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.
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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14 thoughts on “Expert Summer Family Vacation Advice

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    It definitely is more economical to visit places on the off season. We have visited ski resort towns in the summer where there is lots to do and the rates are lower.

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    I prefer to visit places during the off season. I also look for places with free or discounted admission. A lot of places like museums and zoos do free or cheap days or hours.

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    Not planing a vaca this year, but I’ll tuck this back for next year. Thanks for all the info.

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    I love all these tips!!! Love posts like this where you get to meet a bunch of other people!

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    Great tips. While the hotels that offer free breakfast may be more expensive, it does save u s money in the long run.

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    Great tips from people who’s been there/done that. I especially loved the tip that we don’t have to travel a long way from home to feel like we’re on vacation. My husband and I have been doing that this summer. Picking parks throughout the state and taking our dogs on walks. They’ve turned into some of the most wonderful day trips! x

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      Exactly! I live in the northeast so a lot of nice places are 3 hours away. Perfect for an inexpensive weekend getaway.

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    Our vacation is Dec 23-29. Any tips or things we must do. 10 and 13 yr old 2 adults staying on property

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      Is this at Disney? What a great Christmas!!! How many days are you spending at the parks?

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

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    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!

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    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.

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

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