Thinking about your vacation plans for summer 2015? This post should help you to get your plans on paper and get you in the seat of the plane for your next travel destination. The things you should do are: decide where you want to go, get in touch with a travel agency, plan your days for the trip, schedule babysitters if needed.

Deciding Where to Vacation

family vacation planningIt’s always a default for many travelers to go somewhere where you can sip margaritas on a nice relaxing beach while reading a book or doing some scuba diving. But have you considered the many exciting places around Europe to visit? There are tons of good deals on travel right now so all you need to do is get your passport then start dreaming. A vacation of a lifetime and something you can talk about for years might be a tour of Ireland or Scotland. There are castles, extraordinary nightlife outings, golfing, fishing and a ton of other things to do. Or perhaps you’d like to see the ancient ruins of Italy like the pantheon or the coliseum. Walking into St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the greatest memories I have of traveling abroad. And guess what? Not a single margarita to speak of!

The right travel agency

Once you’ve decided where to go, then it’s time to start looking at some all inclusive packages, which include everything from airfare to meals to hotel stay. These kinds of packages take the guesswork and worry out of traveling abroad, especially to a country where you don’t speak the native language. Once you have arranged some travel dates, look at the kid’s school calendar to be sure there are not any conflicts – of course that’s if you’re planning on bringing the whole family… A travel agency is a great way to go because they often are able to negotiate great deals on airline tickets and hotels that you might not be able to get on your own. Sometimes you could find screaming deals if you’re willing to sit through a “time share” presentation and get five nights at a five star hotel for a few hundred dollars.

Planning your days while on vacation

Most places that are touristy have a ton of unique outings. A great idea is to hire a tour guide who knows the coolest things to do while there. If you are at all in to venturing out for an adventure, then checkout all the attractions in the local area. There are usually tours of historic monuments, diving with dolphins, fishing, chauffeur tours, and all kinds of amazing adventures that await.

So don’t put of planning and start budgeting for your travel plans this summer. Surprise the family with a great getaway that won’t leave you broke or paying off credit cards for months when you budget it correctly. You’ll build memories that will last a lifetime and you’ll make the world a little smaller of a place.

For, have a great travel year!

Did you know that vacationing or “traveling” for Americans is lower than it has been in 40 years? This struck me as extremely saddening as I grew up traveling to many different parts of the country to visit relatives, vacation at lakes, and just enjoy a few weeks per year in another location where the every day cares were far away. Thinking back on my years growing up, it was the traveling that I really remember the most because it was something that was out of the norm and we created memories as a family.

Fast forward to today and I sit in my office thinking about the distant memories of childhood traveling and what I was going to give to my children as a travel legacy. Mexico? Europe / Ireland? Other states in the US? Every parent wants to be the very best parent and this to me means more than a yearly visit to Disnyland.


Where do We Americans Travel? Cuba

Travel and tourism research manager at Euromonitor International, Michelle Grant, says that most Americans who travel internationally go to Mexico (first place) then Canada. I can say with a great deal of conviction that traveling to Mexico is probably my favorite for many reasons, including the fact that I honeymooned there. But I would like to bring the family to Euorpe, particularly Italy and Ireland. The kids are half Mexican and half Irish / Italian / German mix. So connecting with their roots in a esoteric sense would be great for them and surely create a good memory. But with the eased restrictions on travel to Cuba, it is going to be very exciting to see what people fancy when visiting there. As a matter of fact, this year, Cuba is expected to top Paris for a destination among American travelers.

With this said, do you ever plan on visiting Cuba? What are your favorite destination memories from when you were a child?

The more you travel, the smaller the world becomes! We’re excited to bring you some of the lesser-known travel destinations and a few of the greats as well.

There are plenty of ways to maximize your vacation when traveling abroad or domestically. We’ll be adding tons of content soon! Thanks for stopping by~