Family Vacations: Keep Everyone Happy

June 20, 2011

Frugal

This is a guest post that I thought was very well done, and is perfect for the start of summer! I hope you learn a few tips. 😉 Keeping everyone in the family happy on a vacation is a daunting challenge.

Family Vacations – Keep Everyone Happy In 3 Steps

Holidays are meant to be relaxing times for the entire family, from the most mischievous toddler to the wisest grandmother. It’s often mum and dad that end up needing even more vacation after a vacation. All the organising and running around can easily tire even the most energetic parents out and it won’t stop when you finally get to the airport for your trip. Nope, this is often just the beginning, but luckily, if you have a few things prepared before your trip. It truly can end up being the relaxing and fun-filled family holiday you were dreaming of the entire time you planned it.

Step 1 – Know What To Expect

Some of the very best vacations can start off differently to how you planned them to, simply by not fully understanding what to expect when you arrive at your destination. For instance, travelling from Northern to Southern hemisphere will mean that the season you be heading to will be completely different to where you’re coming from and even some of the most exotic places can be very cold when it is their Winter. A good example of this is Johannesburg in South Africa. As warm as Africa is portrayed to be in films and documentaries. I made the mistake of underestimating their winter in July and spent my first day (and much of my spending money) kitting myself and kids up with winter clothes. Once this was done it was a fantastic trip, however that first day will forever live in infamy in my mind as a steep learning curve.

Step 2 – Be Prepared

I know this is easier said than done, especially with young children. What I specifically mean though, is ensure you have taken out a specific family travel insurance policy. The reason I say this, is if something unfortunate was to occur while on holiday, medical bills can become very expensive, especially if you need to be transported between places. Your personal insurance at home may not cover you and you don’t want to have to be in debt after a vacation. It is much safer to rather not have anything to worry about on your mind while away.

Step 3 – Research

Of course you will already know much about your destination, which is why you will have chosen it. However, try to have a general idea of the sites and attractions to be found in the area you will be staying. Find out the best transport to and from the sites and fares on buses, trams, trains and taxis in order for you to plan ahead. you may also be heading to a vacation spot to experience the outdoors, however, sometimes nature might not play fairly and you could have a rainy day. Knowing about indoor attractions ahead of time will ensure you have somewhere to go to experience a fantastic day out with your family.

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