How to Plan a Family Vacation
“A penny saved is a penny earned.” “A job worth doing is worth doing right.” We apply both of these sayings to the working world all of the time. Why not apply them to our vacationing world as well? Like most people, I look forward to a vacation, but planning it can become overwhelming if you’re not prepared. Planning a vacation should be fun and exciting. Vacationing is not always a priority to many families due to economic distress, but as little as a few hundred dollars you can plan a weekend getaway that’s inexpensive but a lot of fun! The best vacation my family ever took was one that we didn’t stress on planning. My husband and I kept it simple. We packed our bags early and hid them away. We left for our last day of work and never said a word to the kids until we were ready to leave. When we got home, my husband announced to the kids, “pack your bags, we’re going on vacation.” All I could hear the kids saying was, “where are we going? “ “Just as I said,” my husband announced, “On vacation, get ready to go.” Keeping things easy and stress free is important to beginning a happy family vacation. With a little planning you can come up with a trip that keeps the children entertained and gives you that well- deserved break you need. Here are some much- needed strategies to make your planning and vacation as simple as possible.
Figuring out what you’re interested in is a major factor in your planning. Not everyone is into car shows, bike rallies or the typical Disney vacation. Don't overlook major cities. Metropolitan areas like Jamestown, Norfolk, and Washington, D.C. offer families a variety of cultural and historical events that are child-friendly as well as interesting for adults. Look for destinations with sights, sounds, and adventures that match with your kids' interests like sports, theatre, art, history or architecture and choose a place that offers something for each of your kids and...
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