Mommy's Favorite Things: Where Will your Family go for a Summer Vacation?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Where Will your Family go for a Summer Vacation?

When summertime arrives, many families are out and about. They can’t wait to leave the school year behind them, along with getting a little break from the daily work cycle.

With that in mind, where will your family’s summer plans take you?

Whether you are planning a nice week or two away from the daily grind or a few day trips, make them count. Remember, summer goes by at the blink of an eye, so you want to make every moment count.

That said there are likely plenty of options on the table for you, so if you have not already, get planning today.

Make the Most of Summer

So that you and your family make the most of your summer travel experiences, keep a few tips in mind:

1. Booking

Above all else, make sure you book your trip/s with time to spare. Especially if you're going to Europe. So if you're planning an Italy tour, for an example, Make note that hotels and attractions tend to fill up over the summertime, so don’t get caught short.

For instance, if you are planning on a visit to Southern California, summer is one of the busiest times of the year.

Many living in Arizona and Nevada like to escape the heat and head for cooler weather.

As such, areas like San Diego and Los Angeles can get quite crowded with tourists. When this happens, hotels and attractions tend to fill up. By making hotel and other reservations early, you’re almost assured to get what you want.

Another tip is to look at a variety of sites to book your hotels, rental cars and airlines.

While you can deal direct with those businesses, you may find specials via travel sites.

Spending some extra time surfing the Internet can pay dividends.

2. Specials

Depending on when and where you travel, be sure to look out for deals at different attractions.

Countless attractions offer deals for members of the military, senior citizens, and kids.

Whether Universal Hollywood tickets, the San Diego Zoo or Disneyland; look for deals.

Also consider going to your choice destination on less crowded days of the week. In some cases, the venue will lower the price of admission a few dollars, knowing it is not one of their busiest days.

3. Kids

As a parent, you know all too well how distracted your children can get at times.

While their motors may be going a mile a minute, they can lose their focus. As such, you might find them not enjoying all there is to see and do. Be sure to plan things out so both they and you don’t over extend yourselves. The last thing a family vacation or even day trip needs is cranky children and even crankier parents.

What if all your kids want to do are the rides, while you’re more interested in taking in the scenery?

Come up with a plan where both parties get what they want.

You can save the rides for a little later in the day, with the notion that the kids have to do some sightseeing first. In most cases, your younger ones will cooperate. This will also spare you having some tired kids to take around to the things you want to see.

In the event your summer vacation is sticking closer to home, this doesn’t mean you can’t get away for a night or two.

As an example, an Orange County (Calif.) family can still do Disneyland or Universal Hollywood for an overnight or weekend. By getting out of the house for more than a day, you get a break from the daily routine. In most cases, the kids will find it cool too that they get to sleep somewhere else for a night or two.

No matter where summer vacation travel will take you, come back with some great memories.