With Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas just a few months away, it is time to be considering options. For many, this is a long vacation time. Do not let the traditional ideas of being home or traveling to a certain parent’s home keep you from a long-desired trip. It is possible to take the entire family – that parent included – on a great trip without disregarding the holiday habits. Here are a few important tips.
Plan Long in Advance
It is an old adage that Christmas or Thanksgiving can be incredibly stressful times. You may be off work (thank goodness!), but you could have energy-filled kids running around the house or hard-to-please in-laws coming into town. These holidays require a great deal of planning. Just because you are taking a trip for the holiday, does not mean you should throw all your years of careful planning out the window. Arranging a great holiday on the road can be even more stressful than having one at home, but it does not have to be if you plan carefully and in advance.
Consider How Your Packing May Be Effected
Packing is one of those to-do items that can make even the most enthusiastic traveler a little wary. Picking out every little outfit is both stressful and tiresome. Unfortunately, when you are heading on a vacation for a major holiday, this may require a bit more consideration. Many holiday travelers head to climates that are very different from their own, so it is important not to wait until the last minute to get your bikini out of the attic or purchase a pair of ski gloves. You also may need to consider how you will bring your children’s holiday presents or bring a platter to serve the centerpiece of your holiday meal.
Research Food and Beverage Options Nearby
The focal point of most holidays is the big family meal. When you are not in your own home or a family member’s house, this becomes yet another item which requires more planning. Most major cities and vacation destinations, like resorts, will have restaurants that offer a traditional meal. Call your hotel or search the Internet and see what is available in you vacation spot. Finding a restaurant whose offerings fit your family’s style and desires will be important for ensuring you have a great holiday.
Look Into Home Rentals
Hotels are great for most vacations. You have a place to stay, and the luxury of someone else to clean up after you. However, because holidays are so family-centered, staying in an apartment or home can be a great alternative. There are many home rental or home trade services available, so you can choose something that fits your family’s bedroom requirements. If this is a multi-family vacation, these options are typically cheaper than hotel rooms, as well.
Have a Great Vacation
While planning is important, it is also crucial that you have a great time on your vacation. Do not be afraid to drop a family tradition that just does not fit into the vacation’s time or capabilities. Enjoy your stay in this place and make new traditions with your family!
Terry Carter writes about travel and camping for Camping Gear Outlet.