MDWfeatures / Shawnna Michalek


You have previously been joyriding on your parent’s family vacations, and now your time has come. Here you are, with your growing family, ready to go on the first vacation; what’s next? Yes, you probably have conflicting thoughts and feeling overwhelming you, but worry not, it will all turn out to be perfect. With a family vacation, planning is paramount. Take your time and plan as early as possible. This will not only make your vacation successful but will also help you budget for the whole trip. In this article, we will be looking at a few essential steps that will help you through your first family vacation.

  1. Know your family’s interests

What do your children enjoy doing? Is it swimming, hiking, surfing? What exactly is it? It is possible for different members of the family to have different interests, but the good thing is that you can integrate them all and find a suitable destination that will meet all the needs. Remember, your aim as a parent is to ensure that every family member has a memorable experience. Therefore, you can have a family meeting and get to find out everyone’s opinions on what they want to do during the vacation.

  1. Do your homework

Now that you have already identified what your family interests are, it’s time to get to work. Be sure to research tour destinations that your family members will enjoy visiting. Get a list of the places you might feel are good enough and are aligned to your family’s interests. If you feel overwhelmed, do not hesitate to ask your family members to help you decide. However, as you’re picking a destination, you need to have a budget in mind. Vacations need not be expensive. Did you know that you can spend less on a family vacation and still have the time of your lives? It is very possible! But it all narrows down to proper planning.

After agreeing on the destination, go ahead and find out the customs and traditions of people living in that area. Having that in mind will help you fit in fast and enjoy your vacation altogether.

  1. Budget for your trip

Budget! Budget! Budget! Family vacations call for budgeting. You have to factor in a lot of costs such as transportation costs, food costs, accommodation costs, and entertainment costs to mention a few. Going short of money during a family vacation is the last thing you would ever wish for yourself. Ensure that you come up with a comprehensive budget that will see you through the vacation. So much so, always spare some money for a backup. Sometimes, the least expected things happen such as your kid falling sick or something of the sort; regardless, ensure that you have some cash for such emergencies.

  1. Book your flights and accommodation

A pro tip; always book your flights and accommodation 1 to 2 months before traveling. Why? This is because early bookings often come with discounts. Also, if you want to minimize the costs, you can choose to visit during the off-peak seasons as opposed to peak seasons where prices are hiked. During the low seasons, you might have the opportunity to enjoy yourself in the best luxury villas Antigua without having to break your bank. Furthermore, the flight prices during the low seasons are also lower. In the long run, you would have saved some bucks, and at the same time, enjoyed the perks that came with luxurious traveling.    

  1. Start packing early

Getting to your destination only to find out you forgot your charger or something very essential is devastating. For one, you will have inconvenienced yourself, and secondly, you might have to spend some money to get a new set. However, when you and your family start packing early enough, the chances of forgetting essentials is quite minimal. First, come up with a list of what you need during the vacation depending on how long you will be staying. Secondly, ask every family member to place their stuff in one place and start packing as you check the list. If you have teenagers, you want to be very keen while they are packing. Some of them are very cheeky and might try sneaking in a packet of cigarettes or liquor, which might land you in trouble at the airport.