For sure you are excited to get a jump-start on your spring break plans to party on the beach or take the kids on an adventure. But before you book your trip, consider these tips first for extra savings, packing and more.
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Choose the right destination for your family.
Discuss ideas for travel destinations and what to do during your free time; be sure each person has something to look forward to on the trip. All-inclusive resorts are a great option, with activities for kids, spas for parents, and beaches and pools for the whole family to enjoy together. Make sure you all agreed with the place of destination so everyone can enjoy.
Stick to your budget.
Don’t blow your annual vacation budget in March or April if you plan to escape in the summer. If the trip itself is more important than accommodations, opt for a budget-friendly hotel with extra perks, like a pool and complimentary breakfast, rather than a luxurious resort. Also allot a separate amount of money for the inevitable splurge purchases.
Take advantage of travel deals.
Many resorts and hotels offer deep discounts for spring break travel. Research the hotels and resorts in the area to which you’ll be traveling, and compare prices. Oftentimes, simply booking your accommodations in advance can save you big money.
Protect yourself and your home.
Sharing updates about your family’s trip on social media can be fun, but dangerous. Do not state that your home is vacant during your trip. Instead, tell trustworthy friends and family that you’ll be traveling, and ask them to visit your house once or twice to ensure there is no suspicious activity. Ask the trusted person to pick up your mail, spend some time with the lights on in the house, and to be sure all windows and doors are locked.
Keep the kids on a routine.
Don’t get too far away from your daily habits while traveling — coming home will be even harder. Sleep in, but wake up earlier on the last day or two prior to departure. Bedtimes should obviously be extended — it’s vacation — but don’t over do it or falling asleep on school nights will be tough once you’re back at home. Try to stick to the same meal schedule, too.
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