Vacation can be a fun experience for the whole family. It's an ideal time to recharge your batteries. You’ll come back to work feeling rested and ready to take on the world.

A vacation can give you an opportunity to spend quality time with your children while also letting them discover a new part of the world.

However, it requires good planning. If you’re not sure how to plan your vacation, this guide is for you! The process of planning a vacation can be enjoyable and pleasant for the entire family.

Where to start?

  • Choose a destination you’d like to visit and make a list of must-see places. Buy a guidebook.

  • Read about interesting places in the area you’re planning to visit.

  • Do online research with your kids.

  • Become familiar with all the family activities and attractions available in the area you’ll be visiting.

  • Choose the top places you’d like to go to.

  • Make sure the whole family is involved in the planning process so that everybody gets excited about the upcoming trip!  

  • If your kids plan their own leisure activities,  they won’t give you a hard time during your vacation.

  • What activities do the members of your family enjoy the most? Is it hiking together, swimming, or visiting new places and trying new cuisine?

  • Writing some of them down on your list or in an online organizer will help you narrow down the number of potential places to discover.

  • If you’re planning to visit a different country, read about its culture and history. It will help you get the most out of your trip and possibly avoid any unpleasant or unexpected situations.

Set a budget

Family vacations can be expensive, so setting a budget will help you make sure you have enough money to do and see everything on your list. 

You might want to consider the following:

  • Transportation

  • Accommodation

  • Food

  • Entertainment

Transportation. If you’re flying overseas and changing continents, you need to set money aside for the airfare. If you’re traveling a shorter distance, it’s worth considering other forms of transportation that will save you some cash and align with your needs. Reserve a rental car ahead of time at your final destination to help you stick to your own agenda and budget, but be sure you find the best deal available.

Food. Find out if your hotel includes meals and how many times per day you will get them. What if you prefer breakfast at the hotel but lunch at other places? How about eating out all day long or skipping meals?

Find out how much would food cost at a cafe or a local restaurant. Decide how often you want to eat out. 

Accommodation. Browse and compare prices at different hotels. You can also find rental homes and condos on different websites. Check the reviews for your accommodations online.

Does the hotel appear to be clean and safe? You might also consider booking an all-inclusive resort.

Entertainment. Look into buying theater tickets, theme park passes, or sightseeing tours ahead of time. Get your kids' input with regards to their preferences, too.

You should take several things into consideration when it comes to entertainment.

  • What kinds of activities do the members of your family enjoy doing?

  • Do they prefer hiking together, swimming, or visiting new places?

We advise you to use these suggestions when creating a budget. It’s not about saving every cent, but about being practical and getting a lot of bang for your buck.

You can enjoy your vacation and be financially responsible at the same time. Budgeting and tracking your expenditures may take some practice. However, it feels good to return home with some extra cash after a vacation.

Keep your documents organized

Keep the following important documents in one place: 

  • tickets;

  • IDs, passports and their copies;

  • maps;

  • hotel and/or other reservations;

  • pamphlets for sightseeing;

  • a list of potential restaurants;

  • emergency phone numbers

You can use an online planner or a life organizer. It’s ideal to keep electronic versions of your documents in one place, just in case. 

Be open to changes

No matter how well thought-through your itinerary is, it’s important to be flexible and open to changes.  

Keep an open mind and be prepared for all kinds of surprises and unexpected situations. If your children become irritated or cranky, don't force them to do an activity simply because it was on the agenda. The point is to enjoy your vacation and return home fully rested, not stressed out.

If your circumstances change, be ready to shift gears by having alternate activities you can enjoy instead. For example, if it’s raining you can go to a museum instead of a beach. Stay positive and enjoy your vacation to the fullest under any circumstances.

Plan some quality time as a couple. If you would like to enjoy a nice dinner out with your spouse, many hotels offer babysitting services that you can use for your date night. Make sure to seize the opportunity to enjoy a date or two with your significant other. After all, that’s what the vacation is for!

With love, your hubmee family ❤️