make decisions about how to spend their money. Also encourage them to keep tabs on what they spend and on what, that way when the money is gone they will know where it went.