This is the very beginning of our step by step guide to planning an epic family vacation.
Probably the MOST epic ever, thank you very much. We want to make sure you all have an amazing time!
Planning our family’s vacation is most definitely one of the high points of conversation around our dinner table, and I hope it is around yours as well.
If you’re new here, my kids are the Bigs (ages 15 and 18), and the Littles (ages 7 and 9). I love seeing the excitement in their eyes as we discuss places we want to go and some of the things we’d like to do there.
Planning trips with these age ranges can be a little challenging. Oh please. Planning ANYDAMNTHING with kids of any age can be challenging, who I am kidding with that?! I know you mamas out there hear me!
Important points to consider when planning a family vacation:
-Where you are going
-How you plan to get there
-What time of year you’ll be traveling
-Why you are going
-How you’re paying for it
-What to do when you’re there
Where are you going on your vacation?
First of all- are you going to the mountains to enjoy seeing the leaves becoming unbelievably beautiful and changing colors in the fall, or are you going to the mountains to ski, snowboard, and build snowmen? Will it be either a slower paced, relaxed beach trip or are you guys wanting to visit a brand new city and explore until your feet fall off? Will you be staying semi-local or going as far away as possible? There are so many amazing places to visit that it really can be hard to choose. By all means, involve the kids in your planning but remember the ultimate decision is made by you; after all, it’s your wallet!
What mode of transportation?
Driving or flying… either way, this is definitely one of the biggest factors to consider from all angles, especially concerning cost and convenience.
If it’s a more local trip, obviously, there’s no need to deal with the hassle of airport security; checking bags; renting cars; or maybe someone whining that they’re thirsty right after you’ve thrown the water bottle away. Possibly some major side eye at a certain 7 year old here, don’t judge.
However, driving brings its own set of I-want-to-pull-my-hair-out moments. Usually, 15 minutes after pulling out of the driveway begins the choruses of “are we there yet?” which is why it’s pretty important to bring lots of
wine things for the kids to do in the car.
Also, scheduling stops if the drive is a longer one is probably the best thing ever. When we went to Pigeon Forge a few years ago, we spent the night a little way outside of Atlanta both on the way there and on the way back to break the 10+ hour drive up into two parts. Yes, it made the trip a little more expensive but overall it was worth it… rather than showing back up at home crazier than when I left.
We hope that you found the beginning of our guide to planning a family vacation helpful.
Did we miss anything? Comment below- we would absolutely love to hear your thoughts.
For post 2, Deciding Where to Go on Vacation: Planning a Family Vacation, click here!
Safe travels! xo