Don't Carpool With the Griswolds: And Other Tips For Worry Free Vacations

Worry Free Vacations are not hard!

There's nothing like a pleasant vacation to relieve stress and bring families closer together.

As with any activity, however, a little planning is necessary to ensure that everyone is safe and has a great time. So here are some tips on making sure your trip turns out to be as pleasant and relaxing as possible.

But Don't Over-Plan

Anything can be carried too far, even planning. A vacation should have some spontaneity and adventure to it, and nothing kills those things like being forced into a rigid schedule.

So allow yourself some flexibility, in case you want to eat at a new restaurant, visit a different site, or try an activity you've never enjoyed before.

A good idea is to find a destination that has plenty of things for each family member to enjoy, check ahead of time to make sure everything will be open, and then choose specific things to do once you arrive. This is a great way to add flexibility to your planning.

Travel Safely

Exercising some basic, common-sense precautions will prevent worry and keep everyone's spirits up. Here are some specifics:

  • Carry a limited amount of cash; use credit/debit cards or even good old-fashioned traveler's checks as much as possible.
  • Wallets should be kept in front pockets if possible, to discourage pickpockets.
  • Use a good Identity theft prevention security service, such as LifeLock.
  • Keep jewelry and other valuables in the hotel safe when possible.
  • Keep an eye on your kids, and make sure everyone has a cell phone or walkie-talkie for communications.

Reality Travel ( has more great tips.

For Worry Free Vacations, Plan Ahead

This might seem so incredibly obvious that no one would neglect it. Yet it's amazing how many excursions go bad because of matters that were not considered, like where to stay, where to eat, and what to do once you reach your destination.

Sure, your favorite hotel usually has vacancies – until the day you arrive. Then you find out that an accountant's convention is in town, and every hotel within 50 miles is booked.

So check things out ahead of time. Make reservations early. And make sure that lodging will be available and attractions will be open.

A few minutes of precaution can prevent things from going wrong later.

Get Comfortable for Worry Free Vacations

Allow Yourself Comfort

Ever hear the saying "getting there is half the fun?" It's true. Nothing starts a vacation off on the wrong foot like arriving at your destination with sore muscles after a long ride in a cramped vehicle.

So, if you're going to be driving for more than four hours, take the most comfortable vehicle you can afford, even if you must rent one.

Also, a lot of people love to travel by Amtrak. Seating is spacious and there are dining cars, restrooms, and lounge cars to enjoy. Visit their web site to learn more about their routes and ticket costs. A train trip can almost be a vacation by itself.

Work While You Travel

One of the great things about living in the Internet Age is that virtually everything can be checked out, before you spend your hard-earned money on it.

That's true not only of cars and appliances, but also of hotels, restaurants, attractions, amusement parks, museums, and even vehicle rental agencies. So see what others have to say about these things before you decide on them.

Many sites post reviews of theme parks and roller coasters, and there are others that have reviews of particular destinations. Taking advantage of these resources can ensure that you and your family have a great time, with no unpleasant surprises.

Have Fun!

Worry free vacations are all about unwinding, enjoying new experiences, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. So leave your worries at home and be ready to have a blast, no matter where you go or what you do.

To learn about more fun ways you can make your trip safe and protect yourself and your family from identity theft, visit LifeLock's Facebook page, they post daily tips on how you and your family can remain safe whether your on the road, in the air or at home.

Author: Eric Flores

Eric is a freelance writer who writes about a variety of subjects including movies, entertainment and travel.

He misses the days when his dad was an airline pilot and he flew for free.

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