Global Exchange Vacation Club offers Winter Family Vacation Tips
As winter approaches, many families may be thinking about taking a winter vacation. Schools close for a couple of weeks before Christmas and more families are taking winter holidays than ever before. Some families may take a skiing vacation; others may opt to visit amusement parks or the beach. Whatever your preference, winter vacations can be memorable and rewarding for the entire family.
When discussing a family vacation, it is best to list the places that you are interested in visiting. From that list, you can determine what destinations best fit in terms of budget and time. After you have narrowed your list, go online and do some research on accommodations, restaurants, family activities and weather conditions for your chosen destination. Take into consideration amenities for the kids and senior members of your family that may be traveling with you.
Once you have determined the best vacation destination for your family, decide what mode of transportation you are going to use and make your travel reservations in advance to avoid any issues with availability.
If you are flying, you can make your airline, hotel and car rental reservations using a package deal which can save you both time and money. When making your hotel reservations, make sure you request any special needs you may have if traveling with a baby. You may need to request a crib or roll away bed and you will want to do that in advance. Many hotels now have microwaves and refrigerators but you will want to make sure that is the case before arriving.
Find out how far in advance you need to be at the airport in order to go thru security and make your way to the departing gate. Make sure you research the airline security measures that are in place at the airports so that you can pack accordingly. Lotions and liquids are no longer allowed in your carryon bag except in very small amounts. It is best to get a list of what is allowed in your carryon so that it is not confiscated when going thru the security check points.
If you are driving your own vehicle, make sure you take it in to be serviced so that you do not breakdown or get stranded when traveling to your destination. Nothing is worse than to have plans and not be able to get to your destination on time. It’s also good to carry both a first aid kit and vehicle emergency kit when traveling by automobile. Remember to bring couple gallons of water…one for drinking and one for the car in case it overheats.
Depending on the location you are traveling to and weather conditions, be sure you pack warm clothing and shoes, any medical prescriptions and supplies that may be needed, snacks and activities for the kids. Books for older children are good and of course it’s rare today for kids to go anywhere without some kind of musical device and earphones. Pillows and blankets are a good idea for naps.
So, whether you are planning a vacation in the snow or finding a warm beach at which to spend your winter vacation, careful planning and consideration will ensure that this time can be enjoyable for all members of your family.
A leader in the vacation exchange club industry, Global Exchange Vacation Club (GEVC) has been branded by RCI. Vacations through our alliance with RCI points offer a variety of flexible getaway opportunities that await our vacation exchange club members. Your global vacation ownership will open the door to a flexible reservation system offering first class accommodations, travel and recreation! – Global Exchange Vacation Club
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FROM THE ALBUM “ROBBERS AND COWARDS” – V2 RECORDS-2007