How to Plan the Perfect Family Vacation this Summer

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By Lisa Dingman


Choosing a great summer vacation can be challenging, particularly if you have a spouse who has hobbies and interests different from you or if you have children. In fact, it is even more difficult choosing a great summer vacation the more children you have and the greater the difference in ages.

When thinking about planning your next family summer vacation, trying to meld all of the age groups and personalities can be difficult. For instance, there are a large number of family summer vacation activities that are only suitable for children of a certain age which may not be what your older kids had in mind. Also, be careful of picking a low-cost vacation destination with little to do or one that is certain to supply you and your spouse with enjoyment, but offers nothing for your children. The key is to find a good balance between what your kids want and what you and your spouse want out of the trip.

Organizing a great family summer vacation around your kids and partner may seem difficult, however, here are some ways that can help make your family summer vacation awesome.

First, decide what type of family summer vacation you and your family want. Would you like an adventure vacation or perhaps a fun time play vacation? Maybe you want to take a road trip or perhaps do nothing but relax. Try to have these discussions as a family so the kids can be involved and get excited about where they’re going.

Once you have decided which type of vacation you want to take, you can start selecting a destination. When selecting a destination, it is also important to keep in mind the destination’s ability to accommodate children. For instance, if you are interested in taking a beach vacation, many families elect to stay away from the South Beach area of Miami because it is known for its nightlife which many families find unsuitable for their needs. Having a travel agent can help here. A travel agent can help you find what you are looking for especially if you are unfamiliar with the area of the destination that you are looking into. Also, be sure to read online reviews about the area, hotel room, etc. that you plan on visiting.

Fun Time Vacation

If you are looking for a “Fun Time” vacation destination that specifically targets families, you might wish to examine vacationing at an amusement park. Amusement parks are well-known for being “family friendly”. Almost all amusement parks offer a wide range of rides and attractions intended for individuals of all ages. In addition to targeting adults and teenagers, many amusement parks offer rides and attractions for infants and toddlers. There is usually something for everyone. A few amusement parks have actually become resorts and offer more than just the park itself. Dinning, shopping and entertainment are a common part of the resort experience.

Outdoor Adventure

Many families decide to take an outdoor adventure, choosing a federal campground or state park for their great family summer vacation destination. Camping is often a popular outdoor activity and enjoyed by everyone. Children of all ages enjoy camping near a lake, pond, stream, or even in the woods. Many campgrounds offer activities for their guest which include fishing, boating, and outdoor sports. There are several ways to enjoy camping too. The most popular choice for people is a tent. However, campers and trailers are definitely fantastic options as well. Motor homes are often another choice for campers. Motor homes are great for people who like to travel and camp often or for people who like the comforts of home. Of course, one of the best ways to pamper yourself and have the camping experience is by renting a cabin. This can not only be super fun for the whole family but it could also be very affordable. (Plus, there’s the advantage of indoor plumbing.)

Road Trip

Road trip vacations can also be a blast! When you are taking a road trip vacation you have the opportunity to see and do a lot of different things. Stay a day here then stay a day there gives you the opportunity to visit an amusement park and a campground all in one great family summer vacation. Road trip vacations are particularly fun when they are taken in a motor home. With your hotel on wheels, you just pull into your destination and relax. Give your kids a chance to see the country, and try to let the kids each pick somewhere they want to visit on the trip.

Relaxation Station

Totally relaxing vacations are sometimes the best. With these vacations you are not spending time hiking around the forest, standing in lines for a ride or sitting in a car going from place to place. Relaxing vacations give you the opportunity to spend time with your kids, talking, playing and getting to know them. It is a vacation where you rest your mind body and soul. Relaxing vacations are usually spent in a hotel, on the beach, by the pool, with room service and perhaps even a massage. Relaxing vacations can be unforgettable if you know where to go. A travel agent can help you decide where the most relaxing destinations are that also provide safe activities for your kids while you and your spouse maybe take a trip to the spa.


With a small amount of research, it is more than possible to plan the family summer vacation of your dreams.



Online editor for Hers magazine.

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