Monday, November 2, 2020

Where To Start When Planning A Family Vacation

Many people ask me how long it takes me to plan our family vacations. Today I am going to share with ya'll some super easy ways to get started planning your own family vacation. If you are going somewhere you've been before such as your favorite beach then it should be really easy to get started planning. However, if you are going somewhere totally new that you've never been before then it is does take a lot more time to plan ahead and do some research on where you would like to stay. 

Vacation Planning Details

For starters, before I really dive into planning our family vacation I usually ask my three children this simple question: Where would you like to go for our next family vacation? I will usually give them 3 choices. I asked the kids if they would prefer to go on a cruise or Disney World and they chose a cruise!! Sadly, due to Coronavirus our cruise was cancelled this past May 2020. We ended up going to the beach. 

After you have decided on your destination I recommend doing some research. My favorite website to research are typically You can search your destination on their website and read many great reviews on hotels, restaurants, attractions, etc. Also you can see which hotels are ranked the best and see great photos. Tip: do not stay at hotel that is under construction. This can create many irritating obstacles such as loud noise, closed attractions, limited dining, etc. Tip: Check the resort's website to see if they are offering any promotions/special discounts.

Select your travel dates but before you actually book the resort check around on various websites to see if it is a lower cost to book directly on the resort website or on a third party site such as

Once your trip is actually booked put those dates on your calendar and be sure to let your work know asap. 

Now for the fun part---planning! I really enjoy planning out our family vacations. When we went to Oahu, Hawaii I spent about a month planning our vacation. I did a lot of research on fun family friendly places to visit in Hawaii. I also researched which area of Oahu we wanted to rent a condo at. We wanted to be within walking distance to restaurants, the beach and activities to avoid renting a car for the entire vacation. We knew we wanted a condo with a kitchen so we could avoid eating out every meal. We like having a full kitchen to cook meals and a full size refrigerator is always great when you have 5 people! Read all about our Hawaii adventures here

Just remember to allow time for actually relaxing on your vacation and of course budget for the vacation. I like to create a spreadsheet and budget each meal out, airfare, hotel/condo rental, spending money, activities money, etc. so I know somewhat what my vacation budget needs to be. 

Be sure to check out my post about packing for a roadtrip

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