Traveling with your kids is, hands-down, one of the best experiences you will have in your life. So, it’s surprising to hear that in a recent survey, 51% of families don’t make it through the planning stage before giving up and declaring “next year”. According to Project: Time Off, “Individuals who plan are more likely to use all of their time off, take more vacation days at once, and report greater levels of happiness in every category measured.”
Expert guide and adventure-planning ninja/guru Kasey Austin used that statistic as inspiration to write How to Plan the Ultimate Family Vacation, our free family adventure planning guide. She dug down into her years of experience to answer some of the biggest questions on the minds of families planning their vacations (and some questions that aren’t, but should be.)
Here are just a few of the topics the guide covers.
Make planning a fun activity for the WHOLE family!
First rule of success at family travel is to make sure everyone has a say in where you go and what you do. Not only will everyone find things that they’ll enjoy (and look forward to doing), but it will lighten the stress on whomever naturally gravitates to planning (you know who you are). We’ve found that the best way to get everyone together all at the same time is with a pizza party. That’s just us.
Where Should We Go?
It sounds counter-intuitive, but sometimes the hardest part of planning a vacation is figuring out where to go. Between the Internet, photos posted to social media, fascinating travel blogs, and a plethora of travel books and movies, it can be completely mind-boggling to choose where you want to take the family on vacation. Kasey lays out key strategies to making these tough choices with everyone in mind.
How to Budget for Your Trip
Budgeting is very personal. Every family’s budgetary constraints are different and each family will value some things more than others. Approaching the budget is best done with a series of questions. Should I go during “high” or “low” season? How much money do I need for daily expenses? Can I get a package deal through a tour operator? And others. Not only do these questions guide you in planning for your adventure, but they’ll help you stick to your budget while on the road.
What Do I Need to Pack?
While following lists makes planning easier, making those lists can be a real chore. We’ve got your back. How to Plan the Ultimate Family Vacation includes a thorough packing list as well as a comprehensive “before you leave” checklist. Everything from “pack underwear” to “prearrange kids’ homework assignments with teachers” is easy to check off so you don’t have to worry about anything but having a great time. Because isn’t that what a family vacation is all about?
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