A telltale sign that spring is here, is when the days get longer and the flowers begin to bloom. One of the most exciting times of spring is getting ready for spring break vacation. Traveling with your children, especially younger ones can be challenging – so we wanted to share a few tips sure to make your travel plans go a little smoother this year. With Spring Break right around the corner these tips will help make your spring break vacation one to remember.
1. Do your research.
Already have an idea about where you would like to take the family for spring break? That’s great, but make sure you do your research on the destination beforehand. Some locations are well known for being party spots while others are more family friendly. Be sure that you book your location based on what will work best for your family. You could also consult with a Travel Professional to help you plan your vacation. They are knowledgeable about various destinations and can suggestion locations that offer the type of unique atmosphere that meets your family’s needs.
2. Make reservations early.
Spring break is one of the most popular travel times of the year and no matter the location you are planning on visiting, it will most likely be busy. Make sure to not only book your airfare a great deal ahead of time but also your hotel accommodations and rental car if your need one. Also look into pre booking any activities you are interested in so you can plan an itinerary and make sure you are able fit in something for everyone.
3. Make safety your first priority.
Before you head off to your destination, make sure that your home is safe and secure. Let a close friend, family member, or neighbors know your dates of travel and that they have your phone number in case of any emergencies. While you are on your vacation it’s important to remember that such a popular travel time can also put you at a greater risk for travel scams. Make sure to shy away from wearing flashy clothing and jewelry and always leave your valuables locked away safely in your hotel room. Carry a back pack or small purse that is easily secured across your chest.
4. Incorporate education into your vacation.
If you are traveling with children, spring break can be a great way to find educational activities that are also fun. Before you leave, research where the best parks, museums, tours, libraries, and zoos are so that you can incorporate learning and having fun.
5. Prepare for the weather.
Before you leave make sure to check out what the weather is expected to be at the location you are headed to. If traveling to a tropical location be sure to pack lightweight clothing, sunglasses, and lots of sunscreen. Include appropriate footwear in your luggage that is comfortable for all activities that you have planned. Also remember that even if you are going to a location that is hot, to pack pants and a sweatshirt or jacket for when the nights are cooler.
6. Invest in travel protection.
Purchasing a travel protection plan can help take the stress out of your trip, just by knowing you have coverage for your family if any unexpected travel disruptions do in fact happen along the way.
What family spring break tips do you have? We’d love to hear them!