Summer is here! With the kids out of school and plenty of warm weather, vacation season is upon us. Do you have plans to head to the cabin for a getaway this summer? If so, your head might be reeling with the ins and outs of planning. Not to worry. Here are a few tips for planning the perfect vacation, whatever your budget or destination.
- Vacation on a Budget: This tip sheet from Forbes.com provides some good ideas for keeping your vacation budget on the slim side. It’s all about planning. Figure out how much you have to spend and stick to it. Ask rental car agencies to break down their bill, including all taxes and fees, before you book so you know what your final total will be. Economize on food by eating out for some meals, but packing lunches and snacks. By thinking ahead, you can make sure your vacation doesn’t break the bank.
- Planning a Green Vacation: Your eco-friendly lifestyle can easily go on vacation with you. Look for hotels and lodgings that are environmentally conscious. There’s an ecotourism monitoring system in place to help you navigate those—look for the Green Seal for top-notch environmentally conscious or the LEED certification. Beyond your lodgings, support local businesses and do all the things you do at home—reuse, recycle and use public transportation or bike whenever possible.
- Road Trip Vacations: The road trip is an American institution. The primary concern, of course, is how to entertain the kids for that long in a small space. Don’t underestimate the power of games like “I Spy” and twenty questions, pack plenty of toys and games and try to break up the hours with pit stops. This page offers tips from readers on keeping the kiddos entertained. As for planning the trip, RoadtripAmerica.com is a great resource of maps, routes and ideas. Maybe choose a new route to the cabin this time around, or plan a jaunt to a nearby destination. There’s fun to be had everywhere in the States!
Enjoy your getaway! Have fun and be safe, and above all, enjoy some time out of your routine with your family.