Everyone has become so preoccupied with homework, deadlines, meetings, exams and all kinds of commitments that when it is time for a family vacation, if it is paid, we throw everything together and hope for the best. We know that the demands of everyday life seldom leave room for us to plan our down-time, let alone have enough time for everything screaming for attention in our day-to-day life.
Here we discuss a few valuable ways you can make your next family vacation unforgettable, and don’t worry, it won’t break the bank:
Print Family T-shirts
Not only do these look super cute when everyone is wearing matching family shirts
but they are thoughtful souvenirs that everyone can keep long after the holiday is over. There are so many different options to choose from considering design and personalization that it will welcome a few laughs, and even better yet would be to have a photographer take a family photo!
Plan the Vacation around an Interest Everyone Shares
This might seem like the hardest thing to do as families’ age groups may vary in their range, catering for absolutely everyone is the biggest challenge. A good example of a holiday destination that could meet the needs of everyone in the family would be the beach as Granny and Grandpa can then enjoy listening to the waves while reading on the beach while the teenagers enjoy surfing lessons.
Although every family is different. Perhaps a beautiful Safari with its spa would suit a newly wedded couple better than a holiday at the beach as they could book spa treatments and enjoy them together.
Avoid Travel Discrepancies
Nothing is more frustrating than checking your family in for a flight, only to find that there is documentation that has been forgotten that the family cannot board the plane without. Travelling can either be a smooth or troublesome experience as far as paperwork is concerned, so we suggest that planning and research are carried out long before the vacation is booked.
Reserve tickets and the rental car well ahead of time and do not be shy to call your travel agent or airline that you have booked with to double-check certain things such as any required vaccinations, visas or traveling weight allowances to avoid any minor setbacks when you are trying to get your family on their way to their vacation destination.
Set Aside enough money for Spontaneous Spending
When we are on holiday, we want to relax and not have to calculate how much money we have left whenever we are spending. A great idea (that does require some trust) is to have dedicated savings account that all family members can actively contribute (no matter how small) their savings toward so that it can be enjoyed later in the year on vacation.
A way to save indirectly would be to allocate a holiday ‘piggy-bank’ were all loose change can be accumulated and used as funding for snacks or even tips for hotel staff for example.