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Top 3 Tips for a Perfect Family Vacation

Three Kids Jumping  by Teri Hawley

Okay, we all know that there’s really no such thing as ‘perfect’ but it’s not impossible to come close to perfect, especially for a family vacation. Family vacations can be extremely overwhelming to plan since there are so many aspects, but if you follow these top 3 tips your family will be well on their way to the perfect vacation.


Location First

Have your children ever been on an airplane? Maybe this family vacation is the perfect time to hop on one. Whether you’re driving, flying or even boating, it’s important to find a destination that meets the entire family’s needs. If you’ve got a small family, consider something more intimate, like the Princess Bayside, which appeals more to couples or if you’ve got a couple of rugrats a family resort might be the perfect getaway. Family resorts, such as the Princess Royale, have in-house activities that cater to both parents and children of all ages.


Pre-Plan Activities

So now that you know where your destination is, do a little research to find out the local events and family hot spots within that area so you can have a set schedule and maybe figure out a few ways to save a couple bucks unless you’re lucky enough to have friends that Plumfund your entire trip for you. Being familiar with your destination will allow you to quickly think of things to do when you find you have some down time. If you’re staying at a resort, try and call them prior to your vacation and ask what types of activities they offer or what attractions are popular in the area. The more prepared you are, the more your kids will stay active and happy.


Pack Only What You Need

It’s easy to over pack and it’s always a fear to under pack – however, there is an in-between. Encourage your children to only pack what they’ll need such as comfortable clothing and personal essentials. If you’re able to purchase it at a Wal-Mart or a local big box store than do so when you feel you need the item on your vacation, otherwise, it’s probably best to leave it at home. Packing smart also means you’ll have more room for souvenirs on your way back home.