Planning a great family vacation can be a lot of fun. If possible, include children in on the planning. It will make them feel important and often, kids will come up with some great ideas. The first thing to think about is the budget.
Tips for Planning a Great Family Vacation
1. Family Vacation Budget
When deciding on a family vacation budget, be sure to include all the little things as well. For example, when figuring out how much money will be spent on meals, don’t forget to factor in the cost of snacks, additional beverages, and even treats like ice cream cones. Each one alone doesn’t sound like much money, but, over the course of an entire vacation, the money can add up.
Don’t forget to include emergency money in the budget. A parent never knows when a tire may go flat or a child can lose a tennis shoe. Be sure to keep a little aside for souvenirs as well. It’s always nice to have a little keepsake from a family vacation.
2. Cheap and Affordable Family Vacations
What with the way the economy has been, many families are choosing to go camping for their family vacations. Interested in camping, but, don’t have the gear or can’t afford to purchase equipment? An alternative is the “kamping kabins” offered by KOA. These are generally cheaper than hotels and puts families right into the heart of a camping experience. Make sure you follow a camping checklist to ensure that you have all the essentials needed to go on a camping trip.
When camping, be sure to pick a place with fun activities for the kids. If possible, camp by the ocean or near a lake so that the children can enjoy water activities. A beach vacation can keep the whole family occupied without having to spend a lot of money.
3. Family Adventure Vacations
Looking for some outdoor excitement? How about a white water rafting trip? These can range from mild to wild. If considering this, check to see what the age restrictions are for children. While some rafting trips are fine for younger children, the more adventurous ones are geared for older kids and adults.
Want to know what it’s like to live life as a cowboy? Find out with a dude ranch vacation. Some of the usual activities include horseback riding, fishing, and some great cowboy cookouts. Many of these are all-inclusive.
4. Theme Park Vacations
Most kids love to visit theme parks and there’s certainly no shortage of them throughout the United States. Disneyland and Disney World, along with Universal Studios in both Florida and California are among the most popular theme parks.
A theme park vacation doesn’t have to empty out the wallet. There are some tips to saving money on these kind of vacations. While staying on property at a place like Walt Disney World sounds appealing, much less expensive hotels can be found within walking distance.
If on a tight budget, consider getting a room with a kitchenette. Food at theme parks can get pricey. It can be cheaper to eat three meals in the room than one full meal at a park. Also, look for hotels that provide a good, free continental breakfast.
Looking to hit more than one theme park on a family vacation? If so, consider a trip to southern California which is home to Disneyland, California Adventure, Universal Studios, Sea World, Legoland, and Knott’s Berry Farm.
5. Family Cruise Vacations
In recent years, many cruise lines have become quite family friendly. There are some reasonably priced cruises to Mexico, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean. If budgeting, try to go during off season when prices are lower. A family cruise can be both exciting and educational for kids.
Planning a family vacation with the kids can really add excitement to the vacation and give children an idea of what the vacation will be like. Be sure to start with a budget, then have fun planning the trip together with the whole family.