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Family Spring Break Do’s and Don’ts

Holly Johnson, writer for Travel Pulse, offers some tips for planning your family Spring Break vacation.

DO:
Johnson suggests considering multiple destinations. For the budget minded, consider staying some wear near the center point of your activities if staying directly at the destination will stretch your budget. Depending on travel dates, considering multiple destinations could make a big difference in cost.

Johnson notes that while it may seem impossible, try to craft a vacation the whole family will love. While many parents might view this as an act of futility, it is possible. Neutral trips that offer a lot of variation in actives might include beach trips, resorts and cruises.
In the same light, she notes it is important to let everyone’s voice be heard, even younger children. Let everyone pick at least one of the activities. This will add variety and keep the peace, while letting you all have lots of new experiences together.

Consider an all-inclusive option as they can save you a lot of money. Johnson writes, “All-inclusive resorts offer a good option for families since they include meals, drinks (and alcohol), and most entertainment options in your nightly rate. Cruises are a good option, too. They don’t always include alcohol, but they do include your cabin fare, food, and most entertainment options in your cruise fare. Some cruise lines, like MSC cruises, even let kids under 12 cruise for free.”

DON’T:
On planning Johnson has several thoughts. The stress of planning a trip piled on top of day-to-day concerns might encourage some to consider repeating familiar trips that seem “easy” or fit the budget—even when the trip was only “so-so”. Don’t make the mistake of re-planning a trip for these reasons. With all the online travel research tools and price-comparison tools you don’t need a travel agent to find great deals at new and interesting destinations.

As for shopping around Johnson writes, “No matter what you do, you should plan on checking at least 3-5 travel websites before you book any trip. Not only do prices vary on various travel sites, but you could earn special benefits, too. Websites like CheapCaribbean.com, Expedia.com, and Priceline.com are great for shopping Spring break packages that include both airfare and your hotel. You should always check with the vendor (airline or hotel) to see if you can get a better deal (or special perks like free breakfast) by booking directly.”

Johnson also suggests not forgetting about Air BNB or renting condos as sharing a single room with the whole family can be frustrating and subtract from your relaxation. These options can often be cheaper and offer options for eating some easier, less expensive meals at home. Why spend loads of money on a quick lunch when you can save and have a fantastic dinner?

Finally, Johnson warns of making the classic mistake of trying to pack in too many activities. Filling everyday with morning to night activities is bound to leave at least a few members of the family upset. For the daring, you might plan a “do-nothing” trip with no pre-planned activities.

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Spring break travel

It is that time of year when many Americans will take part in the long standing tradition of Spring Break. This means traveling to warm, sunny destinations. Anyone who has done any traveling knows that both the journey and the destination can have its ups and downs. Jody Victor‘s crew came up with a few ideas and tips to try to make things as safe and fun as possible.

If traveling cross country by car, as many young adults and college students will, remember that traffic laws vary state to state. Be aware of things like changing maximum speed limit signs and whether or not things like u-turns and turning right on red are legal. Check with a highway travel center employee if there are an unusual traffic laws you should know about. Ideally, while on a trip by car several experienced drivers should be available to help spread to help reduce stress and fatigue.

Try not to use ATMs alone or at night if you can help it and don’t carry large amounts of cash or unnecessary credit cards or identification cards such as social security cards or work ID. Many hotels offer safes in the room or the front desk may offer some kind of safe storage option. It never hurts to ask. Temperature permitting, leaving expensive electronics like laptops and tablets in your trunk, do remember that extreme temperatures can damage electronics.

Beware of public networks if accessing personal private information with your mobile devices. If you use a business center desktop, make sure to log out of any sites you may have logged into and clear the browser cache before you leave.

When choosing a room try to stay above the first few floors as ground level windows make access to your room easier. Making sure everyone has a room key is important as well. If a room card is lost have them replaced immediately.

Research your destination ahead of time. Watch weather reports for the area and pack accordingly. While on vacation protect yourself from extreme temperatures and extreme weather conditions. When weather makes outdoor activities potentially dangerous think before you take a risk. Is that snorkeling trip really worth it on this windy day?

Make sure to leave yourself plenty of time to drive home safely, you will have had such fantastic time you may feel particularly tired on your journey home.