Tips for Awesome Family Vacations

Are you lying awake at night dreaming about your next family vacation? Do you have a special trip on your buck list that you’re dying to start planning? There’s no better time than the present than to start doing the research and booking a family vacation that’s sure to bring hours of fun and decades of memories. Follow these recommendations from the travel gurus and professional planners to ensure your family vacation is a huge hit.

The first step in planning a family vacation is to set a budget and reserve time on the calendar. Between work demands, children’s activities and the everyday responsibilities of life, it can be challenging to coordinate busy schedules and commit to a block of time for vacation. Know that you will be much more productive at work and more responsive at home after a relaxing vacation spent reconnecting with your family. Once the dates and budget have been secured, it’s time to select your destination. Whether it’s a national park, a tried and true beach town or a new city to explore, the point is to disconnect from work and build happy and fun memories with your family.

The options for accommodations are nearly unlimited. A trend growing in popularity is the rental of private family vacation homes or condominiums. With plenty of room to spread out, enjoy long dinners, relaxing morning cups of coffee, private homes offer many advantages over hotel rooms. They also often come at a lower price than rates for two or three hotel rooms each night to accommodate the entire family. There are a number of reputable websites that list private vacation homes for rental. Be sure to connect with the owner prior to sending any funds. Confirm the number of bedrooms, configuration and location as well as any amenities directly with the owner.

Finally, start planning the packing process. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and select from the killer values on casual apparel available from Fanatics. Check out the options for roof racks available to rent from car rental agencies and large department stores. Have your vehicle serviced and tires checked. Unplug your devices and get ready to make wonderful memories with your family!