363: Tips & Tricks for Family Travel // Meesha Slade

Do you have some fun trips coming up? Are you looking for travel tips for families

Summer is here, which means that millions of moms – literally! – will be taking trips with their families in the next few months. There will be road trips, family reunions, bucket-list trips, and even day trips. 

This season can be so much fun, but it can also be stressful. 

Riiiight? Tell me you feel this, too! 🥴 

This is why I invited Meesha Slade onto my show to share some travel tips for families. Meesha taught a class on family travel at my in-person SAM alumni retreat at the end of April. It was so timely for summer that I asked her to come on the show and share her brilliant tips with my entire community. 

Meesha built her takeaways for this interview on principles she learned in my Self-Assured Motherhood program. In that program, we spend three entire months diving into how important it is for moms to learn how to honor their needs so that they can love their people better. We teach the moms in SAM how to Pursue Your Purpose, Bolster Your Boundaries, and Sanctify Your Soul Care. I absolutely love how Meesha applies these principles to traveling. 

Meesha is a mom of three with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree in Global Education. Meesha has been a student in SAM for the past three years, and she has brought so much wisdom to our group. 

Let’s get into it!


Meesha’s Travel Tips for Families


1) Plan your trips with the purpose in mind. 

Before you head out on vacation, take time to think about who this vacation is for and what the purpose is. I love this tip because a trip that is intended for you to learn as much as you possibly can will be different from a vacation that is intended for you to relax as much as you possibly can. This seems obvious, but it’s such an easy step to skip! Knowing the intention of the trip will help with your mindset during the trip. For example, if you decide upfront that this trip is about connecting with your kids, not about seeing every historical site, you will be less mad at them when they are whining at the museum. 

It can be helpful to know your own personal values and try to lean into those when you travel. If you’d like to explore that more, I have a free downloadable copy of the worksheet that I give to women in my SAM program to help them figure that out. Use the values you uncover to plan some of your trips this summer. 

You will be amazed at the difference in how you feel when your trips align with your values! 


2) Set healthy boundaries.

Working within parameters is a lot easier than working with endless options because it limits decision fatigue. Set boundaries from the beginning, including your hotel budget, your non-negotiables for the hotel you stay at, and your food and activity budget. 

Also, don’t forget to communicate these boundaries with your kids! Help them understand upfront what money you have allocated and have them help you stick with it. And don’t forget about Groupon, City Passes, and reciprocal museum networks to make travel outings a bit cheaper!

Healthy boundaries help keep unneeded stress away! 


3) Keep things simple (for soul care!). 

When traveling with family, the clearer and simpler you can keep expectations, packing, and activities, the calmer and more grounded you are going to feel. It really is a form of self-care to simplify and get systems and routines in place for trips. I loved Meesha’s idea for a packing game with your kids where you sit in the hallway and call out all the different things they need to grab from their drawers. I also love her suggestion to have an extra set of toiletries, medication, and chargers that just stay in your suitcase. 

And speaking of soul-care, when you’re traveling with others, make sure that you have some simple connection time with your kids or even by yourself. This is so important! 

Keep to a simple daily routine that involves some soul-care, and you’re all probably going to be a lot happier. 


Aren’t these travel tips for families brilliant? I’m so excited to implement them on our next trip. 


Friends, this is such a fun time of year, and I am so excited for you to get to enjoy some extra time with your families. I hope these takeaways will make your traveling a bit easier and a bit more enjoyable. Go have some fun adventures!


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Listen to Top Motherhood Podcast, 3 in 30 Podcast with Rachel Nielson, featuring Meesha Slade on Travel Tips for Families
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>>>What did you think of these takeaways from Meesha on travel tips for families? Do you have any travel tips to share? Comment below! 




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About Our Guest:

Meesha is a mom of three with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree in Global Education. Meesha has been a student in SAM for the past three years, and she has brought so much wisdom to our group. 



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