Sometimes you need a vacation after a vacation, am I right?! Especially when traveling with kids. 🙂 That’s why taking steps on your vacation to really relax, are so important.

Here are the steps I try to take to make sure my family trip feels less like work and more like a vacation.

My family and I enjoyed two complimentary nights at Wyndham Resort International Drive in Orlando, Florida in exchange for my review. All opinions are authentic and my own.

1 – Build in downtime

Most family trips are jam-packed with activities and outings. And specifically trips to Orlando, Florida are likely filled with theme park visits. And full days and nights of walking around a theme park, riding rides and wrangling kids can get exhausting.

The absolute best thing we do on these trips is to build in some time to do nothing. Absolutely nothing… like relaxing on those big, comfy hotel beds.

Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

And one of my personal favorite downtime activities is lounging by the pool.

Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

Whatever is relaxing for you, do it. Build in a full day for it, half a day, or even a few hours if you can. It’s totally worth it.

2- Do something YOU enjoy

If chasing the kids around theme parks isn’t your idea of the best vacay, try to schedule in something that makes you happy.

Personally, I like spending time alone in the gym so I can focus on myself and recharge.

Gym at Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
Fitness Center at Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

3 – Preplan your budget

Worrying about money will only add stress to your trip. Creating a budget ahead of time and tracking your spending during the trip, will help alleviate a lot of stress and let you enjoy the time with your family more.

Click here for tips on how to create and stick to a travel budget.

4 – Don’t worry about calories 😉

This advice speaks for itself. 🙂 You can get back into your routine when you get home. Why stress about things like calories? After all, you’re going to burn a ton of them at the theme parks.

Burger at Gatorville restaurant at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
Gatorville Custom Blend Burger at the Gatorville restaurant at Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
fish tacos at Gatoriville restaurant at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
Gulf Coast Fried Shrimp Tacos at the Gatorville restaurant at Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

5 – Pick the right hotel

One of the most important things you will do when planning your vacation is picking the right hotel. And staying at a resort that is clean and comfortable and has great amenities is the key to a great trip.

The things I look for in a great hotel are:

  • An updated, luxurious look
  • Lots of fun amenities
  • Clean, comfy and spacious rooms
  • Close proximity to fun attractions

The Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive checks off all of those must-have boxes for me.

Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
Updated, luxurious look

The lobby is trendy and inviting with lots of seating, a technology center, and even some games.

lobby at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
lobby activities at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

It also includes a bar and beautiful outdoor patio.

Patio seating at Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
Lots of fun amenities

When you’re not out exploring Orlando’s theme parks and attractions, there is plenty to do on-site at Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive. My favorite was lounging by one of their two pools.

pool at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
pool at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

And the pool is conveniently located right next to their Gatorville restaurant, so you can grab a poolside drink, snack, or go in for a delicious meal.

Gatorville restaurant at Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
Gatorville restaurant at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

They also have Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant if you want something a little fancier. And a fitness center and sauna.

Clean, comfy and spacious rooms

We stayed in a family room at Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive with two queen beds and bunk beds for the kids. And it was all those things I look for: clean, comfortable and spacious.

Family Bunk Room At The Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
Bathroom in the Family Bunk Room at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

It was a great space for all five of our family members and my kids absolutely loved the bunk beds. It was like a special treat for them.

Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
Close proximity to fun attractions

After checking into our room we didn’t have to wait long to experience one of Orlando’s coolest attractions because ICON Park is right next door!

It’s home to restaurants, family attractions, and The Wheel.

Icon Park attractions near Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

I’ve ridden these giant Ferris wheels in several cities and it’s always an incredible experience.

Icon Park attractions near Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

While at ICON Park, I also recommend grabbing a cupcake at the Wheelhouse Market.

Overall, we had a great experience at Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive. And I’d love to save you some money on your next stay there!

Click here to save 20% off their best available rate with NO minimum nights required.

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