Do you have a family trip on your bucket list? Family vacations are a fantastic way to regroup and reconnect without the stresses and interruptions of everyday life. Whether you’re planning a trip to visit extended family, explore our nation’s national parks or heading to your favorite beach, follow these recommendations from the travel professionals to ensure your family vacation is a huge success.
The key to successful travelling is advance planning. The earliest in advance you’re able to plan, the greater likelihood you’ll have at being able to take advantage of reduced rates and fares. The first step in the travel planning process is to set your dates and budget. This will allow you to determine your options for travel fares and accommodations. When travelling with small children, it’s important to be aware of departure and arrival times on flights. Late afternoon flights can be the most difficult for small children. If you are planning to fly, seek out early morning flights. Be sure to pack plenty of snacks, a change of clothes and a full diaper bag when flying or driving with small children.
One of the increasingly popular alternatives to hotel room accommodations is the rental of private vacation homes or condominiums. This will allow you to truly spread out and relax as a family. Casual meal times and private moments with that first cup of morning coffee will certainly be appreciated. Waiting in long line in restaurants can be trying even for the most well rested child. Check out the reputable websites that list vacation homes for rental. They are available in nearly every destination. Pay special attention to the reviews from previous travelers to get a real sense of the property, its condition and the responsiveness of the owner. Never send any funds until you’ve connected directly with the owners.