Family Traveling Tips
Some may argue that planning itself diminishes the excitement and sense of anticipation of unexpected pleasures and experiences. I do agree wholeheartedly, but when you are travelling as a family and that too with kids planning eases out a lot of unexpected issues that you may encounter on your trip. In travel also, the old adage of: ‘If you fail to plan, you plan to fail’. holds good. So here goes… some family traveling tips to make your trip perfect and unforgettable, something that you can cherish as a beautiful memory without the sourness of some unexpected and unplanned for contingency.
These are our Top 5 Family Traveling Tips for planning a perfect Holiday/Vacation
1. Plan well in Advance
It pays rich dividends to plan well in advance, we plan our family trips as much as 3 to 6 months in advance. It gets us the best deals for for flights and hotels.
2. Flight Search
Spend adequate time doing your research on everything you would need, before finalizing on your options. To start with look out for the best rates for flights to and from your destinations on the internet. We use Skyscanner a lot to check out not only the most economical flights, but also to see which is the cheapest month to plan our trip based on the airfares. As airfares form a major chunk of the budget, this helps a lot.
3. Look for that perfect Home away from Home
There is nothing like a bad hotel room to put you off on your travels. After all the hectic activities one yearns for a good night’s sleep in a good, comfortable bed. When it comes to booking accommodation, it is all about the best deal and getting value for money. To this end it is our experience that you cannot rely on only one search engine for getting what you want. We depend on a couple of search engines for our research before we zero in on our choice.
b) The traveler reviews it features helps you decide, though a word of caution here, one should not look at just a couple of reviews and decide, because most of the places will have negative as well as positive reviews. The trick is to see if at least more than 90% of the reviews are positive then it is a good bet.
Another very important aspect one needs to focus on before embarking upon your trip is the attractions and activities you would want to include in your itinerary. We again do online research here and short list the must see places and activities for each destination as per our interests, the time we have and of course our Budget. One thing to remember is it may not be possible to cover everything in a given destination, especially if you have a cramped itinerary. We again do a lot of research on the net here, also it is prudent to book tickets in advance for attractions where you anticipate queues. For example, on our trip to Rome, we had booked skip the line tickets to the Vatican Museums which saved us a lot of time. For planning and booking our activities we again use Expedia as well as Isango, and found them good and providing value for money. Lastly, we almost always include a Hop on Hop of Tour of our destination, as this provides us an orientation as well as a good idea of the major attractions.
This article about travel planning tips for family holiday was also published on Huffington Post. Check it out here.