10 Tips for Planning a Stress Free Family Vacation
All the Fun, None of the Hassle
The fast pace of your job, not to mention the rest of life, has you longing for a vacation where you and your family can get away from it all and create wonderful memories together. The only problem is…the last time you retreated on a get-away as a family, you returned more exhausted than ever. Is there any way to plan a stress free family vacation where you refuse to check that usual baggage of anxiety and worry? Sure there is. Follow these tips, and you’ll be on the road to a family vacation that's smoother than those bumpy rides of past trips.
Extra Tip: Plan a vacation that is age appropriate to avoid unrealistic expectations for behavior.
Set a budget
Before you make any decisions about your family get-away, determine your travel budget for the trip. Nothing kills the fun of a trip like getting part way through a vacation and realizing you're out of money. Nail down the larger costs like flights, a hotel and a car rental, and then set a daily budget for meals and entertainment. Check out the costs for the restaurants and shows you know will be on your agenda to determine a reasonable daily budget.
Extra Tip: Plan an extra day of vacation time to readjust to normal life once you arrive home.
Search for deals
Extra Tip: In an effort to save, don’t rule out travel insurance. The cost is worth it to ensure your trip.
Establish a routine
Extra Tip: Resist the urge to cram too many activities into your schedule. Allow for down time.
Keep it simple
Make a few key decisions about your family vacation before you go to maximize your sanity. If at all possible, opt for an all-inclusive package as opposed to a choose-as-you-go option. There are often cost conscious packages available and not having to think about how much you want to spend on every meal and activity will go a long way in upping your relaxation quotient. Invite a set of grandparents or a beloved family sitter to join you. This will allow Mom and Dad to get some extra time away together. It’s also ideal if you can plan your vacation during the off season to avoid the crowds.
Extra Tip: Leave distractions, like work and video games, at home.
Most important of all, once you set off on your family vacation, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rather, have fun with your crew as you experience new memories together!
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Posted by Anna Nimitz on Tue May 13, 2014 6:47 AM EST
These are really so simple but very useful tips. I will definitely follow them while planning my next Europe tour with family. Thanks for the article.
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