With spring break on the horizon, you may be more than ready to get out of town, but where should you go? You have lots of out-of-the-box options! Don’t feel pressured to plan the perfect vacation, fearing you won’t get another chance till summer. Believe it or not, it is possible to take a trip that pleases everyone in the family, doesn’t break the bank, and checks a few things off your travel bucket list (all in a week’s time, too). Here are my 5 tips to plan a spring break family vacation.
1. Consider visiting a less popular destination
Most families can’t wait to head to a warm destination come spring, but do you really want to spend your break battling crowds of tourists and being overcharged? While you might be sick of winter, this is actually the perfect time to take a ski vacation. Many ski resorts offer the best prices in the spring and often have snow well into April.
2. Don’t be afraid to go international
You have an entire week, after all! Instead of going to typical spring break overseas haunts like Mexico or the Caribbean, consider taking a trip to Europe, or even Asia. With flowers everywhere, spring is an incredibly beautiful time to see Europe. Spring is also a great time to visit Asia, since it’s warm enough to hit the pool and beach, but not as hot and humid as it is in the summer.
3. Keep it educational
Since the kids are in the middle of a school year, it might be fun to immerse them in exactly what they’ve been learning about. Washington, D.C. is of course, full of historical sites, but also has ah-mazing cherry blossoms this time of year. San Antonio is great if your kids have learned about The Battle of the Alamo. Atlanta is an incredible city to visit to learn about the history of the civil rights movement. And of course, any of the National Parks are all great places to learn about nature, science and conservation.
4. Go all-inclusive, or take a cruise
It’s not a surprise that many American families love cruises and all-inclusive resorts. They maximize what you can do in a short amount of time and often include childcare options via kids’s clubs, so the adults can have fun, too. All-inclusives and cruises are an especially great option for less experienced travelers, and families who don’t want to do a lot of research and planning. Pack, go, and enjoy!
5. Do a staycation
Look at your hometown through a visitor’s eyes. Where is the best place to stay, the best place to dine, and what are the best things to see and do? There is probably plenty that you never get to experience because you’re so busy with day-to-day life. Search for the coolest things to do within a 100 mile radius and then go! Especially if your family is new to traveling, or if you have very young children, this is a great way to get started.
Bonus Tip: Look into attraction passes
Many destinations have something like a city pass that lets you can check out the best attractions in town for a single price. With this pass, you can hop to and from museums and experiences without having to do a lot of planning. Select what you want, leave the rest, all while saving on admission fees. This means your family will have plenty of options for entertainment without having to stick to a schedule.
As you plan your spring break family vacation, keep my advice in mind. Avoid crowds and being overcharged by not going where all the cool kids are going. Stay near by exploring the hidden gems in your own city, or go far and see the wonders of Europe or Asia in spring. Stick to the theme of what your kids have been learning in school by choosing an educational or historical destination. Or ditch the planning altogether with an all-inclusive vacation. Remember to snag a city pass if there’s one available!
What are your tips for planning a spring break family vacation?
About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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