Planning your first family vacation can be exciting, fun, overwhelming and scary!
When I first started planning our first family vacation I had no idea where to begin!
Of course I began my search on the Internet!
I reached out to all my twitter friends, forum members and fellow bloggers. The advice I received was overwhelming! Everyone had great tips, advice, and tricks for a family vacation. I had pages and pages printed of all the advice I received trying to find the perfect advice for us.
I did learn though that all families are different, even when you are going to the same place millions of people have traveled to before. While some of the advice I received was invaluable I still had to tailor it for our family.
Here are some simple tips I have for planning your first family vacation:
- Research well in advance of your trip. Find out park hours if you are visiting a theme park, any special events being held at the location,etc.
- Be prepared for all kinds of weather. While we were on our trip we experienced rain, cold, and even warm sunny days. So we had jeans, jackets, beanie hats, rain jackets packed as well as shorts. Regardless of what the weatherman says, plan ahead so you are not spending extra money on things you could of brought from home.
- Ask your friends. You might have to take their advice or tip and tailor them to your family but they might think of something that you never even thought about!
- If you are driving, don’t forget the fun things you can do for your kids to help make the ride more bearable.
- If you are driving and you plan to stop along the way to spend the night, check ahead of time for hotels along your route. have their location, number, and rates written down so you have a idea of where you could possibly stay. Just be sure to call the hotel directly when you are close to make sure they have a room available and to see if the rates have increased due to the weekend or a special event.
- Be prepared for disappointments. Sounds bad but you need to prepare yourself that you might not get to do everything you want to do on your vacation. For us, the kids missed out on the night Time Parade at Disney World 2 nights. One because of weather and two because we were at Dinner with Chef Mickey. Now, they didn’t know about the parade so they were unaware that we missed it. Less is always more when it comes to telling your kids about every details of whats to offer at your vacation spot
- Have fun!! Yes the planning is a lot of work but you will forget about it all when you see your kids laughing and smiling. Family vacations are something they will remember forever no matter where you go or what you do, they will always remember the time you spent together!