The Travel Mom, Emily Kaufmann www.thetravelmom.com is here to offer some advice on planning your next family vacation with a focus on affordability and ease.
Define Your Vacation Experience
Every family has their own unique personality and flavor, so it is important to select a vacation experience that fits for each individual family. "One family I know spends their entire day basking in the sun, devouring books but for my family that would seem like a punishment," Emily says.
Consider exploring the city and sight-seeing, or an educational vacation, maybe you are big sports fans or love getting outdoors and enjoying nature. There is something for everyone.
Keep It Simple
"We are a country of over-doers," The Travel Mom says. "We over plan, over schedule, over pack, and we worry about every little detail. Our kids run from school to soccer to tutors and don't just chill. Vacation is the time for that."
Keep your planning simple, Emily adds. Use one-stop websites to gather info on your destination. Check out sites where you can find places to visit, family friendly restaurants, family activities and much more. For close to home getaways, Emily recommends the Illinois Department of Tourism website www.ENJOYILLINOIS.COM/KIDVENTURES , the Illinois Department of Tourism website
Look for destinations that are stress free because they offer loads of free activities for children, she advises where admission prices for amusement parks and water parks are included in room rates.
All Inclusive Resorts are also a great stress-free family-fun spot because they take all the details and do it for you.
Find Family Freebies
There are SO many places that are doing all that they can to entice you to bring your family to visit, The Travel Mom says.
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You can also find more tips on family travel on The Travel Mom's website www.thetravelmom.com.