20th March 2018

Planning the Ultimate Family Vacation

There’s a reason why any plans for a family vacation are made well, well in advance and that reason is that it is indeed quite the task. It’s an exciting prospect, yes, but it is also a colossal task to say the very least. Things could pop up between now and the departure date, but as with anything in life which forms part of your plans, the sooner you finalise your plans the better.

Book very early

This is perhaps an iteration of what I said in the introductory text, but that’s only because of how important booking early is. The biggest advantage you can get from making early bookings is the price factor. The earlier you book, generally you get a price that can even be available to you at a fraction of what the accommodation and airfare would cost if you rather booked closer to the departure date. This applies even in the case that your targeted departure date falls within the characteristic peak season.

Take your time before finalising your booking

No, this is not a paradox which goes against what I just said about booking early. You should book early but take your time before actually completing the booking. This is important especially in the case of using online booking platforms to search for accommodation and flight tickets. On a site like Booking.com for example, every Friday is somewhat of a “hidden deals” day while on a site like BudgetAir.com if you book well in advance or quite contrastingly a few days before departure, but you search for your tickets between midnight and 4 a.m., you’ll get a much cheaper rate on any flight tickets.

So perhaps let a week go by and on each day check how the prices you’re quoted fluctuate, because they tend to do so on online booking platforms.

Let everybody know of the date

This is just an organisational element of the planning of your trip and simply entails letting all your family members know of the date on which you plan to travel. This is just so that nobody can come up with any excuses of not being able to go as a result of something popping up. If they all want to come along they’ll have ample time to try and sway the dates a bit should there already be something lined up on those dates in their schedule.

Ask for family discounts

Wherever it is you’re booking, always ask if there’s some kind of family discount. There usually is a family discount which isn’t usually readily advertised so just make the inquiry and you might just walk away with a sweet deal.

Try to match the comforts of home

The key to enjoying a family getaway is to try and match all the comforts of home as a bare minimum, unless of course you’re going camping or something like that. This sets up a nice base from which to build and enjoy the local environment and all which it has to offer at the destination.

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