Start 2020 By Planning a Family Vacation You’ll Never Forget
Not sure how to start off the first year in a new decade? Welcome 2020 by planning a family vacation you’ll be talking about in years to come. Here’s how.
If you want to bond with your family, you need to go on a family vacation!
There are very few things that bond people together more than enjoying a fun and memorable trip. Thus, to help make your family that much closer, we advise that you go on a family vacation.
In case you are wondering how to plan a family trip, we have a step-by-step guide to planning the family vacation of your dreams.
Get ready to have some fun!
Decide Where You Want to Go
First things first. When you’re planning a vacation, you need to pick the location that you are going to visit. This is important because without the location, you cannot book your flights or accommodations or make any plans for your vacation.
When deciding on a location, make sure that you pick a place that you can afford to go to. Also, make sure to pick a location that everyone in your family will likely enjoy.
Get the Family Together
Before you can make any detailed plans about your family trip, you need to know for sure who is going. Thus, make sure to ask every family member if they are committed to going on a family trip.
Choose a Range of Dates
To ensure that everyone who plans on going on your family vacation is able to actually go, make sure to pick a range of dates for the trip that everyone agrees on early. That way everyone can move their plans around and take off the necessary time from work and/or school for the trip.
Come up With a Budget
Once you know where you are going for your vacation and how many family members will be going with you, you need to come up with a reasonable budget for the maximum amount of money you want to spend on the trip. You should also come up with a budget for how much money each individual family member will need to spend to make the trip happen and let them know. That way, there will be no surprises when it comes to the costs of things while on vacation.
There are pluses and minuses to having numerous family members going on the same vacation. On the one hand, the more people on the trip, the more things will cost. On the other hand, the more people on the trip, the more people you will have to divide those costs with.
For example, the cost of the accommodations for a vacation for a family of four will be greater than that of a family of three, but if some members of your family are adults, there will be more people to split the cost of the accommodations with. If you have mostly children on your family vacation, do not be discouraged about the cost of the vacation. If you have multiple children going on your family vacation, you may be able to get kid discounts on activities.
If you plan on going to Universal Disney, you may even be able to get your hands on Universal VIP tours while on your vacation.
Book Flights if Necessary
If your trip will require you to fly, book your flights as early as possible. The earlier you book your flights, the cheaper the cost is likely to be.
If you are going on a cruise, make sure to book your cruise as early as possible too. Like with flights, cruise ship ticket costs increase if you wait until the last minute to book. If you are driving to your family vacation, make sure that you have a reliable car that is full of gas and ready to go before the day of the trip.
Book Your Accommodations
When preparing for a family vacation, you should also book any accommodations, such as hotel rooms, as early as possible. This is especially true if you are traveling to a place where there is a major event going on at the time that you will be visiting. Also, make sure to book your accommodations early if you are traveling during a busy time of year, like the holidays.
Get a Passport if Necessary
If your family vacation is out of the country, make sure that everyone has their passport. Make sure the people getting their passports for the first time get them as soon as possible. This is because passports can sometimes take a long time to arrive in the mail.
Plan/Pay for Activities That You Plan to Do on the Trip
If you plan on going on a tour, going to the spa or doing some other activity as a family while on your trip, make sure you call the place ahead of time and book your family’s spot for the activity. There is nothing worse than everyone being excited to do an activity together, only to get their hopes crushed when they can’t because you did not book ahead of time.
Also, as a note, make sure to take family vacation pictures while partaking on your activities. Trust us, those are the moments that you’ll want to remember forever.
Get Ready to Have a Good Time
Once you’ve booked your way of travel, accommodations and any necessary vacation activities, all that is left to do is go on the vacation itself. With all the stress of planning and budgeting out of the way, you and your family are sure to have a good time.
Vacation Spots in the U.S.
Do not feel pressured to spend more money than you can afford just to make your family happy. Remember the bonding that comes from a family vacation comes from being together.
If you want someplace fun, but affordable to take your family, there are plenty of spots within the Southern United States that you can go to when planning a family vacation. Whether that is spending a day at Disney World or camping at a campsite, there are plenty of ways to bond with your family.
For more trip ideas, check out the Travel section on our website.