Family vacations should be fun and memorable. With a busy family and demanding jobs, organizing a trip might add unnecessary stress to your life. Whether you arrange it yourself, or have a professional organizer help, here’s a simple guide covering the basics:
DRAW UP A BUDGET: Agree on the costs with your partner. Include travel, accommodation, meals, activities, transportation, and perhaps babysitting. Add a buffer for unintended expenses.
HAVE A FAMILY MEETING: Ask every person for a wish list of activities, and try to include something for everyone on the itinerary. Consider individual likes and dislikes, children’s ages, and physical abilities.
DO YOUR RESEARCH: Monitor flight deals. Look for child-friendly accommodations and discounts for kid meals. Check if the hotel has a swimming pool. If you have a dog, stroller or wheelchair, do you prefer the ground floor? What activities are available? Costs?
PRE-BOOK EVENTS AND EXTRAS: Plan for travel from the airport. Find out which excursions are popular and pre-book to avoid disappointment. Arrange car rentals ahead of time (they are costly at airport). Consider health insurance if traveling abroad.
MAKE TRAVEL KID-FRIENDLY: Keep the kids busy with games, snacks, and books, and also be mindful of the comfort of your fellow passengers. Give the kids a map of your route so they can follow along.
BUILD IN DOWN-TIME: Ensure your itinerary has flexibility so you have time to relax in your room or around the pool. Leave room for spontaneity; what a shame to miss out on a great outing you stumble across because you have pre-paid activities all day everyday.
PACK CAREFULLY: Google the weather and make sure your clothing is appropriate. If traveling overseas, remember an electric adapter.
ARRANGE FOR HOUSE CARE: Arrange for daily/weekly house checks, pet boarding, mail/newspaper stops, plant watering, etc. Potomac Concierge specializes in Peace of Mind House Checks.
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