Failure to plan is planning to fail is a quote we are all conversant with. This being true, failing to plan for a vacation is relative to planning for one that will fail. The success of every vacation is the wish for every participant. This success is gauged in terms of various expectations of the participants which necessitates having a well-prepared and thorough plan. A well-structured plan orchestrates not only the success of the vacation but also satisfaction of the participants. Here are some of the things to factor in while planning a family vacation:
Time. Consider the most convenient time for the members of the family, when kids will be out of school on holiday and when those working will be on leave.
Everyone’s expectations. What kind of place they would like, is it a beach, game reserve; what kind of fun they’d like to have, boat ride, skiing, hiking etc.; also consider their preferences in terms of climate and whether they’d like to visit locally or out of the country. Of importance get everybody around the table and get their budget estimate for the vacation.
The feedback you get forms the basis and guides your research. Get to the internet and the directory, look for specifics that match the expectations of the family. Rank the options you got in terms of cost (entry fees and accommodation fees), geographical location, favorable climatic conditions, security, distance and the best means, accessibility in terms of proximity to towns and road network, administrative restrictions. If you get one matching your criterion, inform everyone unless if you want I to be a surprise then go ahead and make your booking.
The next important is to plan on resourcing the vacation. First eliminate things that may not require cash and deduct from the budget e.g. use the family car or borrow a friend’s car instead of hiring a tour van, consider camping instead of lodging in a hotel. Make purchases for materials required e.g. Tents, skating boots etc. during offer period. To fund the remainder of the budget consider saving a portion of your salary in an interest earning account, this will require starting early or get a low interest loan.
Careful planning will enable you enjoy the best vacation cost effectively.