If you plan ahead there is no reason why your dream vacation can't be wonderful rather than a stressful ordeal. First of all you need to decide what your family likes to do? Talk with your family about what you would like to see and where you would like to go. Send for brochures on the places you decide on. Make sure you go over maps and hotels in the area. Ask for directions if you feel it is necessary.
Try not to crowd to many activities into your vacation and try to be flexible. If the kids are tired let them take a nap in the hotel room. Who wants to go sight seeing with a cranky and tired child. Remember this is supposed to be fun. Right?
The ages and temperament are also something you should account for when you are planning your trip. Young children need more breaks and physical activity than older children and teens. Take into account what your children enjoy and appreciate. It will definitely be worth the extra thought and preparation. An animal lover will have a great time at the zoo while your budding artist will enjoy wandering through a museum.
However or wherever you are traveling, remember this is a family event and is supposed to be fun. Take time to relax and just enjoy being together.