Now that we have eased ourselves into 2020, thoughts are inevitably turning to the summer. You might be itching to book a family break for you all, but you are not too sure where to start with this. My eldest is graduating High School this summer so we’re looking at planning a trip to celebrate that. There is a lot to take into consideration, so we have put a few tips together regarding how to plan a family-friendly vacation.
Decide on the kind of vacation that you want
Many people make the mistake of jumping straight into looking at vacations and choosing destinations, but you need to first decide on the kind of vacation that you want. You might want to try camping for the first time or you might fancy a city break. You will want to take into account everyone’s needs and preferences and that should help you to shortlist a few options.
For example, you might want to switch off from it all with a relaxing beach break. You are dreaming of sandy shores with the kids splashing around in the sea and a hotel jam-packed with amenities and activities so that you do not need to think about much beyond what to wear each day. At the other end of the scale, you might want an adrenaline-packed vacation, on wildlife trails with borneoecotours.com or skiing in the Alps.
Take some time to work out what you need from your break and then you can start narrowing your options down.
Look into destinations
Now that you are clear about what you want from your vacation you can start looking at the best destinations.
The budget that you have available will dictate this to some extent, and then the activities that you are looking to undertake.You can keep two or three places in mind at this stage as it might be that the next step helps you to reach a final decision.
You will want to look at all of those things that you know are going to matter to your family. For some of us, travel time might be key as our kids are not good travelers, whilst for others it might be having a good choice of restaurants available for fussy eaters. Take a close look at the activities that will be available and any day trips that you could take. If everything is ticking the box, then you can research your booking options.
Research your booking options
Sooooo many options. Comparison shopping is a must. At this point you will have a short list of potential holidays, so now you can look into how affordable they all are. You might be open to three options, so now you are looking to see where you can get the best deal. Do weigh up best value against the cheapest, as sometimes cutting a few costs might be cutting a few too many corners.
In some cases, booking everything separately can save you some money, so you might find that you can stay at that dream hotel if you find your own flights and taxi transfers and book your accommodation directly with them.
This is only the tip of the iceberg really. Once you’ve gotten this far though, you’ll have a pretty good outline of what your vacation, and budget will look like and you can then move forward with the fine tuning and details of the adventure!
Do you havea any fail-safe family vacation planning tips or tricks? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!