I'm wondering if anyone has gone on an extended European trip with kids and how it went? My wife and i are paying into a deferred salary through work and i'm planning a huge trip for summer 2024 for ourselves and our kids who will be 12 and 8 by then.
My tentative planning aims to avoid travel fatigue and plan on staying in a home base for a week or more at a time, and we're trying to limit the areas covered - for instance, France is going to be limited to Paris and the French Alps, and we're only going through the Rhine Valley and some Bavaria in Germany. Also trying to mix things up with having a day of kid friendly adventures (theme parks, mountain coasters, hiking etc.) for every day of art galleries, museums, brewery tours. I realize for that period of time you can't be constantly site-seeing and "castle fatigue" can set in, so there will definitely be some quiet days or times where the kids just want to go to a movie theater and relax. I already have a huge list of things to do which is larger than can be completed, with the hope of doing what we want on any given day and being able to tailor our trip to what we're enjoying the most, and not worry about being completists.
Any tips for keeping things fresh? Are we going to get halfway through and all want to go home? We're a tightknit family and the kids get along extremely well, but i'm hoping 2.5 months of living out of suitcases isn't pushing our luck.
Thanks for the help!