Vacation can be a very pleasant occasion for your family. It's an ideal time for recharging your batteries. You’ll come back to work feeling rested and ready to take on the world.

A vacation can give you an opportunity to spend quality time with your children while also letting them discover a new part of the world.

However, it requires good planning. If you’re not sure how to plan your vacation, this guide is for you! The process of planning a vacation can be enjoyable and pleasant for all the family.

Where to start?

  • Choose the place you’d like to visit and establish a definite goal destination. Buy a guidebook.

  • Read about interesting places in the area you’re planning to visit.

  • Do online research with your kids.

  • Become familiar with all of the family activities and attractions available in the area you’ll be visiting.

  • Choose the top places you’d like to go.

  • Make sure the whole family is involved in planning so that everybody gets excited about the upcoming trip!  

  • If your kids participate in planning their own leisure activities,  they won’t give you hard times during the vacation.

  • What kind of activities do the members of your family enjoy doing? Is it hiking together, swimming, or visiting new places and trying new cuisine?

  • Writing down some of them on your list or in an online organizer will help you narrow down the number of potential places to discover.

  • If this is a different country, read about its culture and history. It will help you become more knowledgeable and possibly avoid any unpleasant or unexpected situations.

Set a budget.

Family vacations can be expensive so it will be cheaper if you set a budget.

You might want to consider the following:

  • Transportation

  • Accommodation

  • Food

  • Entertainment

Transportation. If you’re flying overseas and changing continents, you’re looking at the airfare. If you’re going a shorter distance, it’s worth considering other forms of transportation that saves you some cash and works the best. Reserve a rental car ahead of time at your final destination to help you stick to your own agenda and budget but be sure you find the best deal available.

Food Find out if your hotel includes meals and how many a day. What if you prefer breakfast at the hotel but lunch at other places? How about eating out all day long or skipping meals?

Find out the cost of a meal at a cafe or a local restaurant. Plan the number of meals you’ll be having eating out.

Accommodation. Look around and compare prices at different hotels. You can also find rental homes and condos on websites. Check the reviews for your accommodations online.

Does the hotel appear to be clean and safe? You might also consider booking an all-inclusive resort.

Entertainment. Look into buying theater tickets, theme park passes, or tickets for sightseeing tours ahead of time. Get your kids' input about their preferences too.

Think about it when planning some entertainment.

  • What kind of activities do the members of your family enjoy doing?

  • Do they prefer hiking together, swimming, or visiting new places?

While planning a budget, we advise you to use these suggestions. It’s not about saving every cent but trying to be frugal and use your paycheck to the fullest.

You can enjoy your vacation and be financially responsible at the same time. Budgeting and tracking your spendings may take some practice. However, it’s always an advantage to return home with some extra cash after a vacation.

Keep your documents organized

Keep the following the necessary documents in one place: 

  • tickets;

  • IDs, passports and their copies;

  • maps;

  • hotel and/or other reservations;

  • pamphlets for sightseeing;

  • a list of potential restaurants;

  • emergency phone numbers

You can use an online planner or a life organizer. It would be perfect to keep all your documents organized in the electronic version in just one place.

Be flexible to any changes

No matter how well thought-through your itinerary is, it’s important to be flexible to any changes.  

Keep an open mind and be prepared for all kinds of surprises and unexpected situations. If your children become irritated or cranky, don't force them to do an activity simply because it was on the agenda. The point is to enjoy your vacation and go back home fully rested, not stressed out.

If your circumstances change, be ready to shift gears by having alternate activities you can enjoy instead. For example, if it’s raining you can go to the museum instead of the beach. Stay positive and enjoy your vacation to the fullest despite any the circumstances.

Plan some quality time as a couple. If you would like to enjoy a nice dinner out with your spouse, many hotels offer babysitting services that you can use for your date night. Make sure to use the opportunity to enjoy a date or two with your significant other. After all, that’s what the vacation is for!