Spring Break Family Vacation Tips

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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.

Family Spring BreakIn 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?

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  3. Jennifer Marie says:

    We should have went somwhere on spring break. It was freezing here during break. Next year maybe!

  4. Deborah Curran says:

    I would love to take my son and my mom to germany so that my Mom can show him wear she grew up and how she handled ww11

  5. We are going to Sequoia National Park for spring break this year

  6. Becky Greene says:

    What great tios – I especially need the packing checklist! I spend so much time obsessing about forgetting something that I lose a bit of the fun and anticipation!

  7. No fun spring break vacation plans for us this year. Instead we’re working on planning our summer vacation to Disney World.

  8. Kristine E. says:

    I cannot wait for spring break! It seems like winter has dragged on forever.

  9. Not sure if we are going to go on Spring Break vacation this year or not. But one of our favorite spring break vacations was to Disney World in Florida! Always fun to go there!

  10. we’re going to florida in April!

  11. Diana Stanhope says:

    Lovely pictures as usually! I loved spring break as a kid in Florida.

  12. Great post. I love your tip about Pack Your Umbrellas. So true this time of year. The weather can change so quickly.

  13. We’re thinking of visiting my parents in Florida this spring break. It’s been a long time since we did any real traveling together.

  14. Maria Iemma says:

    It is a good idea to bring umbrellas and having a packing list is necessary in order to not forget important items. Thank you!

  15. Rachel Skirvin says:

    Being from Fla. Our favorite cheap getaway is the Beach. Pack a lunch and enjoy your day. We <3 Beach days!

  16. Wanda McHenry says:

    Where was that picture taken? I’d love to visit that beach, so serene and clean! I did one year go on a spring break vacation with my husband and I never will go to a Florida beach at that time of year again, it was a nightmare with all the students and crowds. I’d pick a different destination if we ever went at that particular time again.

  17. Austin Baroudi says:

    Great tips! I’m definitely the driving type. Planes scare me :P

  18. Jennifer Marie says:

    We have been caught without an umbrella-not fun! You never know what the weather will bring!

  19. Thanks fit the ideas!

  20. Carolyn A Colley says:

    great travel tips, I love the picture, makes me want to go to the beach now

  21. We’re off on the Oasis of the Seas in April! Even in FL, I hate the cold so much I head farther south.

  22. We like to head to the National Parks in the spring. They are less busy and the caves are always the same temperature.

  23. Thanks for the ideas. I like the Family Vacation Critic also.

  24. saminder gumer says:

    these will really help with spring break approaching soon. thanks.

  25. We usually don’t go anywhere for Spring Break, but use the time to just enjoy being home together. It might be a fun time for a getaway, though…something for us to think about.

  26. Looks like you have a vacation planning all set out to make it a lot easier and smoother!! We might go on a vacation but nothing set or a place picked.

  27. We love taking drives..it is only 2 hours to the Ocean, so we visit Ocean Shores and Westport a lot

  28. Ugh, I need a vacation so bad!! I am really hoping that we get to go somewhere for spring break!


  29. We don’t have a very long break this spring. We are going to head to the zoo or science museum.

  30. I always loved Spring Break when the kids were younger! It was always so much fun even if we just had a “staycation!”

  31. Being from MT.. anywhere is a vacation. I’m so sick of winter! lol We are building a house this year.. so no vacations this year..

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