Planning Your Family Vacation

By: Kim Hart

Many families don't go on vacation because planning them is simply too stressful and time consuming. If you go about planning your vacation in a systematic way you'll find that planning your vacation can actually be a lot of fun and will leave the whole family more excited than ever to actually enjoy spending time away from home together. Family vacations don't have to be a thing of the past; you just need better planning skills.

The first thing that you need to do is decide how much time you have to take off of work and school and other responsibilities and what time of year you'll be able to do this. This will affect how far you can go and where you will be able to travel to because of weather and other considerations. For instance, if you can only take four days off you couldn't fly from the US to Australia and back again but you might be able to go to Florida and enjoy the beach as a family.

Vacations and Your Budget

You will also want to think about your budget. When you know how much time you can take off you will then be able to base what you can actually do on how much you are able or want to spend. You may be able to spend three weeks away from home but if you can't afford to fly to Europe and tour all around the continent than you need to make other plans. You need to be very honest where your budget is concerned so you can enjoy yourself while on your trip instead of worrying about money the whole time. If you are on a small budget remember that you can take a vacation by simply driving a short distance from home and creating some fun for the family.

After you consider how much time you can take away from home and what you can afford you can start to think about what sort of activities are appropriate for your whole family. If everyone in your family is older and capable you might want to think about an adventure type vacation. However, if your kids are still young theme parks, beaches, and camping are great ideas. Remember that your vacation doesn't have to be fancy, just has to be something that is age and level appropriate for the whole family. If in doubt, consider the youngest person and their capabilities and go with activities that they can do and everyone else will also enjoy.

When you go about the planning process in this order you will be doing it in a successive manner where you build one piece of information on top of the other so that by the time you consider what type of activities you can all do you know where you want to go and you are ready to make your reservations. If you get the whole family involved in planning you might need to take votes or there may be need to be some executive decisions by parents, but overall this is a very straight forward way to plan a family vacation.

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