Travel Mistakes: Too Much of a Good Thing

Travel Mistakes: Too Much of a Good Thing There are many reasons a vacation or travel adventure can become a nightmare. Stolen passports, weather problems, lost luggage and illness are just a few of the common issues that ruin the experience. However, one mistake that gets overlooked is indulging in too much of a good thing.

For most traveling with their kids, they tend to pack in as much “fun” and non-stop entertainment for them. The idea of the little angels sitting around the hotel room seems like an invitation for trouble. Kids can become over-stimulated easily and, the younger they are, the easier it is. When you pack everyday with roller-coasters, 4-D shows, crowds, noise and toss in a giant mouse…it’s a recipe for a breakdown that will turn into begging, bargaining, promising, bribing, and eventually anger.

“It was our third day at Disney,” one mom confesses. “We spent a fortune on the tickets, the flights, the hotels, the car and the souvenirs. They just had no interest in doing anything but going to the hotel and playing in the pool, watching tv and playing on the iPad. I was furious and dejected. But, by day three, my kids became restless beyond just being tired of lines and crowds. I didn’t understand that they were craving a break from the fun. We didn’t go to Disney the fourth day as we planned, but the rest of the vacation went so much smoother by letting them have more down time.”

Psychologist Jennifer L. Fee of Health Guide explains, over-stimulation can trigger anxiety. It may feel like your family isn’t appreciating their surroundings, but it’s just a case of too much of a good thing.

By the way, a one day ticket for the Magic Kingdom runs about $99 per adult, but when you add on those extra days, the daily price drops to $60.80 per adult for 5 days. It’s a bargain when you can divide those days at EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. But, it’s smart to ask yourself what you really need. Also, guests can upgrade their tickets in the park for the multi-day discounted price as long as they make the change before the park closes on the last day of current ticket plan.

So, it might save you money and sanity by opting for fewer days to begin with. If you get there and want more time, you can still have the time and the savings. This is also true for Universal Studios. When making your ticket arrangements, ask about ticket upgrade policies.

Even if you aren’t traveling with kids, remind yourself that it is still a vacation. If you don’t allow yourself time to relax and yes, trundle along life without a schedule, you will find yourself saying, “I need a vacation from my vacation!”

Itineraries are a wonderful way to ensure you see every monument, attraction, rock and pebble the location has to offer, but they can also become something you resent by day two. Give yourself wide time frames if you are making plans. Be flexible enough to skip a planned event when you have made a discovery of something intriguing.

Also, be willing to step outside comfort zones. You could be missing out on something amazing just because you found something pretty good and decided to stick with it. Occasionally, you will stumble into those situations when you tried something new and it didn’t pan out. But, trying something new, good or bad, creates experience and memories.

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24 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Pamela June 5, 2014 at 4:58 am - Reply

    Great tip, too much of a good thing can actually be bad definitely!

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) June 5, 2014 at 10:25 am - Reply

    We go to Disney every year and the park hopper for the length of your stay is definitley the best option – especially with little kids so that way you can come and go as you please.

  3. Kungphoo June 5, 2014 at 10:39 am - Reply

    We did all parks in 3 days. wow was that too much too quick.. thanks for the tips..

    • BusyBee June 8, 2014 at 8:49 am - Reply

      that is a lot of fun piled into a short amount of time

  4. Debra June 5, 2014 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Wonderful tip! I know I get so frustrated when me child melts down when we are doing something fun!

  5. JamericanSpice June 5, 2014 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Well it is vacation and if you don’t talk about expectations before you head out, especially when you have children, there can be quite a few problems.

    It can overwhelming being around such huge crowds all the time, so downtime is always necessary.

    Great tips!

  6. Emily Ploch June 5, 2014 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Heck, forget the kids. *I* get cranky after a day like that! I end up needing a vacation from my vacation!

    • BusyBee June 8, 2014 at 8:51 am - Reply

      Me too. I usually plan an extra day to just chill

  7. Ashley M June 5, 2014 at 11:59 am - Reply

    This is ALWAYS my problem. Suprisingly my daughter is always game (I think because she gets to ride in a stroller;) but we always end up so exhausted.

  8. Rosey June 5, 2014 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    These are all good tips. My husband always says he needs an extra couple of days after vacation scheduled into his vacay time (to decompress). ;)

  9. Liz Mays June 5, 2014 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    I do like to start with an itinerary because I’m such a flitter and I wouldn’t see enough if I just dilly dallied around in my own way.

  10. Jocelyn June 5, 2014 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Yes, there definitely can be too much of a good thing!

  11. Paula Parker June 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    I could use a good vacation. Hope you have relaxing vacays in the future. Thanks for sharing your story.

  12. Dawn June 5, 2014 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    When we go on vacations, we sometimes have a break day and just hang at the hotel and pool. You sometimes need a break from vacations, too.

  13. Jhady June 6, 2014 at 9:02 am - Reply

    We never been to any Disney places and I am dying to visit it someday. I totally agree with you, my kids are into gadgets and when I take it away they say they are bored as if nothing fun outside the cyber world. I am working on making them physically active by doing stuffs outside. Thank you for your post. It’s very helpful

  14. DD June 6, 2014 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Vacations are a lot of work!

  15. Debi@ The Spring Mount 6 Pack June 6, 2014 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    I know I tend to think we have to get everything done and that we have to have every moment jam packed but it just gets to be too much.

  16. Lexie Lane June 6, 2014 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    Ok, I’m sooo behind because I had no idea Disney had a Hollywood Studios! That’s awesome! You’re right, this IS a great deal!

  17. BusyBee June 7, 2014 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Wow, I can’t even imagine how frustrating that would be to spend all that money and have them just start getting antsy.

  18. Joanna Sormunen June 7, 2014 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    It’s too, don’t stuff your days but try to enjoy them. The same as with dessert, too much good can be bad for you :)

  19. Jen June 8, 2014 at 4:15 am - Reply

    Yeah when my kids were young my dad used to say they don’t need theme parks they just need fresh air and exercise and routine!

  20. Jen June 8, 2014 at 4:16 am - Reply

    And I think that because the parents get stressed the kids do.

  21. Janelle June 10, 2014 at 3:05 am - Reply

    Don’t plan too many activities, you’ll need a vacation from your vacation.

  22. Allie June 10, 2014 at 3:06 am - Reply

    So ready for some time away, can’t wait for my vacation

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