This time of year always has me thinking about vacation. Here in Cleveland it’s cold, snowy, windy, and icy. It’s enough to make anyone want to get away so it’s the perfect time to co a little spring break family vacation planning. I enjoy planning our trips almost as much as I do actually taking them. It’s fun to sort through the possibilities, to figure out which destination will be both budget-friendly and fun, and to daydream about the warm weather and smiles on the kids’ faces.
In honor of Cleveland’s cold and snow and with spring around the corner, I put together a list of our favorite spring break family vacation tips. While we don’t have a vacation planned just yet, writing out these tips has got my wheels spinning and I ready to start planning.
Driving or Flying? – This is the first decision to make. Look at how much time you have, factor in how far away you want to go, and take a look at your budget. Answering these questions will narrow down your destination choices. If you decide to drive you may also want to discuss with age-appropriate family members whether the drive will be considered part of the trip. If so, you can plan in some scenic routes and sightseeing. Or if you prefer to drive straight there with as little stopping as possible it’s good to discuss this up front as well.
Finding the Perfect Destination – There are so many wonderful family vacation spots out there that choosing just one can be difficult. One of my favorite sites to browse is TripAdvisor. While I love the reviews there, I find the forums incredibly helpful too. They have forums for every destination and they are searchable as well. You can often find people who are planning travel the same time as you who may have similar questions.
Travel blogs are also a great way to get an in depth look at destination possibilities. Many are filled with gorgeous photos and beautiful descriptions that transport you right to the location. Some of my favorites include:
Finding Accommodations To Meet Your Budget – One of our favorite ways to save money by traveling is through vacation rentals. It’s always nice for everyone to have their own room, to have a full kitchen with appliances so every meal doesn’t have to be eaten out, and having extra elbow room is always nice too. We’ve stayed in vacation homes in the past that have had their own pool, which honestly is like a vacation in itself!
Pack Your Umbrellas – When traveling in the spring you may get some beautiful weather but there’s also a chance you’ll be met with rain too. While umbrellas may be tough to pack for the whole family especially if you are flying be sure to bring ponchos, raincoats, and baseball hats so a little drizzle won’t damper your spirits.
Print Out A Family Vacation Pack List – When packing the entire family for a spring break family vacation you don’t want to forget anything. This trip is meant to be a relaxing getaway but if you have to keep running to the store to pick up items you’ve forgotten it could get old fast. That’s why I like the packing list from Family Vacation Critic. It’s an easy to use list that will help minimize stress before you go on your trip and maximize fun while you are there.
These are a few of our favorite tips and I’m looking forward to implementing them as we plan our spring break family vacation trip. As soon as we have a destination picked out I’ll be sure to share the details.
What about you? Are you planning a spring break family vacation this year? Where was your favorite spring break destination?