Tips for Getting Active on Your Family Road Trip

It’s finally time to dust off the flip flops and get preparations for your summer holiday underway. As the end of the school year approaches, families will be trying to decide on where to go and getting ready for their annual break with the kids. PassSmart’s guide is designed to help you plan an active family holiday, helping you make the most of your time away and keeping fit the fun way!

Getting Kids Active During Family Vacation
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Road trip

A road trip can be the perfect way to spend your summer vacation. Not only does taking your own car give you the freedom of being able to go wherever you want to, but it’s also a lot cheaper than flying.

What’s also great about a road trip is that you can take more stuff to make your holiday an active one. If you take your bikes, for example, you’ll be able to stop off at certain places to explore on two wheels instead of four. The only downside to driving is that you’ll be the one trying to fit everything in the trunk!

Try something new

Many of us get stuck into the same routines when we go on holiday, sticking to the beach and avoiding any kind of physical activity whatsoever. Wherever you’re going, there’s bound to be a new activity to try or something you can do as a whole family, so why not go for it?

Do a bit of research before you leave into what activities are on offer, and try and decide on doing at least one of them, as a family. If you don’t fancy scaling the side of a mountain, why not try something like off-roading in a 4×4? Anything which you wouldn’t normally have the chance to do at home is a great way to spend a day, and the kids will love it!


Since you’ve got the luxury of your own car, it makes sense to visit multiple places on your trip. Why not plan your vacation around staying a few nights in different places to make the most out of your time off.

This may sound like an expensive option, but if you plan ahead you should be able to get good prices on accommodation. As you’re only treating your hotel/accommodation as your base, you can save money by choosing a basic option.

If you’ll be visiting cities, try to find out about parking options before you set off. The last thing you want to be doing is spending the day trying to find a parking space or having to walk for miles into the city. It might be a good idea to ditch the car if you’re traveling inner-city because public transport is often a much cheaper option.


If you’re planning on a more rural vacation, camping for a couple of nights is something which the kids will love, even if the idea doesn’t fill you with joy.

If the thought of a couple of days in a tent doesn’t fill you with fear, though, it can be one of the funnest, and – not to mention cheapest – ways to spend a few days of your holiday.

Finally, don’t forget to relax!

Just because you’re on an active holiday doesn’t mean you can’t take a few days out to relax. Set aside a few days at the end of the holiday to do whatever you want to do. Visit the beach or spend a couple of days poolside.

Wherever you go and whatever you decide to do, just make sure you don’t forget the camera!

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  1. Excellent tips, and though it just felt like winter the other day, it already feels like summer over this a’way. Def, time to plan a family to-do. 🙂

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