by Muffett Grubb
- Book early. Most vacation destinations fill up early, especially during peak family vacation times like summer, spring break and the holidays. Make hotel, car rental and activity reservations as soon as you know what your vacation schedule is.
- Plan, plan, plan. Know what sights and activities are available and any advance reservation requirements. And…plan some downtime for the family to rest and relax together, such as a dinner out or a walk on the beach.
- Involve the family. Involve the entire family in the planning so that everyone has the chance for an activity they enjoy and something each person will really look forward to.
- Time to rest. Plan times that you can rest and relax, especially if you have younger children. This is especially important in destinations where you have hot, humid weather or a lot of crowds.
- Transportation. Consider methods of transportation you will be using and travel time. Remember that trains, rental cars and planes all have different types of seating and you may need to bring your own car seat. And, how long will it take you to travel? Consider meal times, nap times and activities for during travel.
- Be prepared. Remember to pack appropriate clothing for all types of weather (what if it rains all week?), as well as a small first aid kit. Check out the average temperatures for your dates and destination(s).
- Special considerations for your family needs. If your children have food allergies or have any special needs, make sure you check options in advance with the hotel, etc.
- Consider travel/trip insurance. Last minute cancellations or illness/injury during a trip can turn a family vacation into a disaster. Consult with a travel professional for the insurance coverage you need during travel and know what coverage you have personally…many health insurance policies don’t provide coverage if you are out of the country or on a cruise.
- Expected the unexpected. Travel delays, weather and “incidents” can create stress. Be flexible should something happen and consider it a new adventure.
- Consult a travel professional. If you are unsure about where to go, what to do and what best fits your family’s needs, consult with a travel professional, who can save you time, money and stress.
Muffett Grubb is a travel professional specializing in cruise and international travel planning. For more information or help planning your next family vacation, contact Muffett at www.cruisesbymuffett.com.