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Planning a Family Trip? Everything You Need for a Smooth Vacation - Sophia Belnap - ContactCenterWorld.com Blog

Planning a Family Trip? Everything You Need for a Smooth Vacation

Family vacations are excellent ways to bond with one another and make memories that will last a lifetime. Planning a family vacation looks a lot different than a romantic getaway or a work trip. When there are several ages, interests and developmental stages to consider, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the details. 

For a smooth, successful trip that the whole family can enjoy, it’s possible to mind the specifics without getting in over your head. This guide will help you to make clear, sound decisions and plan a great vacation that every member of your family is sure to remember. 

Determine Your Budget

Whether you’ve always wanted to invest in Costco Universal Studios discount passes or you want to set off for the wilderness, determine how much of your savings you have to dedicate to your vacation. Keep in mind that even a modest budget can buy a wonderful experience, and it isn’t always necessary to shell out the big bucks for an unforgettable family vacation. 


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Look at Your Lifestyle

If your family is the self-proclaimed “indoorsy” type, they may not necessarily enjoy a trip spent backpacking in the backwoods. Still, stretching the limits of your hobbies can be a good thing if everyone needs a significant change of scenery and a trip that is outside of your family’s comfort zone. 

Plan your destination, and your activities, around the way your family generally spends their time. If your baby naps every two hours, while your pre-teen is thirsty for adventure, find a good balance of activities to suit everyone’s vacation dreams while staying realistic to what you can actually manage with each member of your family while on the road. 

Request Time Off

With school schedules, soccer games, work deadlines and carpool duties, there is a lot to consider when looking for the right window for a vacation on your family’s calendar. Check everyone’s schedule, and then double check to make sure no events, school pageants or important games conflict with your dates. It may be easiest to book a vacation during peak times, such as spring break or holidays, even if you know the destination may be a bit busier. 

Book Wisely

Airlines often charge passengers extra to select their seats ahead of time, and this is ever important when flying with children. As well, it may seem like a wise choice to book a hotel slightly outside of your chosen destination, but if a child needs a sudden change in clothes, or you have a cranky toddler who needs a break, the trek back to your accommodations could eat up valuable vacation time. Try to look for family-friendly hotels, avoid flights during naptime and book kid-friendly tours and excursions to save yourself any potential headaches down the road. 

Plan Your Itinerary

To combat boredom, make sure you’re ready to take the reins when you hit the ground at your destination with predetermined activities and options. Hold a family meeting to talk about what’s available to you and gauge interest for each activity. When planning your itinerary, make sure to leave some room for breaks. These cushions in your schedule will prove invaluable in the event of any hiccups where your schedules don’t go according to plan. 

Stay Flexible

When traveling with your family, snags are bound to happen. Vacations are enriching and relaxing, but no one is immune from the potential stress of travel and homesickness. From sibling fights, wrong turns and messy spills at the dinner table, obstacles big and small may arise. Try to adopt a mindset of flexibility. The more prepared you are for eventual hiccups, the better and more smoothly you’ll be able to handle them and breeze past the solution to enjoy the rest of your trip. The rest of your family may also follow your lead, and each of you will have a better chance at a great trip–no matter what the experience throws your way. 

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