In today’s fast-paced world, family life can be a frenzy of daily errands, work responsibilities, and household management, leaving little to no room for quality time spent together away from this daily grind. Family holidays offer rewards beyond just the experiences of travel. Yet often when we plan a perfect getaway to escape the daily stresses of life, the myriad choices and complications of family trip planning for even just a single holiday with the kids can become a task in itself. As restorative as travel can be, at the same time, facing hurdles in your trip planning or on the trip itself can quickly turn the best intentions into additional stress instead. We have assembled 5 of our top tips for planning that perfect family getaway, and avoiding the pitfalls of traveling blues.
1. Always compare options
The first step in planning a trip should be to compare the prices of the options available while booking a flight, package, or a hotel room. Using a travel agent or trip planning service can minimize stress early in the planning process, but be sure that you choose and agency or trip planner that will not restrict your options and flexibility. Travelers can save money by comparing the cost of booking your flight directly with the airlines and looking at packages or hotel deals carefully to be aware of any hidden fees or costs.
2. Create a loose and flexible itinerary
Unplanned events are a part of life and can happen during your vacation too. While planning, always keep certain days open to accommodate things that you may have missed due to a delayed flight or a slight snooze. Vacations are all about relieving stress and a flexible itinerary will help in ensuring your family enjoys a leisurely trip.
3. Travel smart
Always plan as far ahead in advance of your getaway as possible to minimize error and make it perfect. Make sure to carefully outline your budget and dates of travel. Buying souvenirs on your vacation might be a good idea, but avoid overspending on those that will likely just end up biting the dust on your shelf. Consider splurging on an experience or a special dining occasion instead, as those memories can be more precious than material items. Furthermore, make sure to keep a little wiggle room in your budget and time frame as inevitably, unexpected expenses will arise and you don’t want to be disappointed on that perfect getaway or return home with inflated credit card bills.
4. Do your research
Once you have decided on your destination, make sure you have a good understanding of the places you will be visiting. Check on the availability of public transportation, taxi route estimates, dining options, and travel visa requirements. It is invariably convenient to know the place that you are about to visit, rather than wasting time navigating a new place blindly once you are already there. When it comes to knowing your destination, more information is always better.
5. Always pack light
Your luggage will be with you throughout your travel and should never be a burden while wandering. Keep enough clothes and shoes in your bag, but make sure not to carry your entire wardrobe. Especially when travelling with kids, it is always better to under pack and be relaxed, than to over pack and find yourself completely burden by managing your luggage along the journey.Add to favorites