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“We learned that it makes everyone happier when the kids are involved in planning the trip. Global travel can be hard on kids, so the more they’re invested, the better. Before we left for our trip, we brainstormed fantasy destinations and activities together. Then, we gave our kids jobs. Our oldest became the videographer, and she saved up to buy a nice camera to document the trip. She posted frequent videos on YouTube. Our youngest daughter researched each destination in advance and educated us on what was to come. This kept both of our daughters engaged and “into it,” even when they were missing home and their friends. Tailor the job to your kids’ interests. They can help manage the budget, write a blog post, do a special project in each location, get a particular photo op in each place, choose your lodging, etc. There are endless possibilities.”