Tips for Great Family Vacations

Are you planning the next great family vacation? Whether you’re returning to your tried and true beach town, or exploring a new area all together, planning is the key to a successful vacation. Follow these recommendations from the travel professionals to ensure your vacation is full of fabulous memories instead of pitfalls. The first step is to confirm your dates and determine your budget.  One of the increasingly popular family vacation options is the rental of private homes. Private homes can have a lot of advantages over hotels. There is plenty of room to spread out in the evening and have a relaxing dinner together. Breakfast is more leisurely with everyone helping themselves – this is vacation after all!  Lots of outdoor space allow for bike rentals, stroller parking and general outdoor activities. In hotels, space is generally limited and every meal is eaten out.  While this might give the family cook a break, it certainly won’t give the budget a break.

There are many websites that showcase properties available for rent directly from owners. Be sure to select a reputable website and never send a deposit until you have connected directly with the owner. No industry is immune from scammers. The website profile of the property should indicate size, bedroom configuration and amenities. Be sure to review the property’s location. Is it within walking distance to the beach? Is is on a busy street?  Do as much research as possible to avoid any surprises upon arrival. An availability calendar and weekly rates should also be posted. Check directly with the owner on pet policies and amenities available for babies and toddlers, such a cribs, high chairs, strollers, etc. Finally confirm the details of the check-in policy. Will you be given a key or an entry code on the day of arrival? Confirm these details prior to departure.

Another great way to give the budget a break and still travel in comfort is to take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and arrange to rent a large, comfortable car from Dollar Rental Car. This is much cheaper than airline tickets. If your destination is quite a distance, consider reserving a car from Dollar Rental Car to pick up after you land. You will enjoy driving in comfort with your family at your destination!