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Family Vacation 101: Tips for Having a Smooth Trip

So you’ve finally followed through on the plans for a family getaway vacation. Some relaxation and fun family time is always needed but the only thing worse than never taking a break is for a break to go terribly. So now that the plans are made it’s time to plan for things to go smoothly. Here are a few tips for you on your upcoming or future family vacation:


Picking the proper destination is just as important as the idea to vacation itself. Make sure the location you plan to visit it mutual for everyone involved. Meaning, just because you have always wanted to go somewhere doesn’t mean everyone else’s hearts will be filled with joy upon arrival. Also you should ensure that your destination includes local stores and shops that have the needs of everyone attending. It would be wise to sit and discuss the best location with the family before committing to it.

Sleeping Arraignments

While you may be just fine sleeping anywhere with a mattress and a decent pillow, consider the comfort needs of the family. According to The HuffPost, this is one of the most common problems encountered on family vacations. Make sure you have enough space for it to actually feel like vacation. No one wants to spend all day on the beach feeling amazing just to go back to the room and regret not sleeping on that freezing beach sand and night. Where you sleep has everything to do with your overall relaxation levels so even if it means spending a little more on a nicer hotel, don’t hesitate.

Prepare For Obstacles

When it comes to traveling for anything a rule of thumb is to prepare for obstacles. Not that we’re saying bad things absolutely will happen but if you’re not prepared one obstacle can bring your trip to a screeching halt. One of the most common obstacles on a trip is car trouble, so if you’re driving be sure to have a spare tire, some form of roadside assistance service membership such as AAA, and/or emergency tools. Furthermore, another huge issue you might have to deal with during and after a vacation is traffic violations. Court dates are often set weeks out in the county which you are given the ticket in and courts are usually not willing to budge on having cases transferred to another county. Which means even after you leave, your problems persist. For these situations it is highly recommended you seek a traffic violation attorney.

With that being said, you should have all of your bases covered and you and your family should be ready for a great vacation with smooth sailing. While a flawless vacation is never guaranteed failure to take these tips into thorough consideration will guarantee things won’t go well. Do some good research and don’t commit where you’re unsure! We wish you the best in your travels as we send you off into the realm of rest and relaxation.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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