Everyone’s idea of a perfect vacation is different, so planning a family vacation can be quite a challenge!
Susie wants to go to an amusement park.
Johnny could spend everyday at a baseball game.
Mom just wants to relax by the pool and read a book, and Dad can’t wait to go fishing!
Plan a family vacation that everyone will like
When it comes to planning a family vacation, it’s important to make sure that everyone gets a chance to do what they want, so this year let everyone have a turn being the “tour guide.” When you’re the “tour guide,” you’re in charge of vacation planning for the day (or more days if it’s a longer vacation). Here’s how it works:
- At least one month before vacation, have a family meeting to discuss what everyone would like to do, and choose a destination that will please everyone. Tip: Opt for a road trip to save money and allow for more activities.
- Mom and Dad will set a daily budget, and each family member is in charge of planning their day. This includes all meals and activities, but remember you must stick to the budget!
- As far as lodging, if you’re going to stay at the same destination for the entire trip, let Mom and Dad arrange the accommodations. If your vacation is a road trip with different destinations each night, you might consider letting the person in charge choose the lodging.
A few years ago our family “road-tested” this method of vacation planning, and it was a huge hit! At the time, we lived in Houston, and we chose to go to San Antonio.
Day 1 – Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Day 2 – Sea World
Day 3 – Golf
Day 4 – Hiking in a State Park
Let everyone play “tour guide” this summer, and you’ll discover a budget friendly family vacation that pleases everyone!
|Kristl’s kids, day one of their creative vacation week|