vacationing with kidsWith winter coming to a close, there is no time like the present to start planning a spring break escape. Family vacations don’t have to be a hassle or cost a small fortune. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning your next family getaway.

Choose a Destination Where ever you decide to visit for spring break, be sure to pick a destination that appeals to the entire family. From beaches to the mountains, plan a trip that each person will look forward to and enjoy. With end of season discounts at many ski resorts, to all-inclusive resorts and discount travel websites, there are plenty of options available.

Be Budget Conscience When planning your trip it is important to plan a budget and stick to it. With it can be tempting to splurge on a vacation, those expenses can add up and put a strain on your family long after the sunburns have faded. Consider budget friendly hotels that come with extra benefits, like a pool or breakfast.

Look for Travel Deals Family vacations don’t have to cost a fortune. Spring break season is filled with deep discounts. Research the areas accommodations and compare prices. Booking your stay in advance can often help to save you big bucks.

Pack the Essentials Packing your products and toiletries can help to reduce your vacation expenses and limit the number of errands you have to run. Don’t rely on the hotel gift shop for things like pain relievers or cold medicines, pack a small kit to ensure you are prepared if illness should arise.

Protect Your Home It is common to post all of your recent adventures and vacation fun on social media, but sharing that you are out of town can put your home at risk. Broadcasting that you are away gives thieves the green light to your home. Have a close friend or neighbor pick up your mail and check on the house while you are vacationing.

Travel Off Peak Traveling during the week instead of weekends helps to save money. Airline fares are higher and tend to be more crowded on weekends.

Plan Excursions in Advance Don’t run the risk of missing an exciting excursion or adventure. Plan your activities in advance and purchase tickets online to ensure you won’t miss any fun. For most popular restaurants, reservations can be made a month or more prior to your arrival. If you are staying at an all-inclusive resort, call the concierge to arrange excursions prior to check in.

Stay on Routine Vacation is a time to relax and let loose, but try to avoid steering too far from the normal routine. Breaking away from your daily habits can make coming home even harder. Sleep in and stay up later than normal on vacation, but try to shift back to normal bed times during the latter part of the trip.