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3 Things to Consider When Planning Your Next Family Vacation

Family vacations are often something everyone looks forward to. It’s an opportunity to take a break from the chaos of everyday life as well as spend time with your family. Planning one, however, isn’t always a piece of cake and often requires patience, budgeting, and decision making. With the right information and resources, you should be able to choose a destination that is suitable for everyone. In case you happen to be on the verge of planning a family vacation and aren’t sure where to start, this article is going to list three things to consider when planning your next family vacation.


One of the first things to think about when planning a family vacation is affordability. As amazing as it would be to spend a month in Hawaii being waited on hand and foot, it may not be feasible in terms of your budget. You should, therefore, look at how much you have after paying your bills and be realistic about what you can afford. My friend was in australia and went over his budget because he didn’t understand money transfers from australia so it is well worth doing research into it to avoid paying extra for no reason! The good thing is that vacations are something that you can save towards, so you can set a timeline as well as a savings goal to pay for the vacation you want. Some ways to save for a family vacation include cooking more, saving on transit, having less takeout, saving your change, and doing an automatic transfer into a savings account every month.

Child-Friendly Activities

Another thing to look out for when planning your next family vacation is whether or not your destination has child-friendly activities depending on their ages. Ideally, a family vacation should be something that everyone enjoys, so it’s imperative that you look at what there is to do at your proposed destination beforehand. This fabulous RV park on Galveston Island in Texas, for instance, has a number of things you can get up to such as visiting the aquarium, museum, theme park, as well as a number of beaches. This means there’s something for everyone in addition to things that you can all do together as a family. Your best bet may be to plan the vacation with the kids and ask them what their preferences are and then see how you can all come to a decision.


In this digital age, a lot of the time it can be easy to trust everything you see online, however, this shouldn’t always be the case. When it comes to a vacation especially, it’s important that you’re as careful as possible to avoid scams and also disappointments. For this reason, you should always check for reviews before booking any holiday packages or hotels. Ensure you’re booking from a trustworthy site and also ask for recommendations from friends. Vacation rentals are also said to be prone to scams so some tips to avoid getting ripped off include never paying with cash, not being fooled by photography, reading comments, and ensuring they’re legit.

Family vacations don’t tend to be a regular occurrence, so when you are finally able to have one, you should make sure it counts. You can do this by picking a destination that you’ll all love to make it one that’s memorable. You may have been pining for the Surf City Rentals for years, or perhaps your dreams are international. Ultimately, carefully planning during the beginning stages is key if you want to have a family vacation you’ll remember.


  • Linda Manns Linneman

    I am so ready for a great family vacation. Time to get away and relax. Time to see and do something different. Thank you for sharing these great suggestions.

  • Molli Taylor

    it’s definitely important to make sure you find child friendly activities and even some backups. it stinks to be stuck someplace with irritated kids!

  • Lauryn R

    These are great tips! It definitely takes a lot more planning when you take a family vacation, as you have to cater to everyone’s needs as well as not spend a fortune. I always plan by making lists and doing lots of research. Thanks for sharing!

  • Tamra Phelps

    Oh, I need a good vacation, lol. But I want to vacation at home because after a serious illness, I’ve been in hospitals and physical therapy places for over 3 months.

  • Christa Sloan

    Yeah, affordability is a big one for me. I’m an aunt, so when my sister and I go on vacation, I do have to check out the family-friendly activities. I was thinking something Disney the next time I go on vacation, but I’m hoping to do something a bit sooner than that as well. I’m the planner in our family, but my sister always tries to plan. Then she realizes she’s taken on too much and tries to give me that responsibility again, but then complains when I choose something she doesn’t like. It’s a vicious cycle lol.

  • Sue E

    These are excellent tips!! Which I was happy to share on Facebook!
    We are empty nesters so we don’t have to plan kid friendly activities anymore or have to save as much money for their activities.
    But now we are empty nesters and need a vacation! We can’t afford it with our Social Security incomes and my health issues. I always thought that this would be the time to do things and enjoy our time. Sadly it’s not the case! So please enjoy your lives now!

  • Jennifer Hedden

    I would love to be planning a vacation right now! But it will have to wait awhile. This is great information for planning a vacation. Most of us rely on the internet so much these days especially when planning vacations it is easy to forget about scammers.

  • Mia Rose

    I think some of the national parks offer good vacation opportunities especially with kids. We went to Yellowstone recently and there was so much to see and do. It is nicer to be able to go on the off season though to have less crowds.

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