Planning the Perfect Family Vacation

With my family’s annual family holiday to Europe coming up in less than 2 weeks, I thought now might be a wonderful time to write about how to plan the perfect vacation.

Cannot wait to be back in Dubrovnik Croatia soon

Cannot wait to be back in Dubrovnik Croatia soon

Family vacations can be full of excitement and adventure; however they can also be rather stressful if you do not plan adequately beforehand. This means carefully considering a number of important aspects regarding your trip before taking the plunge. It is worth remembering that, regardless of your children’s ages, organising a family vacation that will keep everyone happy is indeed possible by following a few simple rules. With this in mind, here is my guide to help you and your family plan the perfect vacation.

Decide on a Budget
When planning a family vacation deciding upon a budget is a great way to start. This will enable you to be realistic when it comes to choosing a destination and hotel. If you travel on a tight budget, consider staying in your own country and visiting local attractions. Alternatively, if you decide to go abroad, be careful not to exaggerate as you will need to take the cost of flights and activities into consideration.

Choose a Destination
Choosing a vacation destination that will please everyone is not always easy. Talk to your children and make sure that the destination that you choose boasts activities and attractions that will keep them busy and entertained. Avoid extremely hot or cold destinations when travelling with young children as this can lead to complications.


Running on the Beach with Miles Storm in Antigua

Book the Right Accommodation
When planning a family vacation you should always take care to book family friendly accommodation. If you are hoping to visit a busy city like Paris, it is always a good idea to have a look at hotel reviews left by families on online hotel booking sites like Be sure to research hotel options and their facilities in order to make the right choice for you and your family.

Healthy and wholesome food is a requirement for my family

Healthy and wholesome food is a requirement for my family

Research Attractions and Activities
Once you are all booked up and ready for departure, take a look at some of the most interesting and child-friendly attractions in the area that you will be visiting. By planning an itinerary, even roughly speaking, you will be able to ensure that you include something for everyone, thus leading to a relatively stress-free vacation.


Miles Storm meeting a kangaroo for the first time in Australia

Be Prepared
Although you cannot prepare for all eventualities, making a check-list of everything that you will need in the run up to your vacation is always an excellent idea. By doing so, you will be able to depart knowing that you have the situation under control and with the positive and relaxed attitude necessary for all great family vacations.

By taking these great tips into consideration you will be well on your way to planning and enjoying an unforgettable family vacation. Just remember to start the planning process early in order to ensure that you have plenty of time to simply sit back and relax during your well-earned trip.

Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum. Happy Traveling!

4 thoughts on “Planning the Perfect Family Vacation

  1. Jennifer (aka Hint Mama)

    Great tips:) I need to be better about mapping out an itinerary ahead of time. I have found, however, that just asking locals once you get somewhere can be a good way to find out about the best local playground and other kid-friendly spots you might not otherwise find out about.

    1. WillyBMum2014 Post author

      Another helpful tip while traveling, thanks for sharing. I wish I could do this right now, but we are in Croatia at the moment, and unfortunately I do not speak the language to be able to ask the local Mums I see at the park.

  2. Brandee H

    Love the idea of roughly mapping out an itinerary. Nothing set in stone but an idea of what you’d like to do. It would be such a shame to miss out on something special!


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