Tips for Great Family Vacations

Are you ready to pack up the car and head to the beach with your family?  Having the opportunity to spend a week relaxing and building memories with your family is a gift.  Plan to make this year’s vacation especially memorable.  With a little extra planning, you can be assured that everyone will arrive excited and depart feeling relaxed and ready to return next. Follow these recommendations from the travel experts to ensure your next family vacation is a huge success.

The first step is to identify your dates and budget. If you’ve been staying in hotel rooms at the beach, consider the ever increasingly popular option of renting a private home directly from the owner. There are a multitude of websites that specialize in private home rentals, and one of them more than likely has listing for your destination. Select a website that has a multitude of listings. Most of the listings will showcase several pictures and list amenities. Be sure to ascertain the room count, size, bedroom configuration and number of baths.  The location and rental rates should also be listed. Once you’ve honed in on several properties, read the reviews. Vacationers tend to be very honest with both negative and positive reviews. Before sending any deposits or payments to the owner, be sure to either speak with them on the phone, or exchange emails. Unfortunately, no industry is immune to scammers.  Confirm the check-in procure, housekeeping expectations and location of the property. Online mapping software isn’t infallible! If the listing references a grill and you intend to use it, find out whether it is charcoal or gas.  You’ll be glad you did once you’re ready to through on a stack of burgers!

Finally, it’s time to start the planning process and lists for packing. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and stock up on bathing suits from the terrific selection available at Aerie. Beach chairs, beach bags, coolers and an umbrella are all must have for a family vacation at the beach. Spring for inflatable corn hole board and everyone will be sure to have loads of fun!