It’s that time of year again! The kids are out of school and parents are trying to plan a vacation and looking for family travel deals. A good place to start searching online is at www.travelwithkids.about.com. This site has a lot of good recommendations about where to go and what to see when traveling with the whole family. There’s a lot more than Disneyland and Disneyworld, although you can also get great family travel deals to these destinations. How about a vacation to a exotic resort that offers family oriented entertainment and activities along a pristine white sand beach bordered by turquoise blue ocean water, or maybe a family oriented cruise to a number of interesting ports of call? If you’re not sure where you want to go or what you want to do, start searching internet travel sites like www.expedia.com, www.travelocity.com, www.applevacations.com, www.cheaptickets.com, or www.suntrips.com for family travel deals.
Another good internet site to visit with good feedback and information regarding traveling with children of all ages is www.familytravelforum.com. This site has a lot of good recommendations as well as family travel deals, and a listing of kid-friendly resorts and vacation destinations, including events, activities, and accommodations available. If traveling with children to Mexico, then an all-inclusive resort may be just right. Lodging, meals, snacks, beverages, tips, and taxes are included in one price, and at many all-inclusive resorts, children stay and eat for free if under the age of twelve. This is a great family travel deal, and many of these resorts offer something for kids and adults in a family friendly environment. Travel sites have quite a bit of information available on all-inclusive resorts, and what types of activities are available to children. Many resorts offer on-site day care facilities and activities for kids of all ages, and they offer booking of family travel deals through their websites or through various travel agencies.
And why not go camping? Camping today is not like you remember it as a kid! We recently considered a weekend at the beach or a camping trip in the maountains. Since it is high-season, a weekend at the beach would have cost us $250/night! And that was just for the room! That didn’t include the inflated costs of meals. A weekend of camping at a state park, on the other hand, cost us $48. And that was for four days! Our total for groceries was $80 for the trip resulting in a net savings of $922 for the entire four days! And the state park campground had a lake for swimming with a clean, sandy beach, nice modern bathrooms with hot showers, and we as a family had a wonderful bonding experience camping under the stars,
Local travel agents can also make good recommendations about where to go depending on the ages of the children. They get a lot of feedback from other people with families and have probably traveled to many destinations themselves, so they can surely point vacationers in the right direction with lots of great family travel deals. The travel section in the local Sunday paper is also a good place to look for reasonable family travel deals. There are lots of summer promotions going on right now too, so book early to get the best family travel deal! Have fun and enjoy!