Do you have a family vacation on your bucket list?  Planning trips can be both fun and arduous. If you have toddlers or small children it can be especially taxing. Follow these recommendations from the travel experts to ensure your next family vacation is one of positive memories that will last for years to come.

The first step is to determine your budget and dates. If your destination is near enough to drive, by all means avoid flying. While necessary for longer distances, air travel can start any trip out with a stressful overtone. Delayed flights, overcrowded airports and airplanes are enough to put a damper on anyone’s vacation before it even gets started. Have you vehicle serviced and tires checked before heading out on your road trip. When your budget and dates have been identified, research the available accommodations. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and check out the awesome options available from Travelocity. Another increasingly popular option for families is to rent private vacation homes or apartments. This can be substantially more relaxing than staying in small hotel rooms. After a day at the beach, exploring the town or hiking in the mountains, it will be wonderfully relaxing to return to a private home. Family meals will be less stressful than enduring the waits with small children at restaurants.

When packing for travel, include games for the children. Coloring books and fresh crayons are always a welcome diversion over a long road trip. Engage your children, where age appropriate, on selecting activities to enjoy during the car ride. Limit screen time during car rides. Overloading on movies and electronic games will ensure your children arrive cranky at your destination.

Finally, gather beach toys and backyard games to take on the vacation. Your children can be responsible for locating and packing these items. Have them take responsibility for their own clothing and personal items. Best of luck to you on a fun filled family vacation!

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Do you have a family vacation on your bucket list?  Planning trips can be both fun and arduous. If you have toddlers or small children it can be especially taxing. Follow these recommendations from the travel experts to ensure your next family vacation is one of positive memories that...