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Planning Family Holidays – Not Mission Impossible

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Holidays don’t necessarily have to be long and extravagant, although having a good time that way is what every one of us would dream about.

Holidays can be budget friendly too, like a short camping trip, a beachfront mansion shared for the weekend, some good silent time spent with the family fishing, yachting, sailing or even a week long foreign trip. The idea is to have loads of fun, relax and forget all the worries of the world. For this, it is important to plan the trip right, especially if it is more than one family holiday, so that the relationship grows even after the vacation is over.

The first thing is to get the place and the time right. For this, you need to consider school vacation, events, annual leave and other commitments. Syncing family holidays may seem nearly impossible with the hectic life we lead, especially if both spouses are working.

Be ready to compromise and negotiate; that is when you will be able to deduce upon a suitable date and time. Next, you need to decide on the destination. Make sure there is something for everyone to do so that the holiday is enjoyable for everyone.

Beaches are an all time attraction, irrespective of age everyone loves beaches and these destinations are ideal for families with young children. Farm-stays and theme parks are a great hit with school age kids and it don’t even need a long holiday. If you have high school kids, then activity holidays are what you should be planning like hiking, skiing, etc.

Before you finalize the destination, consider the climate. For example, heading to tropical region in rainy season and having to share a house may give the family members cabin fever or even worse.

Once you decide on the time and the place, plan out the budget. Of course, holidaying is not counting dollar figures, but you surely don’t want to ruin your other payment plans just because you overspent on the single family holiday. Decide what type of stay you will need fancy five star luxuries or sleep gazing the stars.

Work out a daily budget; consider food expenses, petrol or other conveyance, entry fees and then the shopping, after all what is a holiday without shopping. Be prepared for unplanned costs, from small expense like ice-creams and fishing baits to major ones.

A well planned holiday will leave you and your families with lots of fond memories so don’t forget to carry the camera or camcorder. And last but not least—plan or no plan; a lot of fun.

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