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Expert Summer Family Vacation Advice

Expert Summer Vacation Advice

Top-notch vacation advice can help you make smart decisions, stretch your dollars, and keep planning fun.

I tapped seasoned family travel bloggers for the best summer  family vacation tips they could think of.

Expert Summer Vacation Advice

Summer Family Vacation Advice – from the Experts

Heather, Daze and Knights

When we travel, we are often in the car together for up to 25 hours at a time (each way!). Our best tip is that while it is exciting to stop and see the sights on a road trip, if your real goal of the trip is the destination (and not the road trip itself), make a game of quick pit stops. For example, we try to get gas, food, and bathroom stops done all at once and in under 10 minutes. It is a fun challenge for the boys and just enough time to stretch our legs. If we make our stops too long, we find it is harder to get the boys back in the car and the travel part of the trip ends up feeling like it lasts forever!


Kim, Savvy Mama Lifestyle

If you have young kids, look for late Summer hotel bookings. After Labor Day, many schools are back in session and people stop vacationing. Take advantage of having young kids and book a trip then, when the older kids will be in school.

Jessica, The Healthy Mouse

One of my favorite places to go with my family for summer vacation is Disneyland. One of my number one tips is to go on a Saturday in the summer. Although it may seem like that would be the most crowded time, since a lot of Disneyland’s Annual Passholders are blocked out on Saturdays, it actually makes for few crowds. Also when trying to have lunch to fit in your budget, I recommend getting the kid’s power packs at quick service restaurants. They make for a good sized meal, are healthy, and are an incredible value.

Expert Summer Vacation Advice

Hannah, Eat, Drink, and Save Money

When it comes to summer travel, I always encourage people to go off the beaten path and maybe even consider visiting a place that is considered “out of season” during the summer. You’re more likely to get a good deal when you visit a place that isn’t as popular in the summer.  For example, South Florida is extremely hot in the summer. Lots of hotels and attractions offer the best deals of the year during the hot summer months because not as many people want to visit. Not only is this smart for your wallet, but it is nice to enjoy a vacation spot without all the tourists. You end up feeling more like a local!


Cheryl, Kids on a Plane

My top summer vacation tip is to find accommodations that either includes meals (like complimentary breakfast or happy hour) or one that comes with a kitchen. Summer is one of the most expensive times to travel with kids and having some meals taken care of (either by your resort/hotel or being able to cook in your room) saves so much on eating out every day

Dustin, How To MCO

Determine Goals BEFORE Your Trip
Sit down and actually have a conversation with your family about what you want to accomplish with your trip. Memorable vacations are judged as you’re driving home from the airport or when you’re unpacking and you realize that every member of the family got to experience something that they can brag about. Bring your budget into account, expectations, timeframe and don’t be afraid to write things down during the planning stages.

Erin and Mark, Points to Neverland

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The best tip I can share is that you don’t always have to go far from home in the summer to offer your family a great summer vacation experience. Camp overnight in a local campground or state park or take 2 or 3 different day trips every other week. If your family feels they aren’t on vacation unless they leave home for a week – plan early and try new experiences each summer.

Julia, Oh, Julia Ann

Choose what you carry wisely! Too many times I’ve found myself focused on my uncomfortably heavy bag instead of what I’m doing on vacation. Spend a few minutes picking your must-have items so you can find that sweet spot of just prepared enough. (And depending on your location, research the cost of a locker!)

My Own Tip
Budget, budget, budget.  You will spend the most on your family vacation if you go in blindly.  The more you plan the more you will avoid overspending.  Start with mapping out every meal and souvenirs as those are the two parts that will creep up on you.

What’s your number one summer vacation planning tip?
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Tuesday 4th of July 2017

This advice is amazing! Sadly, I have to hold off on vacation until October but this gets me excited to start planning.

Blair Villanueva

Sunday 2nd of July 2017

Thanks for these amazing advices. I would love to travel to places that I could learn a lot, those things that even money can't buy.


Saturday 1st of July 2017

I love traveling to places that have an educational value and just to get on the open road and drive! There is so much to see and take in!

Stephanie Pass

Saturday 1st of July 2017

These are so great! I'm going to have to go back and read a few for my current vacation planning.

Andrea ThePetiteCook

Saturday 1st of July 2017

Bookmarking this! These are such great tips, I'm sure they will be handy for our next holiday!

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