Organizing Family Vacations
At first thought, a family vacation sounds like an amazingly wonderful idea; until you actually have to start planning and putting it together. While the end result it usually always worth it, organizing a family vacation can put you on the verge of pulling out your hair. If you keep organized and follow a few simple tips, you'll ease the stress and make the whole experience an enjoyable task.
- The first thing you'll want to do is pick dates that work for everyone in the family. If your family consists of you, a spouse, and a few younger kids, then all you'll only have to coordinate with your spouse. However, if your family involves older children, or extended family, you'll have to make sure and coordinate dates with everyone. The best way to do this is have them write down the dates that they are available and commit to being there, and find overlapping dates that work for everyone.
- Once you have the dates picked out, location is next on the list. Have a family meeting to decide on places you'd all like to go, or if you're planning a family trip with family from around the country, try and pick a neutral location that will be easy for everyone to travel to. Make sure to research the destination before deciding, as you don't want to get there and find out it's a dud.
- Next on the list is to set a budget. Sit down and figure out how much you can spend without feeling too guilty. If you're low on budget you'll probably have to drive, rather than fly to your vacation destination. Keep your budget in mind when picking your location as well. Set up a budget determining how much you plan on spending for lodging, recreational activities, meals, and a miscellaneous category for unplanned purchases. Once you make your budget, stick to it!
- After making your budget, you'll want to look at how much you allotted out for lodging and find a place to stay that fits in your range. A fun, cheap alternative, if your family is up for it, is always camping. It costs next to nothing, and promotes family bonding.
- Something you'll want to work on next is finding activities to do while you're on vacation. Maybe your going to the beach and just plan on spending all your time there, but if not you might want to research museums, plays, hikes, or anything else that sounds fun. If your children are old enough, it might be a good idea to give them the assignment of finding one place they'd like to visit while your there.
- The last thing to remember when organizing a vacation is to make lots of lists. Make lists of things you need to pack, people you need to call, and things you need to do. If you have all the things listed that need to get done, you're sure not to forget anything.
The very last thing you need to do, is sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Have fun on your vacation.
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