Enjoying a Winter Vacation

Planning A Beach Vacation For Your Family

Few things in life are as memorable as family beach vacations. Unfortunately, things don't always go as you have pictured in your mind. Here, you'll find a few tips that can help you get through the planning process without forgetting any important elements of the plans.

Choose the Date

Do you have the dates for your vacation set? If you're free to travel at any time of the year, you'll have the freedom to take your trip when everyone else is home suffering through another day at work. When you travel during the off-season, you'll be able to save quite a bit of cash on the entire vacation.

If you're traveling to an area unknown to you, spend some time on the local websites to find out if there are events going on in the area during the time that you'll be visiting. It's not always the national holidays that cause travel expenses to rise – it can be those small-town festivals that draw in crowds that book up all of the hotels and increase the cost of the stay during that time. A week later, that same hotel room could be half the price.

Book a Hotel

As you're searching for a beach hotel for your family, you will spend lots of time looking at pictures, reading reviews and examining maps. How far from the beach is the hotel? How close do you want to be to the beach? Are there any amenities that the kids will enjoy at the hotel?

How much time do you plan on spending at the hotel? Will you be spending your time out and about and just sleeping at the hotel, or will your family be spending most of your time right there?

If you plan on spending a good portion of your vacation in the hotel, make sure that it has everything that your family will need to enjoy yourselves and remain comfortable during your stay.

Pack the Right Stuff

Many people get to the hotel and realize how many things they miss from home – things like a hamper for dirty laundry, enough hangers to hang everyone's clothes, pillows that support your neck.

Pick up a portable pop-up hamper to take with you. This will eliminate the dirty clothes pile in the corners of the room.

Take along some flip-flops so you don't have to struggle with shoes each time you want to leave the room.

Enjoy your time with your family – this vacation can be the one that everyone will remember for good things – not the bad.