I LOVE LOVE LOVE planning vacations. It combines so many things that I enjoy – administrative tasks, research, and of course planning. Here are my tips for planning the right vacation for a family with young kids. After you read my tips, make sure you leave a comment letting me know how you plan your family vacations!
Location, Location, Location – The first thing I do is pick a few areas of interest, then research the attractions in that area. How many free and inexpensive family-friendly activities can I find? Some key attractions I look for are beaches, zoos, museums, and historical sites. You don’t want to get there and find that the location offers mostly shopping and restaurants. Those are both good to have, but you’ll want to have fun doing things that both kids and adults can enjoy. One area I’ve seen recently that I would be interested in visiting is Florida’s Emerald Coast. I’ve been to Florida a ton of times, but never to this location. They have beautiful beaches, museums, a zoo, and of course miniature golf!
Distance From Home – First decide how many nights you can afford to stay. If it’s 1-2 nights, I like to go somewhere within a few hours of home. If it’s 3+ nights, I’m good going to a location within about 6 hours of where we live.
Costs – What is the average hotel cost? How much do the activities cost? You’ll want to make sure that the location isn’t too pricey for your budget.
Food – If you want to go out to eat, make sure you research restaurants ahead of time. Do they have food on the menu that your kids would like? How expensive is the restaurant? How far are the restaurants from your hotel?
Transportation – Will you be driving to all of the attractions once you are at your destination? If so, do your accommodations and the attractions charge for parking? Or is there good public transportation like a train? If places charge for parking, having a train to ride may be a cheaper alternative than driving everywhere.
Do Your Research – Make sure you research everything before making a decision! Check reviews and find out what other people have said about each place you are looking at.
Property Amenities – We typically only stay in places that have both a microwave and mini fridge in the room. Eating out can be expensive, plus I have tons of food allergies, so I bring a lot of food for my family. Free WiFi is also an amenity I look for, along with free parking. And, if we can find it in our price range, multiple bedrooms or a pull-out couch for our son. A few years back my son and I went to the beach for a week with my mom. We stayed in a vacation rental property. It was so nice having things like a kitchen, multiple bedrooms, and a washer/dryer right there with us.
With July being National Vacation Rental Month and since I like planning vacations so much, I casually researched vacation rentals. One rental company that looks great is Wyndham Vacation Rentals. They have something called a Vacation Rental Bill of Rights®, which is what makes them stand out above other rental companies. You can book a private home, a resort condo, a cabin in the mountains, or villa on the beach. knowing that they have this service pledge ensuring quality standards (vetted rentals with accurate images), comprehensive customer service, and real-time payment and bookings. I hate staying at a place that looks totally different than the obviously staged photos found online.
Like I mentioned above, I really love that rental properties offer so many amenities, and Wyndham properties are no different. They offer amenities such as housekeeping, Wi-Fi, shuttle services, a concierge desk, fully-equipped kitchens, washer/dryers units, and multiple bedrooms.
In the U.S., Wyndham Vacation Rentals’ properties are located in destinations such as Florida, South Carolina, Delaware and Alabama’s Gulf Coast, Colorado, Utah, Tennessee and Idaho. Right now they are offering summer deals at up to 35 percent off nightly rates on bookings made throughout July at www.WyndhamVacationRentals.com.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.