Going on vacation with your family is probably something you look forward to all year if you’re like most people. After all, you probably don’t get out of the office for more than a weekend most of the time. Traveling with family isn’t always as easy as just hitting the open road or hopping on an airplane though.
If you have kids, or you’re traveling with older relatives, there are some serious concessions you might need to make. You’re also going to have to do a great deal of planning if you want to pull the trip off properly.
Use this guide to help you plan the perfect vacation with your family. Once you arrive at your destination, you’ll be happy you spend the extra time getting everything ready.
Determine Transportation Needs
Going out of town with your family will require either airline tickets, train tickets or a vehicle of your own. Depending on where you’re going, you’ll need to do the research and figure out which version is most cost-effective.
There’s more to consider than just cost though. Will you need a car at your final destination? Do you want to see the sights as you drive to your destination?
Figure out transportation as early as possible when traveling with your family as a group.
Book Lodging Early
When you’re traveling with a group of people like your family, you need plenty of space for everybody to get a good night’s rest. That means booking your lodging early if you don’t want to pay nosebleed hotel bills.
Destinations like Singer Island rentals, which offer unique housing for larger groups, are often your best bet. Cabins in snowy areas and around lakes generally offer more bang for your buck as well.
Plan Your Activities
Traveling with your family can be a great deal of fun, but if you’ve got kids with you, you’re going to need to keep them from getting bored. For the most part, that means planning a lot of activities that will keep them occupied.
Obviously the activities you plan will need to coincide with your budget and destination, so consider accordingly. If you’re taking a beach or snow trip though, you should always block out plenty of time to simply enjoy nature and relax.
These activities are also pretty light on your pocketbook, so they’re good to fill in some gaps between more expensive excursions.
Note: The above photos are places I have been.