Thorough travel planning is an important part of any successful holiday. There are a number of different aspects to the planning process.
From picking a destination, determining what you will do, through to ensuring you pack everything you need.
Travel planning usually starts by one of two ways.
Either you start a holiday savings plan and work on money management, despite the fact that you don’t know where you will go.
Or you will pick a destination and a time you wish to travel and start planning toward that goal.
Family Travel Made Easy recommend you following our step by step guide when planning your next holiday:
Pick a Vacation Destination.
First, involve the family, ask everyone where they would like to go on holiday or what they would like to do.
Then after reviewing the suggestions of everyone in the family, choose what type of holiday you want to take.
Getting the kids involved is the first step towards kid friendly vacations.
Do you want to visit the theme parks? Do you want to lay by the beach on a summer holiday? Do you want to visit a city you have not been to before and visit all the tourist attractions? Or is camping more your style?
Keeping all this in mind when you pick your destination you may want to consider what you will do when you reach your destination. Again ask everyone in the family to list a couple of recommendations. What do they want to do on their holiday?
That way everyone feels like they have had some input into the holiday, and the holiday caters for everyone's needs. This is especially important when considering vacations with teenagers. E.g. younger kids will need ‘in between activities', things that will keep them amused when the rest of the family want some down time. All this needs to be considered.
Next you need to decide when you will go on your holiday. There are a number of things that will influence this decision.
Firstly, the weather, if you want to go to the beach, clearly you will need to go when it is summer. This also aligns with peak season and non peak season. Depending on what is more important to you, you may choose to travel during peak season.
This may be because you want to get the most out of your holiday and peak season will generally be when the conditions are best.
However if you are looking for a budget holiday, you may be willing to compromise on conditions and choose to travel off peak.
Whichever way you look at it be flexible, sometimes you'll find that if you are prepared to take a flight a day earlier or a day later than planned, you can pick up discounted fares that might not have been available on your preferred date.
All this will impact your final decision.
Travel planning also includes having a plan for saving and budgeting - start one today if you haven’t already.
In order to be able to save enough for a travel vacation, you need to estimate the costs reasonably accurately.
Once you choose a destination and the things you want to do, take the time to sit down and write out your expenses and work out your vacation savings plan.
If you have ample funds for your getaway, you will have a much more enjoyable holiday.
Determine what you will need to pack and what luggage each family member will need as a result
Once you decide where you want to go you will need to consider how will you get there? Will you fly, or take the car? There are other means of transport too, such as train, bus or even boat.
Consider transportation for the whole trip. Is flying going to be the most economical option? If so what about airport parking What about when you reach your destination, will you need a car? In that case is flying still you most economical option, or would driving be a better choice?
Once you make your decision, take the necessary steps to ensure all required bookings are made. If you are travelling by car, use an online map to plan your trip prior to leaving, ensuring you know where you are going and how long it will take you to get there.
When booking accommodation consider what type of accommodation will best suit your family’s needs.
There are many things to consider when deciding where will we stay. How many people are you catering for?
Do you need a kitchen or will you be dining out all the time?
Do you want a holiday that will not only provide accommodation for you but will provide all meals inclusive?
For more information on accommodation check out Ciao Bambino.
Are you planning on traveling locally? Or are you planning an overseas holiday?
Traveling locally is quite simple, pretty much all the laws and regulations are the same.
Weather conditions don't vary too much either, you'll always remain in the same season.
However, if you are planning on travelling overseas there are a few more things you will need to consider when planning your trip.
Check out our Tips for Travelling Overseas prior to booking your holiday. It's important you know what to expect and what is expected of you, before entering another country.
Finally, when travel planning for your next family holiday, one of the most important things to consider is your kids well being. Visit our Health and Safety section (coming soon) for information on vaccinations and medications.
Why not visit the Organized Family Website for more Family Vacation Planning ideas.
There are so many things to consider when travel planning, but thinking about them now will help ensure a fun time is had by all.