Tips for the Perfect Family Summer Getaway 

by | May 1, 2024 | Adventure

Summer is just around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to start planning an exciting family (or friends!) summer getaway. Whether you’re going camping, embarking on a road trip, or even traveling to a distant destination, you’re certain to make lifelong memories that you and your family will remember for years to come. Want to ensure that your next family getaway is the best one yet? Try out some of these tips! 

Look for last-minute deals. 

Booking a last-minute vacation is a great way to create some excitement and adventure. It can also be a good way to save some money on your trip. Websites like Expedia™ and Travelocity™ have options for vacations specifically booked at the last minute.  

A lot of hotels and resorts are looking to fill up those last few openings that they have, so they are more willing to give some great deals on the original price. Most of the time this is the cheapest way to book your trip—a win-win scenario for everyone involved. 

Include everyone in the planning process. 

Even when traveling as a family (or again, with friends!), each person is going to have a different experience while on vacation. It’s important to make sure that everyone feels like their specific getaway needs are met. Kids in particular love to feel like they are as much a part of the process as everyone else. When you are planning that summer trip, try to include everyone’s ideas. 

Planning on taking a road trip with the kids or grandkids? Make sure that they know what the destination is and tell them about stops along the way—it might reduce some of those “are we there yet?” questions. No promises though. 

Looking for some fun and interactive ways to keep the kids occupied while planning your trip? Try out these downloadable worksheets from We 3 Travel

Don’t pack the schedule. 

Everybody assumes that relaxation is a given when it comes to vacations. This isn’t always the case, and if you don’t set aside time specifically to relax and enjoy the break, it’s likely that you will return from your trip just as exhausted as when you left. Make sure you do the things that you want to do but remember to allow yourself to rest. 

Just like when you were planning your trip, let everybody decide on one big thing that will happen on the trip, whether that’s a trip to a local attraction, a meal at an exciting restaurant, or an afternoon set aside strictly for souvenir shopping. Be careful not to pack so much into your trip that you feel overwhelmed. Having these pre-planned activities can help you feel like you have accomplished a successful trip but plan them in moderation. 

Sometimes the best memories while on vacation come from those unplanned moments. Walking through a new city just exploring or wandering through an unfamiliar landscape are just a few examples of the type of amazing experiences you can have while on your trip—and easy on the budget, too. 

Enjoy yourself! 

With all the planning and preparation, not to mention the stress that comes from travel itself, don’t forget to enjoy yourself. It’s the whole reason you went on a summer getaway in the first place! Remember to take a step back and feel grateful for the people you’re with and the joy they bring you. Traveling can be rewarding when you do it intentionally. For more on travel, check out our blog on travel preparation